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Henry Schein Inc. Donates Equipment to ADA Community Dental Health Coordinator Pilot Program
Date:10/8/2010

hat this new dental team member will have a meaningful impact on oral health in access to care."

CDHCs are based on the community health worker model, which has proven extremely successful in similar capacities in the medical system. CDHCs can be employed by Federally Qualified Health Clinics, the Indian Health Service and tribal clinics, state or county public health clinics or private practice dental clinics in underserved areas.

"In today's changing U.S. health care environment, community health centers will play a critical role in providing education and preventive care and in expanding access to dental and medical care for more patients," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein.  "Our support of the ADA's Community Dental Health Coordinator program is an important new chapter in Henry Schein's long-term relationship with the ADA to increase access to oral health care for underserved communities across the United States."

The ADA's pilot program to train CDHCs is currently underway at three underserved sites —rural, urban and Native American.  Each pilot program is under the direction of a major university.  Temple University in Pennsylvania is training students to work in urban areas; the University of Oklahoma is training students to work in rural communities; and the University of California at Los Angeles in conjunction with Salish Kootenai College in Montana is training students to work in Native American communities. All of the educational institutions collaborate with Rio Salado College in Tempe, Ariz., to deliver the online and clinical components of the curriculum.

The first group of CDHCs completed training programs in Oklahoma and California on Sept. 26, and the second group is scheduled to graduate in the fall of 2011.

The ADA will recognize Henry Schein's contribution during the ADA annual session Oct. 9-12 in Orlando, Fla., during the opening session that begins at 8 a.m.
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