2016 Community grant recipients

Mitigating prescription drug abuse 

Morris County Prevention Is Key, Morris County, NJ

Morris County Prevention Is Key (MCPIK) provides hands-on education on how to recognize an opiate overdose and provide lifesaving rescue measures to reverse the effects of an Opioid overdose. Through support from CVS Health, MCPIK will offer two Peer Specialist trainings in North & South Jersey. These trainings, which will include 25 new trainees each, will expand program capacity and provide an opportunity for those trained to share knowledge in one-on-one, group and emergency room interventions. Those who participate in the trainings will also be able to provide assistance to law enforcement professionals during an overdose response as well as in correctional facilities.

Addictions Care Center of Albany, Inc., Albany, NY

The Addictions Care Center of Albany, Inc. (ACCA) provides addiction recovery services and homeless housing for individuals and families struggling with addiction. ACCA also provides community outreach and prevention education to the greater capital region. ACCA's Mission is to "empower individuals, families and communities to advance beyond addiction and overcome barriers to healing through an array of quality, compassionate care and prevention programs. ACCA respects each individual's unique journey through recovery and believes the disease of addiction is both preventable and treatable. CVS Health provided a Community grant to ACCA to help increase school-based prevention programming by including a new component focused on prescription drug prevention for their middle and high school student outreach along with a new K through 4th grade lesson on hurtful and harmful drugs.

Tobacco cessation and prevention

Family Health Centers of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) is an organization dedicated to providing caring, affordable, quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income, and medically underserved populations. From a single clinic founded by community activists in 1970, they have grown into San Diego's largest provider of safety-net health care, school-based health services, comprehensive HIV services, and health care services for those with housing insecurity. In 2015, they provided more than 170,000 individual patients with primary care and health services at 38 sites throughout San Diego, including 22 primary care clinics, 4 behavioral health facilities, 6 dental clinics, an outpatient substance abuse treatment program, and three Mobile Medical Units that provide services at more than 25 schools, public housing sites, and homeless shelters. Through funding from CVS Health, FHCSD aims to increase engagement of patients who smoke in evidence-based cessation services through an innovative Electronic Health Record (EHR) Connect-to-Quit program. 

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), Washington, DC

The Latin American Youth Center’s (LAYC) mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through comprehensive multi-cultural and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs. CVS Health awarded a Community Grant to LAYC aimed at preventing tobacco use in youth in the Washington, DC community. Through support from CVS Health, LAYC will offer peer-to-peer, youth-led community education around preventing tobacco use and community conversations where staff will provide anti-smoking resources for young people. They will also lead technical assistance workshops on how to combat smoking in their community and create tobacco-free policies at housing developments, parks, recreation centers and religious institutions around Washington DC.

Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute (CARTI), Little Rock, AR

For nearly four decades, CARTI has been focused on fighting cancer, delivering the world’s most advanced forms of cancer care in a compassionate patient-centered environment. CARTI’s mission is to promote the finest quality cancer treatment and compassionate care and to improve knowledge through education and research. Their team of high-caliber medical, surgical and radiation oncologists and diagnostic radiologists works closely with staff to offer patients a full range of treatment options within a single network of coordinated care. Services include the most advanced forms of diagnostic radiology, surgical oncology, oncology/hematology, as well as leading-edge radiation therapy. CVS Health awarded a grant to the organization to help them train instructors for and institute a Freedom From Smoking (FFS) cessation program for their patients. The FFS curriculum is a best-in-class smoking cessation curriculum developed by the American Lung Association.

Access to health care

The Floating Hospital, New York, NY

The Floating Hospital is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center that provides health care services to medically underserved communities in New York City. The Floating Hospital delivers medical, mental health and dental care services. CVS Health awarded a Community Grant to support the hospital’s “Good Health Shuttle” which is a free transportation program serving 12,000 homeless families and domestic violence populations in New York City. The Floating Hospital makes 100 daily door-to-door trips to family homeless shelters and domestic violence safe houses throughout NYC to ensure these populations have access to quality health care services. In 2015 alone, The Floating Hospital served 12,242 homeless women and children. Nearly 100% of homeless families served through The Floating Hospital use The Good Health Shuttle to access care. 

Nevada Health Centers, Reno, NV

As a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, Nevada Health Centers is a non-profit organization that has been providing quality, affordable health services throughout the state of Nevada since 1977. They have multiple health centers across the state. CVS Health provides support for their “Mammovan” program — a mobile mammography unit accredited through the American College of Radiology that provides quality breast screenings to women throughout Nevada. The Mammovan travels deep into the heart of Nevada communities to bring mobile mammography services to women living in medically underserved and/or geographically isolated areas who would not have access to or seek out mammography services on their own. They are the only mobile mammography program in the state.

Arubah Community Clinic, Collinsville, OK

Arubah Community Clinic is a free clinic and Federally Qualified Community Health Center located outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma, serving residents of Northeast Oklahoma. Arubah Community Clinic’s mission is to provide quality care with dignity to restore the physical, mental and emotional health of people who are underinsured or are unable to obtain health care services in the region. This organization is mainly staffed by volunteers, and was founded in 2010. Arubah Community Clinic provides medical care for acute and chronic illness, basic dental care, lab services, health education and prescription assistance. CVS Health awarded them a Community Grant to expand their follow-up clinic hours and expand their current service offerings for the patients they serve.

Chronic disease management

Senior Services of Snohomish County, Everett, WA

Senior Services of Snohomish County (SSSC) located just outside of Seattle, WA, works to promote independence, preserve dignity and enhance the quality of life through the provision of services for older adults and people with disabilities. CVS Health provided a Community Grant to support their “Living Well” workshop series. The series is a comprehensive, evidence-based series developed by Stanford University including three workshops designed to help individuals with various chronic health conditions improve their quality of life. These conditions include diabetes, asthma, heart disease, arthritis, hypertension and chronic pain. The workshops are titled “Living Well with Chronic Conditions”, “Living Well with Chronic Pain” and “Living Well with Diabetes”. CVS Health funding helps support SSSC’s training of additional instructors and provides participants with the necessary supplies for the workshops.

The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative (WBHI), Miami, FL

The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative (WBHI) aims to save lives by connecting at-risk women with the prevention and early detection services necessary to identify and treat breast cancer and heart disease through door-to-door outreach campaigns, referrals and screening events with a mobile mammography unit. CVS Health awarded a Community Grant to fund a full-time program coordinator, increasing the WBHI’s capacity to provide screenings and navigation from 600 to 650 women annually. This funding also supports the addition of a volunteer coordinator who will provide much-needed support for outreach activities and the WBHI college campus club program to educate and raise awareness of breast cancer and heart disease among young people. 

AgeOptions, Cook County, IL

AgeOptions seeks to sustain and promote independence for older adults in their own homes and communities. AgeOptions is a licensed facilitator of the Stanford University Patient Education Center’s Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Programs (CDSMP/DSMP), and has operated the program since 2006. These programs, known locally as “Take Charge of Your Health” and “Take Charge of Your Diabetes,” consist of six weekly, 2.5 hour sessions that are led by two certified facilitators who either have chronic conditions, or who have experience as caregivers for individuals with chronic conditions. CVS Health awarded a Community Grant to fund training and materials costs during AgeOptions’ two-year expansion efforts. With this support, they will increase capacity and infrastructure through training and increased referrals through a variety of different strategic partnerships and marketing efforts.