Larry Merlo, President and Chief Executive Officer for CVS Health, recently addressed the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to discuss how the combination of CVS Health and Aetna has the power to enhance the way consumers engage with their health care locally and improve public health outcomes.
As we approach a new year in health care, Merlo urged attendees to think beyond their personal health resolutions for 2019 and imagine how we can work to build healthier communities – a key focus of the CVS Health and Aetna combination.
Improving Community Health
Across the United States, there are communities where your zip code matters more than your genetic code when it comes to health. For example, Merlo highlighted how Atlanta life expectancy can differ by a decade on opposite sides of the interstate. Both CVS Health and Aetna have a deep legacy of investing in communities to help address health disparities and improve public health.
During his address, Merlo announced the company’s new Building Healthier Communities initiative – a five-year, $100 million commitment to support not-for-profit programs. This effort will provide expanded access to free health screenings, more funding to tackle public health challenges, including tobacco and opioid use, and additional investments to address social and environmental factors. Furthermore, this initiative will build on the long-standing commitments of both CVS Health and Aetna to employee volunteer programs and partnerships with local and national community organizations.