2014 Community Grant Recipients

Access to health care partnerships

Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, Albany, NY

CVS Health provided a $5,000 grant to the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) to support increased access to health care services for underserved populations in Albany, NY. IPH has a Health and Wellness Program thatprovides a safe, confidential place for clients to receive a variety of services, including answers to medical questions and assistance with medical referrals.  The program provides quick access to nursing staff for homeless or low-income individuals experiencing urgent, but non-emergency health conditions. Through grant support, IPH is also able to assist clients in obtaining insurance and navigating other health care issues.

Health Care Center for the Homeless, Orlando, FL

Health Care Center for the Homeless serves homeless and low-income housed but uninsured residents of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties in Central Florida by offering primary, medical, dental and behavioral health services. Through a $5,000 grant from CVS Health, the Center is providing access to primary health care services for patients affected by chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension, and have no form of health coverage. The clinic uses a Chronic Care Model, which educates and empowers patients who suffer with chronic illnesses to manage their health and help lower health care costs. 

Chronic disease management partnerships

Preventive Medicine Institute, Dallas, TX

CVS Health has provided a $10,000 grant to the Preventive Medicine Institute (PMI) – a non-profit wellness screening program designed to identify the risks of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease in African American and Hispanic communities throughout the Dallas area. Specifically, the team conducts regular screening events through churches and community centers to monitor blood pressure, Body Mass Index, blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Through this grant, PMI is able to provide these screenings for 350 patients and expand their services to include screening for tobacco users and support those patients who want to quit by referring them to state and local smoking cessation services.  

Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

CVS Health is supporting Phoenix Children's Hospital’s Breathmobile – a mobile asthma clinic containing exam rooms and medical equipment – with a $10,000 grant. The Breathmobile travels to 19 inner-city schools in Phoenix throughout the year to support underserved children who are living with asthma, the number one cause of school absence and emergency room visits. The asthma clinic provides asthma diagnosis, patient and family education, treatment and follow-up at no cost to children and families. Thanks to the grant, the clinic will also be able to provide resources to parents related to smoking cessation since second-hand smoke is one of the greatest factors contributing to asthma in children who live with a smoker. The Breathmobile has seen great success through their clinic and has seen a 40 percent drop in missed school days due to asthma-related problems, a greater than 70 percent drop in emergency room visits, and a greater than 73 percent drop in asthma-related hospital stays among Breathmobile patients.  

La Rabida, Chicago, IL

La Rabida – a hospital that treats young people with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities and those who have suffered abuse and trauma in the Chicago area – received a $5,000 grant from CVS Health to support services provided by the Chicago Children's Diabetes Center (CCDC), an American Diabetes Association-recognized program. Through the program, which focuses on diabetes management and in-patient and family education, La Rabida provides specialty care to approximately 800 children each year. CCDC experts make education the hallmark of the program by offering patient and caregiver training, as well as courses for school nurses and Chicago Public School employees. La Rabida uses the latest in diabetes care technology and provides structured education when children are initially diagnosed. The CCDC also offers follow-up education at each office visit to help the child and parents apply what they’ve learned.

Tobacco cessation and prevention partnerships

Live Well San Diego, San Diego, CA

CVS Health has made a $75,000 commitment to support Live Well San Diego, the city’s recently launched county-wide municipal health and wellness initiative. The program is designed to bring together companies, non-profits and government agencies fostering collaboration and health care innovation to improve the health, safety and overall well-being of its 3.2 million residents. The grant is being used to provide smoking cessation services for the 72 percent of people in the behavioral health system in San Diego that are tobacco users through the American Lung Association in California (ALA). Through this collaboration, the ALA is providing tobacco cessation training for County of San Diego behavioral health and alcohol/drug treatment providers as well as nicotine replacement therapies and carbon monoxide monitors to assess the client’s progress. The goal is to help 1,750 smokers in San Diego in their effort to quit and stay quit.  

The Connecticut Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, New Haven, CT

CVS Health is supporting The Connecticut Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs “BE SMART DON’T START” community initiative with a $30,000 grant. This new program, which focuses on teen tobacco use and prevention, aligns with our commitment to help people lead tobacco-free lives. The centerpiece of the initiative is a new tobacco and e-cigarette education and prevention curriculum, which focuses on the dangers of traditional tobacco use, as well as the utilization of e-cigarettes, which continues to grow among youth. The program includes community forums, which are open to club members and their families across 16 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Connecticut.

B’more For Healthy Babies, Baltimore, MD

CVS Health is partnering with the City of Baltimore to support a smoking cessation initiative through their B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) program. The goal of the partnership is to reduce current self-reported smoking among pregnant women by 15 percent in the next five years. CVS Health provided an $85,000 grant to assist BHB in improving the health of women and families across Baltimore by ensuring that cessation services are available to women who want to quit. The grant is being used to:

Educate families on the harmful effects of smoking and second-hand smoke exposure in pregnant women and infants.
Train health care providers and pharmacists to routinely counsel pregnant women who smoke on how they can get help to quit.
Drive women who smoke to Maryland’s Quitline, and to group-based services or cessation resources including CVS/pharmacy and Minute Clinic.

Respiratory Health Association, Chicago, IL

The Respiratory Health Association is dedicated to promoting healthy lungs and fighting lung disease in the Chicago area. The organization is committed to helping people quit smoking and remain tobacco free through their smoking cessation programs for medically underserved populations across Chicago with a focus on African Americans, pregnant women, women of childbearing age, people with asthma and families with low-economic status. Through a $10,000 grant from CVS Health, the Respiratory Health Association is providing free smoking cessation training to 20 health care professionals from federally qualified health centers, community-based health centers and area hospitals through their Courage to Quit Program. Leaders who are trained can bring the curriculum back to their community health organizations to support their patients who are trying to quit and who have already quit.  

Oakwood Taylor Teen Health Center, Dearborn, MI

The Oakwood Healthcare System (OHS) serves the Southeastern Michigan community by providing health care services across a number of hospitals, clinics, schools, churches, senior centers and other community venues. CVS Health has provided a $10,000 grant to the Oakwood Taylor Teen Health Center (TTHC), a community-based adolescent health center serving adolescents and young adults who reside in Wayne County, with a particular emphasis on the community of southwest Taylor. Funding from CVS Health will allow 90 teens and young adults to participate in Oakwood's TTTC smoking cessation program, "Stop Today and Remove Tobacco" (S.T.A.R.T.). Through the program, youth ages 14-19 receive the American Lung Association's "Not on Tobacco" (N-O-T) curriculum in partnership with the Taylor school system. This ten-week course helps students identify their reasons for smoking, find healthier alternatives and identify a strong support system to help them remain tobacco-free. In addition, young adults ages 19-25 receive the American Lung Association's "Freedom from Smoking" curriculum, a seven-week program that offers in-person and online classes. Both programs are specifically designed for teens and young adults to maximize their success.

Indiana Perinatal Network, Indianapolis, IN

CVS Health is partnering with the Indiana Perinatal Network – whose mission is to improve the health of all mothers and babies in Indiana – on their innovative “Baby & Me Tobacco Free” program. Through a $15,000 grant, CVS Health is supporting their efforts to reduce the number of pregnant women in Indiana who smoke. The program is offered at hospitals and clinics, WIC offices, health departments and community organizations throughout the state. Funds from CVS Health will provide incentives to 45 expectant mothers to encourage them to continue to live tobacco free. 

Hope Health Clinic, La Grange, KY

Hope Health Clinic (HHC) provides a primary care medical home to uninsured residents in predominately rural areas in Kentucky. Through a $5,000 CVS Health grant, HHC will provide patients with access to the Cooper Clayton Smoking Cessation Program, a 13-week program combining nicotine replacement therapy and support groups facilitated by the local health department. The program employs a relational-based approach to tobacco cessation by matching each participant with an "encourager" for weekly meetings and support. Patients are assessed at 13 weeks, six months and one year to determine their status and ability to remain tobacco free.