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Donation supports CDHC project

Orlando, Fla.—Students in the ADA's Community Dental Health Coordinator pilot project will benefit from a significant in-kind donation from Henry Schein Inc., the Association announced.

Among other acknowledgments, the ADA will recognize Henry Schein's contribution during the ADA annual session Oct. 9-12 in Orlando.

The donation will provide nearly $860,000 in dental office equipment needed for the second and third cohort students in pilot project training.

Henry Schein Cares logo and ADA logo

The first cohort of 10 students will complete their internships at the end of September and receive certificates of completion.

The ADA will present a brief segment on the CDHC program during the Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series that begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 9 at the Orange County Convention Center. Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein, will be on hand to make a presentation to ADA President Ron Tankersley.

"In today's changing U.S. health care environment, community health centers are going to play a critical role in providing education and preventive care and in expanding access to dental and medical care for more patients," said Mr. Bergman. "Our support of the ADA's Community Dental Health Coordinator program is an important new chapter in Henry Schein's long-term partnership with the ADA to expand the skilled team that a dentist leads and increase access to oral health care for underserved communities across the country."

"We are deeply appreciative of Henry Schein's long history of generous support for the ADA's outreach and humanitarian programs," said Dr. Tankersley. "Henry Schein is unique, because it does more than just make donations. The company actually works with us to find solutions to oral health problems. Its support for the CDHC pilot project demonstrates Schein's total commitment to dental care for the underserved.

"We are gratified that Henry Schein shares our hope that this new dental team member will have a meaningful impact on oral health literacy, preventive services and access to definitive care by dentists," Dr. Tankersley added. "On behalf of our members, I thank Henry Schein for their continued pursuit for improved oral health."

The Community Dental Health Coordinator workforce model was developed in response to ADA House Resolution 3H-2006 and 25H-2006. The 2008 ADA House of Delegates passed a resolution that committed funding for a five-year CDHC pilot project.

CDHCs will be trained to help patients in their own communities through education and prevention programs. They also will help patients in need of care navigate the health system and access care by dentists.

CDHC training also includes specific clinical duties—screenings, fluoride treatments, placement of sealants and temporary fillings, and simple teeth cleanings (scaling for periodontal type 1-gingivitis), to be performed under dentist supervision. CDHCs will not excavate caries but could place temporary restorations upon approval by a dentist.

CDHCs will work primarily in public health and community settings like clinics, schools, churches, senior citizen centers, Head Start programs, and other public settings with people of ethnic and cultural backgrounds similar to the CDHCs. They will interface with a variety of dental providers, including clinics, community health centers, the Indian Health Service and private practice dentists.

"This is a great opportunity for industry and the Association to work together for the improvement of oral health in underserved populations," said Dr. W. Ken Rich, ADA 6th District trustee and Board liaison for the CDHC project. "We really appreciate that Schein understands the significance of the project. We are pleased to have their support and look forward to working with them to improve the oral health of many."

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