Apa Scholars partnering in “Prevention is Power”

Feb. 21, 2024
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Last week the Henry Schein Cares Foundation (HSCF) announced the launch of Prevention is Power™, a multi-year public health awareness campaign to help improve health literacy and strengthen patient utilization of integrated, preventive care, with the goal of reducing incidences of chronic diseases as well as overall health care spending. HSCF is a philanthropic vehicle that advocates and supports efforts to advance health equity and empower health care professionals to promote a healthier tomorrow.

To achieve the campaign’s goals, HSCF is partnering with a diverse cross-section of leading medical and dental provider associations, including the American Dental Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), National Medical Association (NMA), The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), and other trusted organizations.

HSCF has also partnered with the CUNY SPH Foundation which, with the current cohort of Dr. Michael Apa Scholars in Oral Population Health, will collect data from participating community health centers and evaluate the impact and efficacy of the Health Care Screening Program.

In the second phase of the program, expected to launch in Q4 2024, Prevention is Power will develop and implement pilot programs to bring new patients to regular primary care and oral care. These pilot programs, in targeted geographies, will use an agile approach by testing and measuring the impact of various public health awareness outreach models to different populations.

“We are thrilled to partner with two impactful organizations, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation and NACHC, in this important work aimed at improving patient outcomes through education and engagement,” said Dean Ayman El-Mohandes. “I am especially grateful for this opportunity for our esteemed Dr. Michael Apa Scholarship recipients to gain valuable experience in this effort to improve oral health at the community level.”