This year marks the 10th anniversary of
the collaboration between NYU College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) and Henry Schein Cares, the global
corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein, Inc. More than 3,000
people—2,049 children and 1,076 adults—in four different countries received
free dental care during the 2018-19 school year, thanks to the NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student
NYU Dentistry’s outreach program
provides free dental services to populations facing barriers to oral health.
Those barriers include a lack of local dental providers, economic hardship and
inadequate health insurance coverage. Traveling to communities in
interdisciplinary teams of general dentists and dental specialists, NYU
Dentistry students receive hands-on, clinical instruction and are exposed to
public health issues under the guidance of faculty, alumni, local partners and
“The NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares
Global Student Outreach Program is designed with two goals in mind: delivering
and sustaining oral health improvements in host communities and creating
exceptional service-learning experiences for our students. Through our
outreach, we are fulfilling a critical health need, conducting meaningful
public health research and transforming the way future oral health care
providers view their roles in society,” says Stuart Hirsch, D.D.S., Vice Dean
for International Initiatives and Continuing Dental Education at NYU Dentistry.
Henry Schein donates the oral health
supplies and materials for each outreach program. The teams use these products
to provide routine and urgent dental services, including screenings and preventive
and restorative treatment for children and adults at no cost to the patient.
“We are pleased to support NYU Dentistry
in its efforts to provide care to remote and underserved populations around the
world, offer crucial learning opportunities for its students, and build the
capacity of local community partners to provide care,” says Henry Schein
Chairman and CEO Stanley Bergman. “NYU Dentistry was Henry Schein’s founding
partner for the Global Student Outreach Program 10 years ago, and the positive
impact our teams have made together speaks to what is possible through
public-private partnerships. We thank NYU Dentistry for its work this academic
year, and look forward to what we are able to accomplish together in the years
Communities Near and Far
Barriers to oral health exist both in
the United States and abroad. This year, NYU Dentistry’s outreach program took
teams to three domestic locations (Clinton County and Dutchess County, NY, and
Machias, ME) and four international locations (Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Cuenca,
Ecuador; Surkhet, Nepal; and Pokhara, Nepal).
Last fall was the first time NYU
Dentistry hosted a week-long clinic in Clinton County in northeast New York, on
the border of Canada. United Healthcare recognized that many of its members in
the North Country had not seen a dentist in the past year, so it partnered with
NYU Dentistry to fund the clinic in Plattsburgh. Patients received dental care
with no out-of-pocket cost.
A team from NYU Dentistry will return in
This also marked the first year that the
NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program provided care
in Cuenca, Ecuador, and Pokhara, Nepal. NYU Dentistry previously conducted
outreach programs in Ecuador and Nepal, but returned to new cities based on
local needs and partnerships.
Building Sustainable Models of
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 the efforts. 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. 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.
Transforming Future Dental
Each year, nearly 200 NYU dental, dental
hygiene and advanced dental education 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.
“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,” says Nicole Haydt, D.D.S., who
graduated from NYU Dentistry CD in May. As a dental student she traveled to
Cambodia and Nepal with the program.
“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,” says Catherine Lee, D.D.S., 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.”
Courtesy of Rachel Harrison, Senior
Public Affairs Officer, New York University. The full article can be found online.
Published on August 14,