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07/10/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2019 14:39

NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program Provided Free Oral Healthcare to 3,000+ People During 2018-2019 School Year

Building Sustainable Models of Care
As part of its outreach efforts, the NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program works to implement sustainable oral health prevention, including identifying and training local members of the community who can continue efforts on an ongoing basis. For instance, in Cambodia, NYU Dentistry partners with University of Puthisastra's Faculty of Dentistry, which is already successfully implementing oral health education, screening, and preventive care such as sealants and silver diamine fluoride (SDF). During the November 2018 outreach, NYU Dentistry helped with urgent dental treatment needs such as restorations, extractions, and root canals.

In addition, NYU Dentistry has started to transition out of providing clinical care in Kathmandu, Nepal, empowering local partners to take ownership of the program through classroom toothbrushing and referring children to a local dental college as a permanent dental home.

'We have been coming to Kathmandu since 2013, and have measured a marked improvement in the children's oral health,' said Hirsch. 'It is time for the sustainability to be entirely in the community's control in the coming years.'

Transforming Future Dental Professionals
Each year, nearly 200 NYU dental, dental hygiene, and postgraduate students participate in outreach programs. These intensive, community-based clinical experiences give students hands-on training and one-on-one clinical instruction from supervising faculty.

But beyond learning the skills to maintain healthy smiles, students also describe having transformative experiences, rethinking their roles as future health care providers and gaining a deeper understanding of barriers to healthcare in different settings.

'I have had the opportunity of entering communities and learning about the daily challenges others face that I simply take for granted. Lack of nutritious foods, access to a dental clinic, fluoridated water, and ability to afford toothpaste are just some of the obstacles people endure, keeping them from better oral health and a full smile,' reflected Nicole Haydt, who as a dental student traveled to Cambodia and Nepal with the NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Global Student Outreach Program.

'Serving globally has allowed me to visualize a greater purpose for how I want to live my life, and work with a team to provide care for those most in need,' added Haydt, who graduated from NYU Dentistry in May.

'The cultures and communities in which we served are varied and complex, as are the reasons why those who need dental care the most aren't receiving it,' said Catherine Lee, who participated in outreach trips to Ecuador and Maine as a dental student and also graduated in May from NYU Dentistry. 'My dental global public health training at NYU has profoundly impacted how I think about my career in dentistry and has strengthened my sense of responsibility not only locally, but also to the global community.'

For the 2019-2020 school year, NYU Dentistry will send teams to Clinton County, NY; Pokhara and Surkhet, Nepal; Cuenca, Ecuador; and Machias, Maine. Other sites under consideration include Hudson, Windham, and Malone, NY; and Cape Town, South Africa.

About NYU College of Dentistry
Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating 9 percent of the nation's dentists. NYU Dentistry has a significant global reach with a highly diverse student body. Visit http://dental.nyu.edu for more.

About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 19,000 Team Schein Members worldwide, the Company's network of trusted advisors provides more than 1 million customers globally with more than 300 valued solutions that improve operational success and clinical outcomes. Our Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions help office-based dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can provide quality care more effectively. These solutions also support dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, as well as other alternate care sites.

Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items.

A FORTUNE 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 31 countries. The Company's sales from continuing operations reached $9.4 billion in 2018, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 13 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.

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