CVS Health and Truth Initiative® have partnered to help end smoking and tobacco use at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and community colleges across the country with the goal of increasing the number of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.
The “truth × CVS Health Foundation” tobacco-free campus initiative is part of CVS Health’s Be The First campaign, the company’s five year, $50 million commitment to helping deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have set actionable and measurable goals for Be The First, including a doubling of the number of tobacco-free educational institutions in the United States.
Keeping campuses smoke- and tobacco-free
While smoking rates among youth and young adults have fallen in recent decades, tobacco use remains a significant public health concern. Fewer than one-half of all HBCUs and fewer than one-third of all community colleges have 100 percent smoke-free policies in place.
Statistics show that nearly all smokers — 99 percent — begin using tobacco before age 27.
The Truth Initiative hosts awareness events on campuses and employs several community outreach managers responsible for connecting with schools across the country. Through support from the CVS Health Foundation, the Truth Initiative has provided funding to 106 grantees, including 42 HBCUs and 64 community colleges. At the end of 2017, a total of 61 colleges, including 18 HBCU grantees and 43 community college grantees, had successfully adopted 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policies.
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
We believe that we are uniquely positioned to address some of the health challenges communities across the U.S. face. To do so, the CVS Health Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) on a multi-year program, with grants awarded to free and charitable clinics nationwide to increase access to care, improve health outcomes and lower overall health care costs across the country in innovative and strategic ways. Since launching the partnership with NAFC, the CVS Health Foundation has delivered a total of more than $4.5 million in funding to free and charitable clinics across the country.
Increased access to care
Grants awarded in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics have allowed grantees to increase operating hours and the number of patient visits, resulting in a decrease in the number of emergency room visits and improved patient compliance.
Our partnership with NAFC enables us to better identify and support free and charitable clinics that help to improve outcomes among patients with chronic conditions by offering a wide range of coordinated services, including screening, fitness classes, case management, and health education. Patients who benefit from these services are typically uninsured, underinsured, or otherwise unable to access a variety of health care services.
National Association of Community Health Centers
At CVS Health, our purpose of helping people on their path to better health guides everything that we do. We are committed to providing our patients, customers, clients and the communities they serve with the resources they need to achieve this. In 2012, the CVS Health Foundation launched a partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) on a multi-year program to award grants in support of the development of innovative, community-based programs that expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved populations and expand the focus on chronic disease and prescription drug abuse management and prevention. Since launching the partnership with NACHC, the CVS Health Foundation has delivered more than $5 million in funding to community health centers across the United States.
Combating opioid abuse in underserved communities
To address the growing public health change of opioid misuse and abuse, the CVS Health Foundation also turned to NACHC to help tackle the problem. Community health centers have a unique opportunity to address the opioid crisis and support drug abuse for patients in their communities. Through this partnership, grant opportunities are made available to community health centers that have established or plan to establish community-based care model for screening, identifying, engaging, and coordinating care for patients inappropriately using prescription medications and other substances. In addition to funding, grant recipients also receive access to free training, technical assistance, and coaching services, as well as the opportunity to tap into the collaborative power of health center teams and behavioral health integration experts.
Additionally, the CVS Health Foundation and NACHC convened a panel of experts to develop a protocol of best practices for community health centers on provider prescribing guidelines, medication-assisted treatment, behavioral health, and collaboration with other community organizations to treat and prevent prescription drug abuse among at-risk patients. These guidelines serve as a resource for community health centers receiving grants from this partnership to provide treatment for opioid addiction.
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A CVS Health Foundation grant is helping the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center enhance their opioid abuse treatment programs.
2017 and 2018 NACHC Community Health Grant recipients2017 and 2018 NACHC Community Health Grant recipients
Grant funding from the CVS Health Foundation helps the clinics serve those in need in their local communities.
American Heart Association
Go Red for Women®
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women. That’s why CVS Health is proud to be the national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement to empower women to take charge of their heart health. We’re encouraging people across the country to make a donation to support heart health research and education. Donate today.
Know your numbers
Five personal health numbers can help patients determine their risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. The tests to determine these numbers are simple, and the results provide patients with the information they need to take steps toward improving their health, especially their cardiovascular health.
Local and affordable access to screenings
MinuteClinic is a local and affordable community health resource for your heart health needs all year long. No appointment is necessary, and 50% of Americans live within 10 miles of a MinuteClinic. Find a MinuteClinic near you.
In celebration of American Heart Month you can make a date with your heart and get a no-cost heart health screening at MinuteClinic® during select Thursdays in February (February 6, February 13 and February 20).
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Learn simple ways to help your heart stay healthy and reduce your risk.
American Cancer Society
Supporting the fight against cancer
CVS Health understands how important it is to attack cancer from every angle. That’s why we’ve pledged to raise a minimum of $10 million for the American Cancer Society® over three years. The money raised will fund breakthrough research with a focus on reducing smoking and tobacco use. Donate today.
The second annual campaign kicks off with in-store fundraising from August 4 through 24, 2019, giving CVS Pharmacy customers the opportunity to donate at the registers of 8,000 locations nationwide.
In addition to in-store fundraising, CVS Health and American Cancer Society are working together to identify opportunities along a patient’s cancer journey to increase access to health products and services along the way. CVS Health is also the official pharmacy retailer of American Cancer Society.
This year, CVS Pharmacy customers can also support the American Cancer Society by purchasing a Hallmark greeting card. For every Hallmark card purchased from August 4 through 24, $1 will go to the American Cancer Society, up to $50,000. Shoppers will also find an exclusive line of cards that Hallmark developed with the American Cancer Society to help people connect when they may not have the words.
A long-standing partnership
The CVS Health Foundation and American Cancer Society partnered in 2016 to deliver more than $3.5 million in grants to 125 institutions of higher learning to help accelerate and expand the number of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free college and university campuses throughout the United States. The grants help institutions take a comprehensive approach to implement tobacco-free campus policies, including cessation, education and support services for students.
The partnership created the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative, part of Be The First, CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million initiative that supports education, advocacy, tobacco control and healthy behavior programming.
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An in-store opportunity to honor and support family and friends affected by cancer.
American Lung Association
Joining forces to help save more lives affected by COVID-19
Now more than ever, lung health is a critical concern. That’s why CVS Health is partnering with the American Lung Association (ALA) to support their new COVID-19 Action Initiative, which will increase access to the vaccine for those who need it most and expand detection tests and treatment therapies to defend against respiratory viruses.
COVID-19 can have a devastating impact on the lungs, leaving 36 million Americans living with lung disease at high risk.
Cough and shortness of breath are the two most common symptoms, and severe cases can lead to pneumonia or respiratory failure. We’re still learning about the disease and the potential for long-term impacts. Testing and a vaccine are key to ending the pandemic. The COVID-19 Action Initiative will build on the ALA’s extensive lung health experience and existing research network to help save more lives impacted by COVID-19, especially for those individuals most vulnerable to or hardest hit by the respiratory virus, including older adults, those living with a lung disease, and Black and Hispanic communities.
Help us build a future without Alzheimer’s.
1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Currently, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, and that number is expected to grow to 14 million by 2050.
To show our support for all who are impacted by Alzheimer’s, including those living with the disease, their families and caregivers, we’ve committed to raising $10 million over the next three years for the Alzheimer’s Association.
This November, CVS Pharmacy customers can support the Alzheimer’s Association at CVS Pharmacy by rounding up their change at checkout or donating online at ALZ.org/CVSdonate. 100% of all donations will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. Customers can also support the Alzheimer’s Association through the purchase of World’s Finest Chocolate through December 24. CVS Pharmacy will donate 20% of proceeds to Alzheimer’s Association, up to $100,000.
Supporting people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers is more important now than ever. Dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk of COVID-19, and dementia caregivers may have limited access to support services.
We are also proud to serve as National Presenting Sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Together with the Alzheimer’s Association, we are inspiring our colleagues, customers, clients and patients to join the fight against this disease.
Learn more about our work to support Alzheimer’s, dementia and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at ALZ.org/CVS.
It’s estimated that the U.S. alone uses 100 billion plastic bags per year, and less than 10 percent of these bags are recycled.
At the same time, the average retail plastic bag is only used for 12 minutes
That’s why CVS Health recently joined Closed Loop Partners, and other leading retailers, including Target and Walmart, to launch a new initiative to reinvent the single-use retail plastic bag. The Beyond the Bag Initiative aims to identify, pilot and implement new design solutions and models to create an improved customer experience without unintended environmental consequences.
“We came to this initiative with both the health of the planet and the health of all people in mind,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy and Chief Sustainability Officer, CVS Health. “We know they are inextricably linked.”
CVS Health’s participation in this initiative recognizes that reinventing the retail bag requires a coordinated industry approach and brings together many types of retailers to look at this question from a variety of angles. The work will consider customers at all of the nearly 10,000 CVS Pharmacy locations, in rural, suburban and urban communities, where the need for a retail bag can be different. Working with Closed Loop Partners and other companies that are part of this initiative, CVS Health will carefully consider the consumer experience as part of the work to innovate in this space.
The company’s participation in and its financial commitment to this initiative is just one step on its journey to transform health over the next decade. Launched in May, the company’s Transform Health 2030 corporate social responsibility roadmap outlines CVS Health’s commitment to positively impacting the people and communities it serves, while supporting the health of its business and the planet. In addition to working with the Beyond the Bag Initiative, CVS Health has set goals to reduce its overall environmental impacts and made commitments related to responsible sourcing and chemical management.
CVS Health’s commitment to this initiative is driven by the company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health. Creating an innovative retail bag solution for the millions of customers the company serves will help to make both local communities and the whole planet a healthier place.
Coram, the infusion care business of CVS Health, expands strategy to help transition eligible IV-therapy patients from hospitals to in-home nursing in Georgia during the pandemic
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is working with Piedmont Healthcare in Georgia to support their solutions for increasing hospital bed capacity. This expands a recently launched strategy of Coram, the company’s infusion care business, to help transition eligible IV-therapy patients to home-based nursing care in response to COVID-19. Specifically, Coram has enhanced its clinical monitoring, virtual support and oversight through telehealth to complement existing personalized in-home support, coordination and administration of medications and supplies. In states like Georgia, ensuring the ability of hospital and health systems to handle potential surges of COVID-19 patients has become a critical factor in assessing stay-at-home orders and reopening local economies.
“Coram can deliver a clinically appropriate in-home care setting, which can be the safest place for patients recovering from a range of illnesses during this time by helping to minimize their risk of contracting COVID-19,” said Sree Chaguturu, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark and CVS Specialty. “Our Coram model allows us to deploy clinical teams where the need is greatest, and we are shifting resources to support Piedmont Healthcare as a critical part of their solution to build and maintain hospital bed capacity for treating the critically ill impacted by the virus.”
Coram is working with Piedmont Healthcare to identify and begin transitioning stable patients to home-based nursing care. Patients with a range of conditions that may require infusion therapy, including hydration and nutritional support, anti-infectives and/or specialty medications for chronic condition management, will be considered. Once home, Coram’s specialized nurses will provide and coordinate a range of care, including daily visits and monitoring, medication administration, IV catheter line care, lab draws and educational support via telehealth. Coram is scaling this approach nationwide in other markets with high rates of COVID-19 cases, and working with home health agencies to enable care for patients with high acuity needs that may require additional clinical oversight and monitoring.
“During these extraordinary and unprecedented times, we remain focused on serving Georgians’ health care needs and have implemented a number of strategies that enable continuity of care for our patients and communities,” Robert Miller, M.D., Medical Director of Wound Care and Hyperbarics, Chair of the Board Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. “Together, with companies like CVS Health, we can employ innovative solutions that create the additional care capacity we need to help Georgians get through this.”
More information on the steps that CVS Health is taking to address the COVID-19 pandemic is available at the company’s frequently updated COVID-19 resource center.
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3-year corporate partnership will raise $10 million to support Alzheimer’s Association Mission, Campaign will help connect caregivers to resources and support services
CHICAGO — The Alzheimer’s Association and CVS Health announced today a three-year corporate partnership aimed at fighting Alzheimer’s disease – a disease impacting more than 5 million Americans and 16 million caregivers across the country. The partnership is launching with an in-store fundraising campaign that will provide $10 million to support Alzheimer’s Association programs, including those aimed at caregiver education, care and support, and disease research.
“I know from my own experience caring for my mother as she battled Alzheimer’s how important it is to support both the patient and the caregivers in that patient’s life,” said Kevin Hourican, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “Our partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association will fund important programs to help our customers who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, while also connecting them to needed resources and services that can support them.”
The in-store fundraising campaign, which launched Sunday, November 3, will run at the 9,900 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide through November 23. During these three weeks, CVS Pharmacy customers will have the opportunity to contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association at the register in CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide. The in-store fundraising campaign will repeat the next two Novembers, coinciding with National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.
Throughout November, the Alzheimer’s Association and CVS Health will communicate with customers about tips and resources available to support family caregivers. Currently, more than 16 million family members and friends are serving as Alzheimer’s caregivers. Nearly half of all caregivers (48 percent) who provide help to older adults do so for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Some of the proceeds from the campaign will be used by the Alzheimer’s Association to develop a new caregiver education program for in-person and online delivery in English and Spanish.
“CVS Health is a respected leader in championing important health issues impacting society as a whole,” said Donna McCullough, Chief Development Officer, Alzheimer’s Association “Their committed support of our work will make a huge difference to millions of Americans impacted by this devastating disease.”
In conjunction with the partnership, beginning in 2020, CVS Health will also serve as a national presenting sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held annually in more than 600 communities across the country. CVS Health will also participate in the event, joining the National Walk Team Program, providing its 295,000 employees across the country an opportunity to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
“The Alzheimer’s Association is grateful for the commitment and enthusiasm CVS Health brings to the fight against Alzheimer’s,” McCullough said. “The funds raised through our partnership will bolster our efforts to support families facing Alzheimer’s and advance much needed research that will one day change the future for millions.”
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.
About CVS Health
CVS Health is the nation’s premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumer with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has approximately 9,900 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 102 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year and expanding specialty pharmacy services. CVS health also serves an estimated 38 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offerings and a leading standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. The company believes its innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com
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