The Healing Power of Art

The Healing Power of Art
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A flower mural on the side of a CVS Pharmacy.
“Urbs in Horto” features Chicago’s city flower, the chrysanthemum, on the side of a CVS Pharmacy in the Lakeview neighborhood.
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Detroit mural artist Ouizi (center) dedicates “Urbs in Horto,” which translates to “City in a Garden” and takes its name from the City of Chicago’s official motto.

A new mural is on display and was recently dedicated on Mother’s Day to Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, thanks in part to CVS Health. The mural featuring beautiful flowers in bloom was created by Detroit artist Louise “Ouizi” Jones, and is painted on the exterior of a CVS Pharmacy on the 3600 block of North Southport Avenue.

“CVS Health is so delighted to have been a part of this project, and our involvement is an example of the ways that we are working to build healthier communities,” said Joe Haas, region manager at the CVS Pharmacy where the mural is located.

The mural is part of an effort to unveil 15 new public works of art across the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, fostering among its residents a stronger sense of pride, ownership and investment in their community.

“As a leading health care company, we like to say that health starts in the community,” added Haas. “And health is determined in part by the quality of our neighborhoods and the nature of our social interactions and relationships. This beautiful mural is a way to inspire, uplift and unite the Lakeview community, and contribute to its social health and vibrancy.”

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Community Heroes Bonus Grant Recipient Announced

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CVS Health and ABC15 have joined forces for the second year of Community Heroes, a program that provides over $30,000 in grants and gift cards to local schools and nonprofits in Arizona with children’s health and wellness programming.

The following ten organizations have been chosen to each receive a $2,500 Community Heroes grant and $250 CVS Pharmacy gift card. And, thanks to your votes, the Arizona Sustainability Alliance has been selected to receive the $5,000 bonus grant! Congratulations to all of our grantees.

  • One-N-Ten (http://onenten.org/) – Enhancing lives of LGBTQ youth and young adults through social services, outreach and health programming

  • Arizona Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics (http://www.azaap.org/) – Improving the health of Arizona's children and supporting the pediatric professionals who care for them

  • Arizona Sustainability Alliance (www.azsustainabilityalliance.com) – Pioneering cutting-edge solutions for sustainability issues throughout the state and prioritizing low-income communities

  • Circle Cross Ranch K-8 STEM Academy (https://www.fusdaz.com/cc) – Ensuring all students obtain maximum academic growth and achievement

  • Down Syndrome Network, Inc. (www.dsnetworkaz.org) – Educating, supporting, and advocating for those in the community impacted by Down syndrome

  • Esperanca (https://www.esperanca.org/) – Improving health and providing hope for families in the poorest communities through sustainable disease prevention, education, and treatment

  • Fountain Hills Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (www.fhcoalition.org) – Collaborating with the community to reduce youth substance abuse

  • Friendly House, Inc. (www.friendlyhouse.org) – Empowering Arizona communities through education and human services

  • HopeKids, Inc. (www.hopekids.org) – Providing a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or other life-­threatening medical condition

  • Tucson Unified School District (http://www.tusd1.org) – Where students love to learn, teachers love to teach, and people love to work

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Friendly House, Inc.
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NAFC Grant Spotlight: Health Brigade

NAFC Grant Spotlight: Health Brigade
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CVS Health Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) on a multi-year program of awarding grants to increase access to care, improve health outcomes and lower overall health care costs across the country.

One of the 2018 grantees is Health Brigade, a Richmond, Virginia-based clinic that has been providing services to the community for nearly 50 years.

The Communities Served by Health Brigade

Health Brigade patients are typically uninsured or significantly underinsured and do not earn more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. In 2017, the clinic provided primary care services to more than 1,600 patients over the course of more than 5,700 visits. These included treatment for chronic illnesses, women’s health services, and preventive care.

Health Brigade is also committed to aiding marginalized populations, including people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and those who have recently been incarcerated. In 2017, the clinic connected with more than 18,500 individuals in these populations through various outreach activities.

As part of Health Brigade’s efforts to treat the “whole person,” the clinic has made efforts to increase the accessibility and quality of mental health services available to low-income patients. At the clinic, mental health and wellness patients have access to individual and group counseling, behavioral health services, smoking cessation services, and various specialty services.

Addressing the Health Care Needs of the “Whole Person”

To help balance access to health care and address the realities of poverty, Health Brigade has adopted a patient-centered health-care model for low-income adults, offering access to affordable, comprehensive health services. This model seeks to address the needs of the “whole person.” Primary care patients with both physical and mental health needs are treated by a multi-disciplinary team of primary care, mental health and public health providers who collaborate in real time to deliver care, educate patients and provide support services necessary to improve and maintain health.

How the CVS Health Grant Has Helped

The CVS Health Foundation grant given to Health Brigade is helping the clinic enhance access to and coordination of care by enabling the hiring of a medical social worker to join the integrated care team. The medical social worker assists patients in navigating health care and social service systems and links patients to crucial resources, such as safe housing, healthy foods, employment and transportation that can significantly influence a patient’s overall health and health behaviors. 

One Health Brigade Patient’s Story

Hope, a 47-year-old African American woman with three children and one grandchild, arrived at Health Brigade through a referral from a shelter for individuals who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence or human trafficking. At her initial appointment, Hope was afraid to be in the waiting room, particularly around men, and to disclose information about her past.

When the Health Brigade medical social worker met with Hope, she described years of abuse, homelessness, financial insecurity and toxic relationships. Hope hid from the outside world and came out of her home only for health care appointments. Over the course of an initial assessment that lasted more than an hour, it was discovered that Hope did not have access to food, housing, money or her needed prescriptions.

The medical social worker provided intensive case management for Hope for more than a year. Hope now receives disability, Medicaid and nutrition assistance. She is in an apartment with her daughter and is able to go out in public without fear. Since receiving Medicaid, Hope was linked to a therapist and a psychiatrist in the community and receives regular ongoing therapy. She no longer has to rely on free clinic services for her health and mental health care. For every patient like Hope who obtains stable services in the community, Health Brigade frees capacity for the many still needing aid. 

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Tackling the Opioid Epidemic at the Community Level

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With a presence in nearly 10,000 communities across the United States, CVS Health recognizes the importance of fighting the opioid epidemic at the local level, with local solutions.

That’s why, among the many ways CVS Health is working to mitigate the epidemic, we have committed funding to organizations across the country to support prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.

Supporting Community Health Centers Nationwide

In September 2017, CVS Health announced an enterprise-wide, multi-pronged approach to help find solutions to the national opioid abuse epidemic. Those efforts included the nationwide expansion of our drug disposal collection program, an increase in the availability of naloxone without a prescription and the enhancement of our pain medication utilization management program to ensure prescription opioids are used properly.

Also included was a $2-million commitment by the CVS Health Foundation, to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), to increase access to medication-assisted treatment and other recovery services at community health centers around the country. To-date, we have funded more than 20 community health centers through this program.

Among the recipients of that grant support were:

  • Total Health Care in Baltimore, a community health center dedicated to supporting opioid addiction recovery was awarded $85,000 to develop and implement a trauma informed care model which will increase participation in its substance abuse treatment program.

  • The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, received $80,000 to develop a protocol to train their team on the screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) approach to addiction. SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent misuse and abuse of alcohol and drugs.

  • Four California community health centers received a total of $330,000 to increase access to opioid addiction treatment and recovery services.

Expanding Community-Level Support

In addition, CVS Health has awarded grants to several other non-profit organizations nationwide that are tackling this public health challenge.

These grant recipients include:

  • Three New Hampshire non-profit organizations received $60,000 in grants to address and prevent opioid abuse.

  • New Jersey-based Morris Country Prevention Is Key was given funding from CVS Health to host two peer recovery specialist training cohorts. The training provided 55 specialists the opportunity to share knowledge in one-on-one, group, emergency room and correctional facility interventions, as well as become law enforcement response assistants throughout the state.

  • In Ohio, two clinics – Neighborhood Family Practice in Cleveland and Rocking Horse Children’s Health Center in Springfield – received a total of $100,000 for programs supporting patients and families struggling with substance abuse.

  • Two Arizona non-profit organizations, ICAN and El Rio Health, received a total of $115,000 from CVS Health to support their prevention and medication education programs.

  • And in CVS Health’s home community of Rhode Island, where the company’s corporate headquarters are located, opioid-related grants have been awarded to the United Way, Community Care Alliance, the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team, RI PBS, and Bradley Hospital.

CVS Health is committed to helping put an end to the national opioid abuse epidemic, in part by connecting those who are struggling with addiction with the resources they need to regain good health. In supporting community partners through grants like these, CVS Health is working to expand access to the community-level prevention, treatment and recovery programs that serve as the frontline in this crisis.

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CVS Health Announces $100 Million Community Commitment Following Acquisition Of Aetna

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Demonstrates newly-combined company's commitment to building healthier communities

Draws on a legacy of community investment and local support to enhance public health

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Following its completed acquisition of Aetna, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced a $100 million commitment to making community health and wellness central to the newly combined company's charge for a better world. The new Building Healthier Communities initiative, which will be funded over five years through the combined company as well as the CVS Health Foundation and Aetna Foundation, builds upon the outstanding tradition of community investment by both organizations and mobilizes their scale, combined capabilities and resources behind a unified strategy to deliver a measurable impact on the health of communities across the United States.

"We believe the path to better health and a better world can be reached by creating a whole new health care model that's more local, affordable, and easier to use. And by strengthening our local support and community engagement, we can further improve the health of our communities," said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health, during a speech today at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. "Our new commitment builds upon the exemplary track records of CVS Health and Aetna in supporting community-based organizations to ensure they have the most effective tools, resources and solutions to accelerate the improvement of health care for individuals and families across the country."

Through Building Healthier Communities, CVS Health will invest $20 million annually across three funding categories to support a range of initiatives and non-profit organizations. These include:

Improving Local Access to Affordable Quality Care

Building on its local impact over the past decade, CVS Health will expand its Project Health campaign to target more underserved and underinsured communities beginning in 2019, with an aim of reaching more at-risk populations with free health and wellness screenings. Project Health offers a no-cost comprehensive health assessment, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can detect early risks for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Since it was founded in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $127 million in free health care services to nearly 1.7 million Americans.

The expansion of Project Health will also do more to screen for social determinants of health that affect personal health and communities. About 60 percent of life expectancy is driven by behavioral, social and environmental factors including family, education, housing, and access to fresh food.1 Project Health events have a proven track record of improving patient engagement and ultimately, healthier outcomes. More than 87% 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, according to the company's own metrics.

In addition, Project Health events provide opportunities for our charitable partners to drive community members who seek access to care. All events are promoted among local organizations like the LGBT Center in Los Angeles, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, ACCESS Michigan in Detroit, and The NAACP in Houston.

Through its Building Healthier Communities initiative, CVS Health will continue to make strategic investments that enable access for more people to local resources like Meals on Wheels, free clinics and community health centers. Through grant funding in 2019 to more than 100 free clinics and community health centers in the communities we serve, CVS Health can help address these social and health disparities.

Impacting Public Health Challenges

CVS Health will make significant investments in support of innovative approaches to managing chronic disease, including diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. About 60 percent of Americans have at least one chronic disease, which accounts for 86 percent of health care spending.2 Funding will support partnership organizations uniquely positioned to tackle these public health challenges, including the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Diabetes Association. Through best-in-class organizations like these, we can increase our local reach and meet people where they are. For example, we're teaming up with the American Heart Association with a goal to improve the blood pressure of 3.5 million women by providing increased access to blood pressure screening and diagnostic tests. Through the initiative, more than $4 million has already been invested to add blood pressure kiosks in highly-trafficked, community-based locations in cities including: Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; College Station, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Lancaster, PA; New York City, NY Raleigh, NC; Twin Cities, MN; and Washington, D.C.

At the same time, CVS Health will continue to help tackle the nation's opioid crisis as part of its new commitment. Funding will be directed to organizations that are innovating in the area of addiction treatment. For example, we're partnering with Easterseals to prevent and mitigate prescription drug abuse among our nation's veterans. Easterseals affiliates are in communities nationwide and are immersed in providing community-based care, including mental health and recovery services, for our nation's veterans, their families and caregivers. Both CVS Health and Aetna have responded to this national epidemic in a variety of ways. Aetna was the first national insurer to waive co-pays for naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses. And in 48 states, CVS Health is dispensing naloxone with no individual prescription needed. Both companies also took the step to strengthen management of opioid prescriptions. As a result of these efforts, CVS Health has seen a nearly 72 percent drop in covered opioid prescriptions that go beyond a seven-day supply.

In addition, CVS Health's leadership in helping youth lead tobacco-free lives will continue as part of the company's Building Healthier Communities strategy. The company's signature program, "Be The First" will continue to fund universities, women's colleges, community colleges and Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) to go tobacco-free; e-cigarette education; tobacco control and healthy behavior programming through national and local partnerships including, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, CATCH Global Foundation, CDC, and Truth Initiative with a goal of helping deliver the nation's first tobacco-free generation.

Partnering with Local Communities

Through the Aetna Foundation and its collaboration with U.S. News & World Report, CVS Health will support the Healthiest Communities rankings, a groundbreaking report that evaluates the health of nearly 3,000 communities nationwide across 10 categories, from education and population health to infrastructure and economy. In addition to assessing which communities offer their citizens the greatest opportunity to live a productive, healthy life, the rankings, which were first released in 2018, identify the best approaches for improving public health that can be shared and implemented across the country.

While the Healthiest Communities rankings help identify critical needs of individual communities, the CVS Health Foundation and Aetna Foundation will continue supporting community-driven solutions that address social determinants of health and help make improvements in important public health issues. By supporting organizations that are dedicated to enhancing important factors that contribute to the well-being of communities, such as safe outdoor spaces, affordable transportation, and access to fresh fruits and vegetables, the company's philanthropic efforts can have a significant impact on health issues such as the opioid epidemic, food insecurity and inequities in health care. The communities supported by Aetna Foundation grantees are already seeing positive outcomes, such as bringing new healthy food access points to within a mile of more than 1.6 million people and revitalizing public spaces to create new walkable destinations within a half-mile of more than 527,000 people.

These outcomes are due to the work being done by community-based organization who are working at the neighborhood level to deliver local impact. Organizations such as: Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Florida, which tackles high rates of racial/ethnic disparities in maternal/child health; FoodLab Detroit, which is focused on strengthening Detroit's regional food system by creating a new food economy; and Go Austin/Vamos Austin, which promotes resident-led improvements to healthy foods and living environments. We will also expand initiatives utilizing community assets such as barbershops to improve hypertension in African American communities, launch new partnerships for multi-generational learning to improve health outcomes in high risk communities, and facilitate cross-sector collaboration among key stakeholders at the city and county levels.

In addition, CVS Health and Aetna employees have pledged a minimum $10 million in value of volunteer hours each year, offering their time and expertise to creating healthier, more sustainable communities. CVS Health and Aetna support these efforts through a robust volunteer platform where colleagues can volunteer regularly, and get involved with a range of local partner organizations to help address unmet health and social needs.

"Health starts at the community level. By combining the capabilities and philanthropic resources of CVS Health and Aetna, we can engage and empower local communities to address their unique health care needs and make a real difference," added Merlo. "Ultimately, we're aspiring to deliver better health care which in turn creates better communities and a better world."

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 consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,800 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 93 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. CVS Health also serves an estimated 39 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including a rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offering. This 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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Endnotes

1 "Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity," Kaiser Family Foundation. Accessed at https://www.kff.org/disparities-policy/issue-brief/beyond-health-care-the-role-of-social-determinants-in-promoting-health-and-health-equity/.

2 "Health and Economic Costs of Chronic Diseases," U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed at https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/costs/index.htm

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CVS Health Expanding Free Wellness Screenings Statewide in California

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Project Health events to be held year-round in Los Angeles and introduced in Fresno, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco throughout 2019

Campaign has delivered more than $27 million worth of free health services to underserved communities locally since 2006

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its commitment to building healthier communities across the country, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it is expanding its free health and wellness screening campaign statewide in California throughout 2019, including in Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco.

Project Health, which provides access to care in multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans, will take place at select CVS Pharmacy locations in the greater Los Angeles and Fresno areas beginning Thursday, January 31.

"Better health starts at the community level, and Project Health delivers affordable and convenient access to free services that help identify health concerns and risk factors for our neighbors who may not have otherwise sought preventative care," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. "Chronic conditions, which can often be life-threatening, can be treated very effectively when identified early at screenings such as Project Health, and can help to improve a patient's overall health and well-being."

Project Health offers an array of free comprehensive health assessment screenings, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

The expansion of Project Health will also do more to screen for social determinants of health that affect personal health and communities. About 60 percent of life expectancy is driven by behavioral, social and environmental factors including family, education, housing, and access to fresh food. Project Health events have a proven track record of improving patient engagement and ultimately, healthier outcomes.

Since it was founded in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $127 million in free health care services to nearly 1.7 million Americans. 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, according to the company's own metrics. Additionally, 95 percent of participants said they would recommend Project Health to a family member or friend.

A total of 256 events will take place throughout 2019, including year-round in Los Angeles, and will begin in San Francisco in March, Sacramento in May and San Diego in July. Project Health events, which will be held on Thursday Sunday in rotating stores across each city, are open to everyone and do not require an appointment. For a full calendar of event, please visit cvs.com/projecthealth.

"We are proud to offer Project Health in more CVS Pharmacy locations across California this year," said Hank Casillas, Divisional Vice President, CVS Health. "The free health screenings are a simple and local way for people to access much-needed health services, and are just one more way we are delivering on our company's purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

Once screened, patients have access to on-site consultations with bilingual nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical care and follow up to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physician.

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 consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,800 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 93 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. CVS Health also serves an estimated 39 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including a rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offering. This 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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Connecting Patients to Care in the Community

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Health care truly begins at the community level, and it’s more than simply visiting a health care professional or taking a prescription. In fact, data show that 60 percent of patients’ overall health and well-being is driven by behavioral and social factors, like housing, education, food and family.https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20171025.721263/full/ To meet the unique needs of patients at the community level, CVS Health offers a variety of easily accessible health resources and touchpoints to care locally. 

Commitment to Building Healthier Communities

At CVS Health, we are committed to improving health community by community, which is why we launched the Building Healthier Communities initiative – a five-year, $100 million commitment providing expanded access to free health screenings, increased funding to address public health challenges, and additional investments to address social and environmental factors

This initiative builds on our long-standing commitments to employee volunteer programs and bolsters our partnerships with local and national community organizations to help improve health care at the community level.

Serving as a Front Door to Health Care

With more than 10,000 locations nationwide, CVS Health serves as a front door to health care for more than four million patients every day. At CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic, trusted health care professionals answer questions and provide information to help patients manage their care. Furthermore, by coupling the community footprint of CVS Health with Aetna’s health data, we can engage patients on a more personal level. Through this combination, we’ll be there more frequently to provide patients with the support they need.

Today, CVS Health pharmacists are moving from behind the counter to engage with patients at a deeper level. Our 30,000 pharmacists provide a human touch to health care locally, whether counseling patients on their medications or administering preventive health services like health screenings and immunizations.

Complementing Access to Primary Care

Through our local presence in the community, our pharmacists and health practitioners are uniquely positioned to fill gaps in care and support a more connected health care system. While a patient might see a physician four or five times a year, they are likely to visit their local pharmacy as many as 18 to 24 times in the same year. These frequent interactions with trusted health care professionals help patients navigate and stay on their care plans between their doctor visits. 

In addition to support at the pharmacy counter, our 1,100 MinuteClinic locations offer quality health care services ranging from acute care to chronic disease management. By sharing visit information with patients’ care teams, MinuteClinic is ensuring that all providers along the care continuum have access to a complete view of the patient’s prescription and medical records, which can help facilitate more informed health care decision-making.

For more information about CVS Health’s efforts to improve access to quality care across the nation, visit our Quality & Access information center and the CVS Health Impact Dashboard. To stay informed about the latest updates and innovations from CVS Health, register for content alerts and our bi-weekly health care newsletter.

 

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CVS Health Announces it Will Rebuild Baltimore CVS/pharmacy Locations

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BALTIMORE, MD, May 6, 2015 CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) officially announced today that it will rebuild its CVS/pharmacy Baltimore locations that sustained heavy fire damage during protests last week.

“As we watched the events unfold in Baltimore over the past week or so, our hearts turned from pain to the promise of what is ahead,” said CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo. “Our purpose as a company is helping people on their path to better health. There is no better way that we can fulfill that purpose than to reopen our doors and get back to serving the community. It is simply the right thing to do.”

Merlo added, “We have a long history of serving inner city communities and we are 100 percent committed to serving our patients and customers in Baltimore. We can’t tell you today exactly when we will reopen, but we are working diligently to make it as soon as possible for the people of Baltimore. Already our colleagues have been stepping up to welcome customers to our other locations and I am very proud of all they have done to stand tall and continue to serve.”

CVS/pharmacy has been serving customers in Baltimore since the mid-1990s where it now has nearly 30 stores and more than 500 employees. The two CVS/pharmacy locations that will be rebuilt are located at 2509 Pennsylvania Avenue and 2560 West Franklin Street.

As a further sign of its commitment to helping the community recover and thrive, CVS Health Foundation made a $100,000 donation to the United Way of Central Maryland “Maryland Unites Fund” and the Baltimore Community Foundation “Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore.” These funds will help provide immediate and longer-term support to people in hard-hit areas and give those communities much-needed resources.

To help minimize the financial impact of the store closings for its Baltimore employees, CVS/pharmacy paid them for their regularly scheduled hours the week of the protests, whether or not they were able to work. All of the displaced employees who want to work in other CVS/pharmacy locations will be able to do so.

“The focus now must return to doing what we do best in fulfilling the needs of daily life – food, medicine and pharmacy care,” Merlo concluded.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 7,800 retail drugstores, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated 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 www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health Receives Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Award from National Business Group on Health

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CVS Health Among 64 Employers Recognized for Promoting Healthy Work Environment and Lifestyles

WOONSOCKET, R.I., June 17, 2015– CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) was honored today by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, for its ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy work environment and encouraging colleagues and their families to maintain healthy lifestyles.

CVS Health was among 64 U.S. employers that received the 2015 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being. CVS Health received a Gold Award for its WellRewards program, the company’s colleague health and wellness program. This marks the seventh year CVS Health has received an award for its colleague-focused health and wellness initiatives.

“At CVS Health, we believe that wellness is as important for our colleagues as it is for our patients and customers,” said Lisa Bisaccia, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for CVS Health. “Our colleagues are our company’s most important asset, so it’s important that we help them get and stay healthy, and that we provide the resources and tools they need along the way.”

CVS Health’s WellRewards program helps colleagues improve their well-being with a wide array of programs including preventive screenings, flu shots, smoking cessation, weight management, health coaching, health management for chronic and rare conditions, EAP life services, and maternity management. In addition to tobacco-free corporate campuses, CVS Health offers team-based walking programs and healthy dining options in campus cafeterias which make it easier for colleagues to make healthy choices. As a further demonstration of its commitment to health, CVS Health stopped the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in its retail stores, and launched a national smoking cessation program for colleagues, customers and community members.

“We congratulate CVS Health for being among an elite group of companies that are making a difference every day in improving the health and overall well-being of their employees and families,” added Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. “CVS Health and its leadership team are to be commended for their commitment to promoting healthy work environments and for their innovation in developing outstanding programs for employees that encourage good health and well-being.”

Winners of the “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” awards were honored in one of two categories: Platinum, for exemplary workplace well-being programs, cultures and results; or Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees in their lifestyle and behavior changes


About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 7,800 retail pharmacies, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated 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 www.cvshealth.com.

About the National Business Group on Health®

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and helping companies optimize business performance through health improvement, innovation and health care management. The Business Group leads initiatives to address the most relevant health care issues facing employers today and enables human resource and benefit leaders to learn, share and leverage best practices from the most progressive companies. Business Group members, which include 71 Fortune 100 companies, provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.

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Amy Lanctot
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-2931
alanctot@cvs.com

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Rebuilding of Closed CVS/pharmacy Stores in Baltimore Underway

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Demolition of closed Pennsylvania Ave. store begins Friday, August 28 to make way for a new store at same location

Reopenings expected by end of the year

August 27, 2015, Woonsocket, Rhode Island: CVS/pharmacy announced today that it plans to reopen by the end of the year its two Baltimore stores that sustained heavy fire damage during protest activity last April.

Demolition work at the closed CVS/pharmacy at 2509 Pennsylvania Avenue will begin tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM. The store will be completely rebuilt and it is scheduled to reopen by the end of this year. CVS/pharmacy is also renovating its closed store at 2560 West Franklin Street and it is scheduled to reopen in the Fall.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Demolition work at 2509 Pennsylvania Ave. (corner of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue) will begin at 7:00 AM on August 28, 2015.

“CVS/pharmacy is committed to serving the Baltimore community and we look forward to bringing back our two stores better than ever,” said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS/pharmacy. “When these stores reopen, we will be providing our customers and patients an enhanced selection of groceries and healthy food options along with the quality pharmacy care they have come to depend upon from CVS/pharmacy.”

Employees who worked at the closed stores have been serving their customers at other Baltimore locations over the past few months. Those employees will welcome their customers back to their neighborhood CVS/pharmacy once they reopen.

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with over 7,800 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

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