Our Project Health campaign connects multicultural communities with large numbers of uninsured or underinsured residents to no-cost comprehensive health assessments that detect early risks for chronic conditions.
Since its founding in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $127 million in free health care services to nearly 1.7 million Americans. These screenings are often how an estimated one-third of attendees first become aware of a health concern or condition.
As part of Building Healthier Communities, we are expanding Project Health to reach more underserved and underinsured communities. Our goal is to reach 180 million people in 16 U.S. markets and Puerto Rico, for a projected consumer value of $8.5 million.
So far in 2019 our progress toward that goal has included the kick-off of Project Health events statewide in California. Events are taking place throughout 2019 in Los Angeles and during select months in San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego. Additionally, we expanded Project Health screenings across the greater Houston, Texas, area during the month of April.
The expansion is also doing more to screen for the social determinants of health, including family, education, housing and access to fresh food. Project Health participants who receive abnormal screenings are referred to treatment and advised on follow-up care. For uninsured and underinsured patients, we provide a directory of low- and no-cost primary care options. We also offer an Individual Health Access Plan with an explanation of screening results, including a comparison to target numbers, and nutrition and fitness suggestions.
More than 87 percent of patients who attend Project Health events report following up with their primary care physician and were significantly more likely to proactively discuss their blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar levels.
For a full calendar of our Project Health events, please visit cvs.com/projecthealth.