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Holocaust Survivors Program

Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program


AOHSC Holocaust Survivors ProgramThe Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program commenced in January 2015 as a pilot three-year initiative to provide pro-bono dental care to a total of 250-300 Holocaust survivors across nine North American metropolitan areas in the first year. The initial participating areas included Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, Philadelphia, Seattle, Montreal, and Toronto. Since the inception of the program, over 700 survivors have received treatment. The program has expanded to eleven additional cities and three dental schools: Atlanta, Calgary, Cincinnati, Dallas, Greater Washington, DC area, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Francisco, Winnipeg, A.T Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Temple University Maurice H Kornberg School of Dentistry  and New York University College of Dentistry.

The program focuses on providing oral care of the most economically vulnerable Holocaust survivors who are served by the network of Jewish Family and Children's Service agencies and identified partner organizations, as well as individuals of any faith who were victims of Nazi persecution and meet the other eligibility requirements of the program.The individuals who participate in the program are directly referred through the local Jewish Family and Children's Service agencies or another identified partner organization. In addition to financial need, the three critical factors in prioritizing patients for participation are: elimination of pain, restoring function and lack of dental coverage. A clear set of clinical guidelines will direct the specific scope of care to be provided through this program.

Generous financial support for the coordination of this program has been provided by The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, the program's Guardian supporter, and Curt C. & Else Silberman Foundation, the program's Benefactor supporter. Additional generous financial support has been provided by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc., Bedford Health Care Solutions, The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, Inc., and the Wagner Family Foundation.