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U.S. Capitol Hill Day: AO-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program

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Dano Elizabeth Warren and Fingrut Hill Day 2On Yom HaShoah, Monday, April 24th a group of AO dentists and guests met with their key staffers on Capitol Hill to discuss the oral health needs of economically vulnerable Holocaust survivors. In addition, Dr. David Dano (Boston) and Dr. Jack Fingrut (Toronto) met with Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. 

The AO chapters represented were: Boston, Illinois, London, New York, Ohio, Phoenix, Toronto and Greater Washington, D.C. Also, joining us were Ms. Allison Neale, Public Policy Advisor, Office of the Chairman and CEO at Henry Schein and Ms. Aviva Sufian, former Special Envoy for Holocaust Survivor Services. At lunch, there was a panel of speakers: Dr. Allen Finkelstein, Dr. Laurie Gordon-Shaw, Allison Neale, Aviva Sufian, and Heidi Weber.

2017 Hill Day Group

The morning kicked off at Hall of the States with a guest speaker, David Furr, Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, 3rd District of Nevada. Congresswoman Rosen issued the following press release: "Today and every day is a reminder that hate has no place in our communities. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honor the memory of the six million Jewish mothers, fathers, and children whose lives were taken away solely based on their beliefs and their identities. It is incumbent upon every individual living in our society to stand up against hate and bigotry wherever it may live. When we say 'never again,' that means never again for anyone."

Of special note was that the work of the Program was written into the Congressional Record by Congressman Thomas R. Suozzi, Democrat, New York, District 3. A special thank you to Allison Neale, Seema Bhansali, Chris Munzing, and all of Team Schein for their assistance.

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017 we will follow up these visits by holding "Hill Day at Home." AO dentists in the U.S. will visit their legislators in their home districts. More information on this to follow.

Thank you to our consultant, Anne DarConte and her assistant, Bradley Smith and to all who participated. We are grateful to all of you for your efforts in advancing the goals of this program. 

Press Release 

AO-HSC Program Newsletter

U.S. Congressional Record

 

 

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