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CVS Health to offer free, community-based mental health screenings

May 10, 2023 |2 minute read time

Medical professional talks with a patient during health screening at CVS

WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 10, 2023 — CVS Health® (NYSE: CVS) announced today it is enhancing Project Health, the company's free, community-based health screening program by adding mental health screenings to its services and entering two new areas: Greensboro, NC and Petersburg, VA. Project Health will also add nearly 100 organizations this year to host its mobile units in additional under-resourced communities.

“Our events now serve more communities than ever, tapping into our CVS Pharmacy footprint and a vast network of local organizations to host our mobile units and help ensure transportation is not a barrier to receiving health services,” said Sheryl Burke, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer. “We’re also broadening our services to include mental health screenings as we continue to see a need for accessible mental health care across the country.”

CVS Health plans to host nearly 2,000 Project Health screening events across the U.S. in 2023. The company hosts these events at CVS Pharmacy locations and community organizations, offering free biometric screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose level and body mass index to detect early risks of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. The screenings will now also offer PHQ-2 assessments, screenings to help identify people who require additional evaluation for depression. Following these screenings, participants have the opportunity to meet with a nurse practitioner who can provide referrals for treatment and advice on follow-up care.

For nearly two decades, Project Health has brought free health screenings and resources to people across the country, with a focus on areas of significant need and populations that have been historically under-resourced. In 2022, 82% of people who received care at a Project Health event identified as a race other than white/Caucasian, while 68% reported a household income below $50,000. The program hosted nearly 1,700 events nationwide last year and provided $5.5 million in free medical services.

Individuals can visit or download the Project Health app to learn more about Project Health resources, events and how they can prioritize their health by receiving a free screening.

About CVS Health

CVS Health® is the leading health solutions company, delivering care like no one else can. We reach more people and improve the health of communities across America through our local presence, digital channels and over 300,000 dedicated colleagues – including more than 40,000 physicians, pharmacists, nurses and nurse practitioners. Wherever and whenever people need us, we help them with their health – whether that’s managing chronic diseases, staying compliant with their medications or accessing affordable health and wellness services in the most convenient ways. We help people navigate the health care system – and their personal health care – by improving access, lowering costs and being a trusted partner for every meaningful moment of health. And we do it all with heart, each and every day. Follow @CVSHealth on social media.

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