There are approximately 80,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States today, and nearly one-third live at or below the poverty level, making it all but impossible to access the care and support services they so desperately need. Access to care and support services grows more critical as this population ages and becomes susceptible to compounding health issues. Survivors often have special oral health needs, as many experienced prolonged nutritional deprivation and received little or no dental care throughout their childhoods, compromising their lifelong oral health.
In 2015, Alpha Omega International Dental Society and Henry Schein Cares responded to this need by launching the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program. This program provides pro bono oral care to the most economically vulnerable Holocaust survivors, in addition to individuals of any faith who are survivors of Nazi persecution and meet the eligibility requirements of the program. In addition to financial need, the three critical factors in prioritizing patients for participation are: elimination of pain, restoration of function, and lack of dental coverage. A clear set of clinical guidelines directs the specific scope of care provided through this program. The scope of treatment is wide and comprehensive, ranging from emergency care to restorative, endodontic, periodontal, oral surgery, and prosthetic treatment—all expertly delivered free of charge.
Since January 2015, the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program has treated over 1,600 Survivors across the United States and Canada. Over $4.7 million U.S. dollars in treatment value has been donated by AO dentists. The Program is currently operating in the following cities:
Participating U.S. Cities/Areas
- Broward County, Florida
- Los Angeles
- New York City and New York / New Jersey Metropolitan Area
- Southern Jersey / Philadelphia
- San Francisco
- Greater Washington, D.C. Area
- West Hartford
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Participating Dental Schools
- A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
- New York University College of Dentistry
- Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry Clinic at KleinLife
- Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College
- University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Why Dental Schools Should Participate:
- Participation provides dental students – the next generation of dental professionals – a greater understanding of how their skills can make a positive difference in the world.
- Partnerships positively impact the survivor participants and their families as well as their communities by expanding access to care for those in need.
- This unparalleled educational experience provides dental students the opportunity to meet and interact with survivors and learn about their experiences – so critical to ensuring that this history is never repeated.
Participating Canadian Cities