Health with Heart

We’re working to improve the health care experience for all, through innovative products and services and in communities nationwide.

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Building healthy communities

We’re committed to tackling public health challenges at the local level and driving inclusive and sustainable business in support of the communities we serve.

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Improving health care

By looking at the whole picture of care, we’re working to make health more accessible, affordable and simply better.

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Innovations in care

Through new technologies, more personalized solutions and better ways to manage chronic conditions, we aim to create a more seamless health care experience for all.

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Healthy Conversations, Episode 2: COVID-19 Recovery

In this episode, Dr. Eric Topol of Scripps Research and Harvard’s Dr. Caroline Buckey, join our own Adam Pellegrini and Firdaus Bhathena to explore the cross-section of big data and virtual care.

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Building healthy communities

Providing access to food in Boston

During the pandemic, we’ve provided funding that has allowed Boston Medical Center to provide 
no-cost meals to more than 2,000 low-income individuals.

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Inclusivity & sustainability

We are committed to driving inclusive and sustainable business in support of the communities we serve.

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San José Clinic: Serving Houston for 98 years, and going strong

San José Clinic: Serving Houston for 98 years, and going strong
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The San José Clinic has been tucked into the middle of Houston for 98 years, serving more than 4,000 uninsured patients each year, with a small staff and a dedicated crew of volunteers. They are a shining example of how to build healthy communities.

For many residents of Harris County, getting sick can be a real financial crisis yet US News & World Report ranks Harris County among the top 30 counties in Texas for population health.

COVID-19 has exposed a lot of fault lines and disparities across the country, as well as some unforeseen strengths. With help from the CVS Health Foundation, the San José Clinic was quick to adapt — turning their pharmacy into a drive-thru, launching telehealth services, and more. In addition to the people featured in the video, our podcast (below) provides in-depth interviews with Maureen Sanders, President and CEO; Pharmacy Director Adlia Eibed; and Randall Flores, who spent a year with San José Clinic for his clinical pharmacy residency.

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CVS Health to invest in affordable housing and expand no-cost preventive health screenings in Orlando

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Company will invest $8.7 million in Mercy Drive neighborhood and expand its Project Health program as part of its nearly $600 million commitment to address racial inequality

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it will invest in 116 units of affordable housing and expand its no-cost preventive health screening program to Orlando as part of the company's commitment of nearly $600 million over five years to address racial inequity and social determinants of health in Black communities.

"Increasing access to housing and services like preventive screenings put people in a better position to take care of their health or manage chronic disease," said David Casey, Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health. "As part of our commitment to address social justice and racial inequity, we're addressing social determinants of health like housing and access to health care at the community level, which is where we can make a meaningful and lasting impact."

CVS Health will invest $8.7 million to help build a new 116-unit affordable housing complex in the Mercy Drive neighborhood of Orlando, Florida. The Fairlawn Village development is part of the City of Orlando's Mercy Drive Vision Plan. Data compiled as part of that plan indicate approximately 83% of Mercy Road area residents identify as African American. Additionally, almost half of the area's households are below the poverty income threshold, with a median household income of $17,846. About 55% of area households pay greater than 30% of their income on housing.

The development will include three buildings, a community center, playgrounds, on-site laundry facilities and onsite management offices. All residents will have access to on-site supportive services including adult literacy, employment assistance and financial management programs. Of the 116 units, 20 will be designated as permanent supportive housing with casework services for people experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence, people with a disability or youth aging out of foster care. Local nonprofit Community Assisted and Supported Living, Inc., or CASL, will provide support to formerly homeless residents who move in to the supportive housing units.

"The City of Orlando is committed to ensuring that every person who lives in Orlando feels equally valued and has equal access to opportunity and this includes having equal access to safe, high quality housing they can afford," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "As part of the Mercy Drive Vision Plan, residents envisioned new housing to complement the existing neighborhood. We're grateful to the incredible partnership with Blue Sky Communities and the investment of CVS Health in the 116-unit Fairlawn Village which will be a thriving new community for our residents to call home."

Additionally, the company plans a 2021 expansion to Orlando of its no-cost preventive screening program, Project Health. This program offers free biometric screenings at CVS Pharmacy locations to help identify chronic conditions before they become life-threatening illnesses. Worth over $100 in value, screenings measure body mass index, blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol. The screenings can detect early risks for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

"As we expand Project Health to Orlando in 2021, we anticipate being able to reach thousands of people locally and provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in free medical services in the first year alone," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, CVS Health.

Following the screening, event participants receive an individual health access plan with suggestions related to clinical targets for screening measures as well as nutrition and fitness. Participants will have the opportunity to consult with CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners who can help explain the risks of certain measures from each screening, how to take the appropriate next steps with a provider. These clinicians can also provide smoking cessation counseling and diabetes resources, if appropriate.

The company will hold the Project Health events at select CVS Pharmacy locations in areas of greater Orlando with higher populations of uninsured and underinsured people, including locations nearby the Mercy Drive neighborhood.

As it works to address social determinants of health in the Orlando area, the company is also exploring opportunities to expand its national workforce initiatives program in greater Orlando to provide employment services and training to the community, focused on empowerment and building local relationships that will help community members achieve meaningful employment opportunities.

About CVS Health

CVS Health employees are united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company. We're evolving based on changing consumer needs and meeting people where they are, whether that's in the community at one of our nearly 10,000 local touchpoints, in the home, or in the palm of their hand. Our newest offerings from HealthHUB locations that are redefining what a pharmacy can be, to innovative programs that help manage chronic conditions are designed to create a higher-quality, simpler and more affordable experience. Learn more about how we're transforming health at www.cvshealth.com.

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Project Health makes minding health affordable

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For Janai Derrick, staying healthy during the pandemic is essential to her dual role as a mother and a caregiver. Because her daughter has multiple health issues and developmental disabilities, Derrick needs to be vigilant in protecting her own health.

“One of my children is special needs and I'd like to be around as long as possible for her,” she says.

Derrick also has a family history of chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, which may increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

“I just want to stay ahead of that and not turn out like the rest of my family,” she says. “I have regular doctor visits, but I fully believe in checking on my health, even between appointments.”

So, when Derrick stepped off her bus and saw signs advertising free health screenings outside her CVS Pharmacy in Johnston, Rhode Island, she decided to check out the event.

Project Health events provide free health screenings in multicultural communities nationwide with large populations of uninsured residents. They include blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), glucose and cholesterol screenings to detect early risks of chronic conditions.

“At the heart of our purpose of helping people on their path to better health is our commitment to breaking down the barriers for people to access quality and affordable health care,” says Eileen Howard Boone, Senior VP Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy.

This year’s events are funded through a $600 million investment over five years to address health disparities in disenfranchised communities. Access to screenings significantly impacts health outcomes – including COVID-19 infections and deaths – says Boone.

“COVID-19 is one of many examples of health issues that disproportionately impact communities of color more frequently than other racial and ethnic groups,” she adds.

Kristiana Giannini, a pharmacist in Johnston, says the events provide an important alternative source of care.

“As a pharmacist, we tend to be one of the most accessible health care providers,” she says.

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CVS Pharmacist Kristiana Giannini advises Janai on her test results

At the event, Derrick learned that her blood pressure was high, even though she is currently on medication. She plans to check in with her doctor.

“The pandemic has opened up a whole new world of what life looks like for us and what we have to be careful of,” she says. “It only made me more diligent about wanting to check my health.”

Learn more about Project Health including locations for free screenings, at cvs.com/projecthealth.

Since 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $133 million in free health services to over 1 million Americans in underserved communities.

In 2019 alone, participants received:

  • 215,000 biometric screenings

  • 2,113 counseling sessions for smoking cessation

  • 2,672 referrals for flu shots

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Job training for underserved communities in Cleveland

Job training for underserved communities in Cleveland
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People in underserved communities often have trouble getting the job skills they need to find stable employment. That’s why CVS Health launched the Workforce Innovation and Talent Center in Cleveland. The Center provides hands-on training and other resources – like transportation, childcare and housing – to help people find meaningful employment in the health care industry. By helping keep people financially healthy, CVS Health is also helping to build healthier communities across the country.


Workforce Innovation Center’s support takes single mom from homeless to hopeful

In this episode’s podcast, we meet Carrie Robinson, who is a 28-year-old single mom living outside of Cleveland, Ohio. She’s a pharmacy technician — but not too long ago, she and her five kids found themselves homeless. She shared her story about how CVS Health’s Workforce Innovation and Talent Center changed her life. The centers provide people in under served communities with the training, resources and support network they need to be successful. Like Carrie.

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Testing Atlanta’s Westside

Testing Atlanta’s Westside
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Atlanta’s Westside has a long history of civil rights activism. The neighborhood was home to leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Julian Bond. Systemic racism has marginalized communities throughout the United States. The consequences can be measured in the health outcomes of people who live in moderate to high need areas like Vine City, where the life expectancy is 13 years shorter than communities only 20 miles away. CVS Health is working to close that gap, alongside the staff at Good Samaritan, a local health center that is now providing free COVID-19 testing to those in the community who need it most.


The importance of testing, the power of community

In the podcast, we explore these topics even more deeply with Breanna Lathrop. We also caught up with Dr. Bill Warren, the visionary who founded Good Samaritan some 21-and-a-half years ago. John Ahmann is the president of the Westside Future Fund and an Atlanta native who brings an historical perspective to the discussion before closing the loop with Makeda Johnson, director and founder of the Sisters Action Team, who draws from her faith and the power of collective action over individualism in supporting her community.

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ADA turns 30: Abilities in Abundance

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David L. Casey (Vice President for Workforce Strategies & Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health) kicks off this episode with some remarkably personal stories about his family and military history, both of which fuel David’s commitment to the Abilities in Abundance program. 

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is more important now than ever before. Recent national unemployment rates for individuals with disabilities is more than double that of abled people, so we thought it was a perfect opportunity to highlight ways people with untapped talents can thrive — even in challenging times like these.

We also connected Duane Rohr, an advisor in CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives department and Renee Smith, a graduate of the Abilities in Abundance program and colleague at one of our CVS Pharmacy locations in Baltimore, Maryland. 

A very special thanks to Dana, Stacey Butler, The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Rehabilitation Services and the local Workforce & Technology Center. Thank you for the wonderful and inspiring work that you do.

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Supplier diversity

We are working to create jobs and increase economic opportunities for the people and local businesses in the communities we serve. We source products from diverse, women-owned and small businesses.

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“Our ability to deliver innovative, high quality health and pharmacy services to our customers and communities is closely tied to our partnerships with diverse suppliers and diverse-owned pharmacies. Reflecting the diversity of our colleagues, customers and communities in our supplier base is the responsibility of every colleague at CVS Health with purchasing authority.”

Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health

Billion Dollar Roundtable

We have achieved $1 billion in spending annually with diverse suppliers, and have been named to the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an organization that promotes excellence in supply-chain diversity.

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Our impact

In 2019, our engagement with small and diverse business led to over $5.6 billion in contributions to the U.S. economy and sustained 35,746 U.S. jobs.

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Awards and recognition

CVS Health has received a number of recognitions from the supplier diversity community.

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Our program

Our Supplier Diversity team partners with our business units to integrate supplier diversity into procurement activities, and with national organizations to identify and develop diverse businesses.

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Doing business with us

We are always seeking new partners, and invite diverse-owned certified businesses to learn more about CVS Health, and to register your company profile online to be considered for future opportunities.

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Supplier development

We understand that doing business with a large company like ours can be challenging, so we’ve developed resources to help you succeed, including an executive learning series for diverse suppliers.

Learn more about the CVS Health Success Model for Diverse Suppliers

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Supplier outreach

We expand our supplier network by working closely with nationally recognized diversity organizations and communicating with diverse suppliers about building their businesses.

Connecting, engaging, and networking with diverse suppliers, advocacy organizations, and corporate partners is a key tenet of our supplier diversity program.

In 2020, we will be taking innovative approaches to maintain our engagement, utilizing virtual engagements to ensure the success of each of our programs.

Contact the Supplier diversity team for more information

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Councils and affiliations

Becoming certified as a diverse supplier is one of the most important things your company can do to prepare to do business with CVS Health.

Learn more about organizations that can help you find the resources you need

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Supplier Diversity office

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Diversity

CVS Health serves millions of people every day. For our company to thrive, it’s important to have a workforce that reflects not only our customers, but also the communities they live in.

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Celebrating diversity

We work hard to develop a diverse workforce and provide a workplace that empowers all of our colleagues, regardless of their age, ethnicity and background.

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“CVS Health is a health care innovation company that is helping people on their path to better health. In order to achieve and sustain breakthrough innovation, we must seek out, listen to and leverage the voices of our diverse customers, clients, colleagues and communities. To me, diversity and innovation go hand in hand.”

Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health

Programs

Our strategic approach to managing diversity touches every aspect of our business.

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It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, develop and promote the best people available, based solely upon job-related qualification.

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Supplier diversity

CVS Health strives to provide outstanding service to our customers. Diverse suppliers play a critical role in helping us achieve that goal and ensuring our company’s continued success.

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Veterans

We understand the unique skills and experience qualified veterans, current military members and military spouses possess. That’s why CVS Health is hiring them for roles across all parts of our business.

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Workforce initiatives

CVS Health is committed to having a workforce that’s diverse. We work to ensure that youth, mature workers, veterans and other groups that reflect our communities have a place within our company.

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Multicultural products and services

Our colleagues, customers, clients and patients come from countless backgrounds and cultures, and have distinct and varied needs.

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