CVS Health celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act passing and its longstanding culture of inclusion

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Before the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was passed in 1990, people with disabilities faced challenges in employment, transportation and other areas critical to their everyday lives. The ADA was enacted to prohibit discrimination based on disability across the United States. This month, CVS Health celebrates the 30th anniversary of ADA, and the company’s abiding work to create opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities.

Fostering a culture of inclusion is a critical priority for CVS Health. The company has invested in its Workforce Initiatives and its highly successful Abilities in Abundance program, which breaks down the employment barriers people with disabilities face every day.

Over the last two decades, more than 55 Abilities in Abundance programs nationwide have helped thousands of people with disabilities find meaningful employment opportunities within CVS pharmacies and other CVS Health locations. In collaboration with the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers, schools and non-profits, individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to work closely with trained staff to gain experience in customer service, in-store and pharmacy technician positions. Through the program, each participant receives classroom and hands-on training in mock pharmacies, which provides a holistic view of daily responsibilities.

Inclusion is deeply rooted in CVS Health’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health and continues to permeate the company’s innovation strategy. Recently, CVS Health launched Spoken Rx™, a new feature of the CVS Pharmacy app that can read a specific type of label for patients with visual impairments and those who cannot read standard print labels. Spoken Rx is the first in-app prescription reader application to be developed by a national retail pharmacy.

Additionally, 2020 was the fourth consecutive year that CVS Health earned a top score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index (DEI). The DEI, which launched in 2015 as a joint initiative between Diversity:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities, is recognized as the most extensive disability inclusion assessment tool designed and embraced by both business leaders and disability advocates.

David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies & Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health, had the opportunity to speak at this year’s Annual Disability:IN Conference to underscore CVS Health’s inclusive workplace culture and the comprehensive work the company does to support and recruit individuals with disabilities.

“I believe our diversified workforce is the cornerstone of our business, and for CVS Health to thrive, we need different worldviews, races and ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities and ages,” said Casey. “As we move forward into the next decade of our Abilities in Abundance program and beyond, we’re continually looking at other ways to break down employment barriers that individuals with disabilities continue to face.” 

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Addressing systemic racism and inequality

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CVS Health is investing nearly $600 million over five years to advance employee, community and public policy initiatives that address inequality faced by the Black community and other disenfranchised communities. The company will also use its position to advocate for public policy that addresses the root causes of systemic inequalities and barriers, including efforts to address socioeconomic status, education, and access to health care.

“While we know that CVS Health alone cannot erase the toll that 400 years of institutionalized racism and discrimination has taken on the Black community, we recognize that we have a role to play in living up to the potential the future holds.”

— David Casey, Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health

CVS Health’s investment will focus on improving the employee experience, supporting communities the company serves and influencing public policy. The company’s nearly $600 million investment will build on its longstanding commitments to foster diversity in its workplace, including the following areas:

Colleagues and corporate culture

These investments will support the company’s commitment to ensuring that colleagues have fair and equitable access to opportunities for advancement and development at all levels, including senior-level positions. CVS Health will be working to ensure its mentoring, sponsorship and employee development programs support the advancement of employees, with a heightened focus on the experience of our Black colleagues. And the company will focus on corporate culture programs and company-wide training that promotes active and purposeful inclusion.

“The private sector must take action to get to the heart of institutional racism. As we learn from the perspectives of our Black colleagues and the diverse communities we serve, we’ll use that input to inform our advocacy agenda going forward.”

— Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health

Supplier diversity

Investments in CVS Health’s supplier diversity program will further the company’s focus on sourcing products from Black-owned and other diverse businesses by connecting, engaging, and networking with diverse suppliers, advocacy organizations, and corporate partners. The company will also continue working with national organizations to identify and develop diverse businesses. By working with business units across the company to integrate supplier diversity into procurement activities, CVS Health is able to continue to expand business opportunities for these diverse businesses. And as part of the company’s commitment to the Black community, it will create additional opportunities and development programs for its diverse suppliers. This work will build on the program’s success in creating jobs and increasing economic opportunities for the people and local businesses in the communities CVS Health serves. 

Workforce initiatives

Investments to bolster CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives will build on the company’s highly successful relationships to provide employment services and training to underserved communities. Through these programs, CVS Health works with local, state and federal workforce agencies to provide employment services and training to underserved communities. Through work with schools, universities, community colleges, faith-based and community organizations, these programs have helped thousands of people access meaningful employment opportunities.

“Our more than 300,000 employees are a microcosm of America, and a reflection of the diversity that is foundational to who we are as a country. The strategic agenda we’re laying out today will harness the strength of that diversity and focus on the areas where we can have the greatest impact.”

— Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health

Addressing health disparities

Health care is local. Addressing health disparities in the community is critical to addressing racial inequality, which is why CVS Health will expand its Project Health initiative and make other investments to increase access to health care. Project Health provides free health screening events at select CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide, focused within communities with large multicultural and uninsured populations. Project Health offers an array of free comprehensive health assessment screenings, including body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, which disproportionately impact Black people and other communities of color. The screening events also feature further information on weight management, diabetes resources, and smoking cessation programs. Increased investments in Project Health will strengthen CVS Health’s continued commitment to improve access to health care and help prevent cost from being a barrier to important preventive services.

Social determinants of health

Because studies have shown that your zip code can have as much impact on your health as your genetic code, CVS Health will focus on social determinants of health in Black and underserved communities. This work will have a particular emphasis on increasing access to affordable housing, which is inextricably linked to health. Since 1997, CVS Health and Aetna, a CVS Health company, have invested more than $1 billion in affordable housing and community initiatives. In 2019, the company invested $67 million in affordable housing across the country and the company plans to exceed that amount over the next five years to help address housing insecurities and promote community health improvement. Investments in affordable housing, as well as collaborations with community groups in these areas, help provide support to those who need it most.

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Abilities in Abundance: Our continued commitment to inclusive employment

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With recent national unemployment rates for individuals with disabilities more than double that of people without disabilities, it’s evident that the disability community continues to face significant barriers to gaining and maintaining employment. At CVS Health, we’re addressing the national disability employment gap and helping break down the barriers faced by far too many with differing abilities. Our company’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion means that we believe in connecting individuals with disabilities with rewarding work experiences at CVS Health, which we do through our nationally recognized Abilities in Abundance program.

Led by CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives team, Abilities in Abundance provides the tools, training, and support individuals need to build a path to better health, discover new career prospects and create a more promising future for themselves. Abilities in Abundance offers highly successful skills development programs, job training, and placement opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as those with visual impairments.

Through CVS Health’s ongoing work with partners from government organizations, community associations, and educational institutions, we’re able to find strong candidates who are often untapped sources of talent and are committed to learning the skills necessary to grow their careers. In collaboration with workforce partners and third-party organizations, we’ve been able to create effective workforce development programs aimed primarily towards job seekers from populations typically underrepresented in workplaces.

Training our Abilities in Abundance program participants

CVS Health’s invaluable relationships with state and local agencies, including the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers (NCSOCRC) and Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), have enabled us to help many individuals with disabilities gain meaningful employment.

For example, in collaboration with NCSOCR, we currently operate eight mock CVS Pharmacy locations, where people with disabilities receive classroom and hands-on training in life and job skills such as providing customer service, stocking shelves and working at the cash register. Each center is installed with mock equipment and participants work closely with trained staff to learn about the roles and responsibilities of front store and pharmacy technician positions.

CVS Health currently operates eight mock CVS Pharmacy locations, where people with disabilities receive classroom and hands-on training in life and job skills such as providing customer service, stocking shelves and working at the cash register.
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Our Workforce Innovation & Talent Centers (WITC), which are a part of CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives program, also play a key role in the ongoing success of the Abilities in Abundance program, incorporating education on job skills and providing exposure to work in a retail environment. Each WITC houses a classroom, office space, a full mock pharmacy that closely resembles an active CVS Pharmacy location and is staffed by a full-time manager who facilitates relationships with internal and external partners. Many of the individuals who participate at our WITC later transition to positions within CVS Health or leverage their experience to obtain work elsewhere. Additionally, retention rates among CVS Health colleagues who participate in a WITC program are higher than for other colleagues.

Creating opportunities for individuals of all abilities

Kevin Kan, one of the many Abilities in Abundance success stories featured in the video, began his employment at CVS Pharmacy after completing the first ever mock store training program held in the New York City WITC with community partner FEGS, a nonprofit health and human services organization.

Kevin stood out among the crowd right from the beginning, as he was eager to learn all the retail store associate tasks and really strived to put his best foot forward throughout the customized employment program. Following the mock store training program, Kevin applied and interviewed for the retail store associate role, prior to even completing an in-store work experience program.

Kevin’s incredible work ethic and willingness to assist customers and his other colleagues has made him an exemplary retail employee. He has also volunteered to be a guest speaker for our mock store training program associates and has been asked on multiple occasions to join partnership meetings to share his experience with Abilities in Abundance.

To learn more about CVS Health’s employment and training programs, including Abilities in Abundance, visit the Workforce Initiatives page.

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Developing Bilingual Pharmacists to Break Down Barriers

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Ashley Mendez’s family fled Cuba in the wake of Fidel Castro’s rise to power and settled in Miami, rebuilding their life from scratch — with little money, few possessions and no ability to speak English.

Watching her family, Ashley understood from a young age how difficult even the simplest tasks could be when you didn’t speak the same language as everyone else. That was particularly true for health care: Ashley and her family believe her grandmother’s death may have been caused in part by miscommunication over the painkiller she was taking for a pinched nerve.

So when it came time to choose a career, Ashley knew exactly what she wanted to do — and where she wanted to do it. She wanted to be a pharmacist and she wanted to work somewhere she could help people who didn’t speak English.

It was the way she could honor her grandmother.

“She was one of the most influential people in my life,” says Ashley. “If we had known more about what was going on, we could have helped her.”

There are many different barriers that prevent people from getting the health care they need: They may live in an area without the right providers, they may lack the transportation to travel to the right facility, they may not have enough money to afford the right treatment.

But one critical barrier that frequently gets overlooked is the language barrier.

According to the U.S. Census Department, the number of residents who speak Spanish at home has skyrocketed 130 percent since 1990, up to about 40 million. That increase has created an overwhelming demand for bilingual pharmacists — but the supply has not kept pace. While Hispanics comprise 18 percent of the nation’s population, they account for less than 5 percent of the pharmacist workforce.

Ashley, 27, is part of CVS Health’s effort to close the gap. She spent the summer of 2017 in an immersive internship program that seeks to help develop bilingual pharmacists. Interns spend 10 weeks shadowing pharmacists who are fluent in Spanish and participating in the care of Spanish-speaking patients. They learn medical terminology, study diseases prevalent in the Hispanic community, and become familiar with the over-the-counter products most popular among Hispanic customers.

The program is an illustration of the company’s belief that you can’t build healthy communities unless you have a workforce that reflects those communities.

“People are looking for a pharmacist they feel comfortable talking to,” says Alex Acuna, 26, another intern in the program, who attended the University of Texas at Austin.

Alex grew up in an El Paso neighborhood that was 80 percent Latino, and in a household where his mother regularly spoke Spanish. But although he could speak a fair amount of Spanish himself, communicating technical details to his Spanish-speaking customers was difficult. Nuances were being lost in translation. In normal conversation, those nuances could be insignificant. When talking about treatments and medication, they could be critical.

Alex knew he had to learn “pharmacy Spanish,” as he described it.

“When was first starting, my Spanish was a little broken,” he says.  “Saying something a certain way could mean something different to a patient.”

The internship program is one of several efforts from CVS Health to address the language gap. Last year, CVS Health gave the Roseman University College of Pharmacy $25,000 to fund Hispanic recruitment and outreach initiatives and establish a pipeline of Spanish-speaking students.

Alex, who earned his license in May, is working now back in his hometown of El Paso. He says he’s grateful to be able to give back to the community that raised him.

Ashley, who attended Florida State University as an undergraduate and studied pharmacy at Mercer University in Atlanta, says she’d love to go back to Miami, where she grew up and where she served her internship.

But she also knows that in Florida, she’ll be one among many Spanish speakers — and that she might do more for the Latino community by staying where she is now.

“There’s a need for Spanish speakers in Atlanta,” she says. “You can tell that the language barrier is a big issue.”

For more information about CVS Health’s efforts to improve care across the nation, visit our News & Insights page and the CVS Health Impact Dashboard. To stay informed about the latest updates and innovations from CVS Health, register for content alerts and our Leaders in Care newsletter.

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Developing our diverse workforce

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Creating opportunities for youth

With some of the best talent in the industry, we have a unique opportunity to expose youth to a vast number of careers in health care. Our STEM enriched, nationally recognized program, myCVS Journey Pathways to Health Care Careers, introduces students to career opportunities in pharmacy services; professional management; medicine and nursing; and IT, analytics and engineering.

In 2018, more than 2,800 youth participated in the program, nearly half of whom engaged in the pharmacy track. We extended the program’s reach through a new collaboration with Job Corps, the largest free residential education and job training program for young adults that reaches more than 60,000 students per year.

Investing in job training

To strengthen our workforce and address our nation’s widening skills gap, we train highly capable individuals for meaningful careers in pharmacy care, prescription benefit management, and retail store management. In 2005, we became the first employer to launch a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians. By 2022, we plan to hire 8,000 registered apprentices and provide these new colleagues with classroom and online instruction, professional mentorship, and on-the-job training, as well as pre- and postplacement retention support. At the end of 2018, we had hired more than 3,200 colleagues through this program.

We continue to identify ways to reach more prospective apprentices, and our newest program in Maryland – the state’s first for pharmacy technicians and pharmacy managers – provides structured training through our Regional Learning Centers (RLC) in Washington, D.C., and District Heights, MD.

Once apprentices complete the training, they are eligible to apply for a position at one of our more than 220 retail locations in the state.

Our RLCs serve as a hub for job training and a pipeline for new talent. Through our four, fully operational store and pharmacy training locations in Boston, Cleveland, New York City and Washington, D.C., we support the development of colleagues and partner with community agencies through a range of workforce development programs. Each RLC houses classrooms, office space and a full mock pharmacy.

In 2018, 1,400 community members participated in an RLC workforce development program, with many transitioning to positions within CVS Health. Retention rates among CVS Health colleagues who participate in an RLC program are 35 percent higher than for colleagues who have not. Current colleagues also receive training at the RLCs, with more than 11,000 people having participated in 2018.

Welcoming individuals of all abilities

We believe in breaking down employment barriers for individuals of all abilities. Since 2015, we’ve hired nearly 7,000 colleagues with disabilities, who bring valuable and diverse life experiences to their roles with CVS Health.

In 2018, we expanded on this commitment and opened seven mock pharmacies at rehabilitation centers around the country through a partnership with the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers (NCSOCRC). Mock pharmacies provide opportunities for students that are training for roles as certified pharmacy technicians and retail sales associates to practice what they are learning in the classroom before entering the workforce. At the end of 2018, CVS Health had more than 43 of these training centers around the country, with 29 geared toward individuals with disabilities.

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New Workforce Innovation and Talent Center opens in Cleveland

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Representatives from the CVS Health Workforce Initiatives team and the Centers for Families and Children cut the ribbon on the new Workforce Innovation and Talent Center in Cleveland.
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The Workforce Innovation and Talent Center includes a mock pharmacy where students will receive hands-on pharmacy technician training.
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Classroom space in the Workforce Innovation and Talent Center.
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The mock retail space is where students will practice skills needed for employment as retail associates.

A new CVS Health training center in Ohio is giving underserved populations in that area increased access to jobs in health care.

The new Workforce Innovation and Talent Center, which opened in Cleveland on June 25, is located in the headquarters of the Centers for Families and Children.

The center, which will host hands-on training programs for individuals looking for meaningful employment as pharmacy technicians and retail associates, includes classroom space, as well as a mock pharmacy and mock store.

“CVS Health is committed to helping underserved populations, including individuals with disabilities, mature workers, youth, veterans and dislocated workers,” said David Casey, Vice President for Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer. “By helping connect individuals with the job skills they need to gain stable employment, we are building healthier and more thriving communities across Ohio and the country.”

The new Workforce Innovation and Talent Center is one of five training centers of its kind across the country and one of 22 workforce programs that CVS Health operates with partners in the state of Ohio.

Our nationwide training centers and other programs administered by our Workforce Initiatives team are integral to our broader effort to attract, train, hire and retain colleagues that are representative of our large and diverse base of customers and patients.

At the new Workforce Innovation and Talent Center, the Center for Families and Children will work with CVS Health to place interested individuals into the appropriate training programs.

Those who enter the program will receive classroom and hands-on training in life and job skills such as training and customer service, stocking shelves and working at the cash register. The center is installed with real equipment and participants will work closely with trained staff to learn about the roles and responsibilities of front store and pharmacy technician positions.

Participants will also have access to support services offered by the Center for Families and Children, including health care and early childhood education, to help them be successful in their new careers.

Individuals who complete the program qualify to apply for a position at CVS Pharmacy.

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CVS Health among DiversityInc’s Top Companies for 2019

CVS Health among DiversityInc’s Top Companies for 2019
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At CVS Health, we understand the value of a diverse workforce, and we have a number of programs and initiatives in place to ensure that our nearly 300,000 colleagues are representative of the diverse communities we serve nationwide. 

In recognition of these efforts, CVS Health was recently named to the 2019 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, taking the number 27 spot, up 13 positions from last year’s list. 

Additionally, CVS Health was first on DiversityInc’s list of Top Companies for Supplier Diversity.
"At CVS Health, we are committed to helping people of all backgrounds on their path to better health. Through strategic diversity management, we are helping to drive business growth, deepen relationships with customers and build an inclusive workplace that is reflective of the communities we serve," said Larry J. Merlo, President and Chief Executive Officer for CVS Health. "Receiving this honor for the third consecutive year is a testament to the work that all of our colleagues do every day to foster an inclusive workplace."

The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation's top companies for diversity and inclusion management. To compile the annual list, DiversityInc assesses companies in four key areas of diversity management: talent pipeline, talent development, leadership accountability and supplier diversity.  

A Focus on a Diverse Workforce and Supply Chain

Cultivating a workforce that includes colleagues of many backgrounds, including mature workers, veterans and individuals with disabilities, is a priority at CVS Health. 

Our workforce-focused programs and initiatives — including our regional learning centers, our partnership with the Department of Defense SkillBridge Initiative, and our Abilities in Abundance program — ensure that we are able to train and retain diverse talent for careers at CVS Health. 

We also understand that diversity among our supply chain helps us to better meet the needs of our customers. 

Our engagement with small and diverse businesses in 2018 led to over $5.5 billion in contributions to the U.S. economy, including sustaining 31,095 U.S. jobs with a total of $2.2 billion in wages.

The recognition by DiversityInc is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments for CVS Health, including: Fortune's Most Admired Companies; Forbes Most Valuable Brands; Military Times’ Best for Vets: Employers; Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens; Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender-Equality Index (GEI); Human Rights Campaign's Top Places to Work for LGBT Equality; Points of Light's The Civic 50; and Newsweek's Green Ranking of America's Greenest Companies.

For more information on our workforce and supplier diversity initiatives, visit our Diversity page.
 

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CVS Health Named a 2019 ‘Best for Vets’ Employer

CVS Health Named a 2019 ‘Best for Vets’ Employer
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Military Times has named CVS Health to its 2019 list of best companies for veterans seeking a civilian job. 

In its tenth year, the Best for Vets: Employers rankings evaluate companies’ culture, veteran recruiting, veteran policies, and accommodations for members of the National Guard and reserves.

In 2018, CVS Health hired more than 4,200 veterans and 1000 military spouses, with veterans making up 5 percent of our total workforce of nearly 300,000 employees nationwide. Many of these colleagues are brought into the company through one of our veteran-focused employment and training programs

This is the third year that CVS Health has been selected for this recognition. Rankings are made via a rigorous evaluation of data submitted by each company, and the Best for Vets lists, which include for-profit companies and government and nonprofit organizations, are considered a trusted resource for veterans looking to transition to civilian life. 

Nearly 200 companies competed for a spot in this year’s rankings. 

Our Commitment to Supporting Veterans

Recognizing the valuable skills that veterans and their spouses bring to the workforce, as well as the challenges that this population can sometimes face when transitioning into civilian life, CVS Health is dedicated to recruiting, hiring, training and retaining veterans to build a pipeline of workforce talent.

Through our partnership with the Department of Defense SkillBridge Initiative, we’re providing training and information on prospective job opportunities to transitioning service men and women on military bases in Virginia and Hawaii. 

And in July 2017, we opened the Talent Connect Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to guide veterans and their spouses through the opportunities available within CVS Health nationwide.

Beyond employment and training opportunities, we also support veterans through our partnership between MinuteClinic, our retail medical clinic, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to give veterans in select locations access high quality care and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries.

We provide charitable support to military and veteran-focused organizations, including the National Guard, Operation Reinvent and the USO. And colleagues can connect through the CVS Health Colleague Resource Group Valor, which is comprised of more than 500 members with a passion to serve those who have served our country.
 

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NYC Regional Learning Center Recognized for Customized Employment Efforts

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CVS Health Workforce Initiatives team members accept the Customized Employment Award for their work to provide training and employment to people with disabilities through our Regional Learning Center in New York City.

CVS Health has been recognized by the Consortium for Customized Learning in New York City for our efforts to provide employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

The Customized Employment Award, given annually by the Consortium, in collaboration with the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, was presented to CVS Health by Commissioner Victor Calise at an awards ceremony on March 28.

The Consortium, a project of Job Path, Inc., connects New York City businesses to a network of nonprofit agencies engaged in providing training and employment for people with disabilities. The CVS Health Workforce Initiatives team works with four of those agencies — AHRC New York City, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Goodwill NYNJ), Cooke School & Institute and HeartShare Human Services of New York — to create customized training programs and work experiences for people with disabilities.

Additionally, AHRC NY and Goodwill NYNJ are two of several agencies and schools that utilize our New York City-based Regional Learning Center (RLC) mock store to provide customized hands-on training to people with disabilities, allowing them to learn in a less intimidating environment, at their own pace before entering into a work experience program in a retail setting.

Workforce in NYC: Our Ongoing Training and Employment Programs

Since 2017, more than 220 people with disabilities have completed a work experience program within our New York City-based mock store and CVS Pharmacy retail stores, where they learn skills such as customer service, stocking, working within a team setting and conflict resolution. Additionally, the opening of our Brooklyn Transition Center in 2017 has provided another 380 students with disabilities with mock store training opportunities.

The Customized Employment Award is one of several that our RLC in New York City has received recently for its programs. In 2018, CVS Health was named Employer of the Year by Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Goodwill NYNJ) for being a leader in the vision to create a world with no employment barriers for individuals with disabilities. And in 2017, the Regional Learning Center (RLC) team was recognized by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office for People With Disabilities with the Title 1 Sapolin Employment award. The award is given to employers in New York City that provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to obtain competitive employment.

The training and opportunities provided through our nationwide network of Regional Learning Centers are part of our Abilities In Abundance program, which helps workers with disabilities access the security and prosperity that stable jobs can provide. Led by our Workforce Initiatives team, Abilities In Abundance provides job coaching, mentoring, training and follow-up support.

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CVS Health Recognized for Gender Equality Efforts

CVS Health Recognized for Gender Equality Efforts
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The 2019 Gender-Equality Index Seal

CVS Health was recently named to Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which recognizes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality in the workplace.

Data used to determine inclusion on the GEI is self-disclosed and must include information about how each company promotes gender equality across four areas: company statistics, policies, community engagement and products and services. CVS Health was among 230 companies worldwide to be included on this year’s GEI.

A Focus on Diversity

With a customer and patient base that spans the country, we understand that in order to be successful, our colleagues and suppliers should reflect the demographics of the thousands of communities we serve.

We have a number of initiatives in place, as well as a team of dedicated colleagues focused on these programs, to ensure that we have diversity within our workforce and that individual groups, including women, within our workforce have the support to be successful.

Our colleague resource groups provide employees across the enterprise with the opportunity to connect with one another through a particular affinity, culture or perspective. One of these groups, the Women’s Success Network, provides individuals, but particularly women, at CVS Health, with educational, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities that promote empowerment and develop leadership and networking skills.

Additionally, our Supplier Diversity Program connects CVS Health to minority- and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) while also providing those business owners with training and guidance so that we can successfully work together. We also partner with advocacy organizations that provide education and opportunities to MWBEs, such as the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Our Award-Winning Efforts

In addition to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, we have been recognized with several other awards for our diversity efforts. We were named one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBE) in 2017 by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Our other diversity-focused awards include: FORTUNE'S Most Admired Companies; Disability Equality Index’s Best Places to Work for Diversity Inclusion; Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens; Human Rights Campaign's Top Places to Work for LGBT Equality; Points of Light's The Civic 50, Military Times Best for Vets; the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index; and DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity.

For more information on our workforce and supplier diversity initiatives, visit our Diversity page

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