Longs Drugs debuts HealthHUB experience to serve Hawaii

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Three HealthHUB locations will help make chronic disease management and overall health and wellness more simple, convenient and affordable

As COVID-19 continues to impact the state, new HealthHUBs broaden access to care in person and virtually

HONOLULU — Longs Drugs and its parent company CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today held a community grand opening ceremony and blessing to debut HealthHUB, a new store format at three store locations in Hawaii. The innovative health care experience enables individuals and families to access health care that is more accessible, affordable and simply better.

Following the ceremony, which included traditional Hawaiian and Chinese blessings, CVS Health committed to a second year of funding to Aloha United Way in support of Hawaii's efforts to meet the health needs of Oahu's homeless population. The $25,000 grant will bolster Hawaii Homeless Healthcare Hui's (H4) plans to build a permanent, comprehensive service facility in Iwilei to better provide its medical services.

The new HealthHUB locations will continue to offer products specifically procured for the people of Hawaii, and feature a broader range of connected health care services to help patients better manage chronic conditions; more products and services focused on overall health and wellness; and trusted advice and personalized care that can be accessed virtually and with the ease of walking into the following Longs Drugs:

  • Longs Drugs, 45 480 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe, HI 96744

  • Longs Drugs, 98-1005 Moanalua Road, Aiea, HI 96701

  • Longs Drugs, 925 California Avenue, Wahiawa, HI 96786

"We're delivering real change to the health care system, and that is the focus of our new HealthHUB locations across the state," said Scott Sutton, Region Director for Longs Drugs in Hawaii. "Customers tell us they want local access to convenient, personalized and integrated health care. Our HealthHUBs do just that elevating the store and our digital touchpoints into a seamless, community-based health care offering that complements the patient-doctor relationship and provides consumers with accessible and knowledgeable experts they trust, in order to coordinate a better health care experience at a lower cost."

CVS Health began piloting HealthHUBs in 2018 to overwhelming customer satisfaction. The introduction of HealthHUB in Hawaii is part of the company's strategy to scale the program nationally and comes at a critical time when the country is addressing a global pandemic.

"As COVID-19 continues to impact Hawaii and communities across the country, many Americans have delayed visiting a doctor for routine care, a decision that can have serious, long-term consequences," continued Sutton. "The addition of HealthHUBs across the state means the community now has convenient locations for health and wellness checks, immunizations, treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, screening for chronic conditions, and much more."

For many Americans, health care can be difficult to navigate. During the COVID-19 pandemic, and at a time when chronic disease continues to grow in prevalence and impact in the U.S., patients are facing complexities and fragmentation when seeking the right care. Today, one in two Americans has at least one chronic illness, with data showing that close to $500 billion of the costs associated with chronic disease are avoidable.http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/sites/default/files/TL221_final.pdf  What's more, nine out of 10 (91%) patients say they need more help with chronic disease management.https://cvshealth.com/sites/default/files/cvs-health-improving-chronic-disease-care-and-outcomes.pdf

CVS Health created HealthHUBs to help people manage chronic conditions more conveniently and affordably by improving the overall patient experience and featuring a wide array of accessible health and wellness products, clinical services and expertise.

The HealthHUB locations inside Longs Drugs feature an on-site Care Concierge team focused on customer engagement, including educating customers about new service offerings, helping them navigate in-store services, and connecting them to a team of health care providers. Among the key features incorporated in a HealthHUB include:

Greater selection of health and wellness products

  • Shop hundreds of products such as health devices that sync to your mobile phone, aromatherapy, fitness essentials, durable medical equipment, sleep apnea products and more.

  • Learning table for customers to explore health and wellness apps and shop our expanded assortment of products on CVS.com.

More personalized support at the pharmacy

  • Education and counseling for patients with chronic conditions, helping to create personalized plans that enable better health outcomes and reduces medical costs.

  • Pharmacist-led diabetes counseling and smart device coaching for select blood glucose monitors.

  • Smoking cessation plans for patients and caregivers to help patients quit smoking.

Expanded services at MinuteClinic

  • Continued convenient access to services for minor illnesses and injuries, as well as immunizations, wellness and health checks.

  • Screening, treatment and monitoring for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

  • End-to-end sleep apnea solution, including sleep assessment by an independent third-party provider.

  • Suite of services to help manage common health conditions for young adults.

  • Phlebotomy services in conjunction with a MinuteClinic visit.

"We are pleased that Longs Drugs at Windward City Shopping Center now offers the vital and convenient services of the new HealthHUB," said Sarah A. Mandeville (S), Property Manager of Windward City Shopping Center. "The investment made to bring this innovative resource to our Windward Oahu location demonstrates the continued commitment of Longs Drugs and CVS Health to this special community."

CVS Health operates 500 HealthHUB locations in 29 states, with plans to have 600 operational by the end of the year. The company is on track to bring its HealthHUB experience to 1500 stores by the end of 2021.

Visit our website to learn more about products and services available through our HealthHUB locations. For downloadable photos and videos available for media use, visit our HealthHUB Media Gallery.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a different kind of health care company. We are a diversified health services company with nearly 300,000 employees united around a common purpose of helping people on their path to better health. In an increasingly connected and digital world, we are meeting people wherever they are and changing health care to meet their needs. Built on a foundation of unmatched community presence, our diversified model engages one in three Americans each year. From our innovative new services at HealthHUB locations, to transformative programs that help manage chronic conditions, we are making health care more accessible, more affordable and simply better. Learn more about how we're transforming health at www.cvshealth.com.

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401-378-5220
Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com

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MinuteClinic Launches Virtual Visit Offering in 8 Additional States

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MinuteClinic Video Visits are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the CVS Pharmacy App and on-line

WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, has rolled out its virtual visit offering in eight additional states. People with minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness needs can now seek care through MinuteClinic Video Visits, a telehealth offering, in the states of Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. MinuteClinic Video Visits provide patients with access to care 24 hours a day, seven days a week from their mobile device or computer.

"We're excited to continue to expand the availability of MinuteClinic Video Visits across eight additional states as we continue to build our national practice for this service," said Sharon Vitti, President, MinuteClinic. "The expansion of this MinuteClinic service enables us to provide even more people with access to an innovative, on-demand health care option and demonstrates our commitment to delivering high-quality care when and where our patients need it, at prices they can afford."

A CVS Health study found that 95 percent of patients who opted to receive a telehealth visit during the pilot phase of the program, were highly satisfied with the quality of care they received.Polinski, J. M., Barker, T., Gagliano, N., Sussman, A., Brennan, T. A., & Shrank, W. H. (2016). Patients' Satisfaction with and Preference for Telehealth Visits. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 31(3), 269 275. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-015-3489-x In the same study, 95 percent of patients were also satisfied with the convenience of using the telehealth service and the overall telehealth experience. Since MinuteClinic Video Visits launched in August 2018, thousands of Video Visits have been conducted in 18 states and Washington, DC, with more than half taking place outside of traditional clinic hours.

Working collaboratively with Teladoc (NYSE: TDOC), the global leader in virtual care, and leveraging Teladoc's technology platform, patients can receive care via a MinuteClinic Video Visit, initiated through their computer or mobile device, including through the CVS Pharmacy app. Patients who opt to seek care through a fully customized MinuteClinic Video Visit experience the same high-quality, evidence-based care they receive at traditional MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS Pharmacy and Target stores.

Video visits can be used to provide care for patients ages two years and older who are seeking treatment for a minor illness, minor injury, or a skin condition. Each patient will complete a health questionnaire and be matched to a board-certified health care provider licensed in their state, who will review the completed questionnaire with the patient's medical history, and proceed with the video-enabled visit.

During a MinuteClinic Video Visit, the provider will assess the patient's condition and determine the appropriate course of treatment following evidence-based clinical care guidelines. For patients who require a prescription as part of their treatment plan, the provider will submit the prescription to the patient's preferred pharmacy. If it is determined the patient should be seen in person for follow-up care or testing, the provider will recommend that the patient visit a health care provider in their community, such as their primary care provider or a nearby MinuteClinic location.

A MinuteClinic Video Visit costs $59, which is currently payable by credit, debit, FSA and HSA cards. Insurance coverage will be added to the experience in the coming months. The service, first introduced in August 2018, is now available in a total of 26 states - Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming - and Washington D.C.

Information about initiating a MinuteClinic Video Visit is part of the clinic locator on the MinuteClinic web site for states where the service is available. A patient can also initiate a MinuteClinic Video Visit directly from the CVS Pharmacy app.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is the nation's premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,900 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year and expanding specialty pharmacy services. CVS Health also serves an estimated 38 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offerings and a leading standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. The Company believes its innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health
401-770-3317
Christine.Cramer@cvshealth.com

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Three Colleges and Universities Receive Grants to Pursue 100% Tobacco-Free Campuses in Hawaii

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Grants from the CVS Health Foundation, Truth Initiative and the American Cancer Society will support efforts to advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free policies, including limiting the use of e-cigarettes

HONOLULU, March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its commitment to building healthier communities, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it has provided a total of nearly $60,000 in grants through the CVS Health Foundation to the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, the Chaminade University of Honolulu and Kaua'I Community College in Lihue to advocate for, adopt, and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies, including limiting the use of e-cigarettes.

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The new recipients are part of a more than $1.4 million grant pool to 82 schools across the country. Delivered in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative, the grants build upon the three organizations' combined commitment to helping deliver a tobacco-free generation.

The funding announced today will help accelerate and expand the number of campuses across the country that prohibit smoking, e-cigarette, and other tobacco product use. While conventional cigarette smoking among high school students has fallen by almost 50 percent since 2011, e-cigarette use has surged over the last year, especially among young people there are 2.8 million young adults aged 18-24 who are current e-cigarette users. The spread of e-cigarettes risks a reversal of the progress made in reducing smoking over the last two decades given that young people who vape are four times more likely to begin smoking cigarettes in the future.

"A critical goal in building healthier communities across the country is reducing tobacco-use, which remains one of the leading causes of preventable death in this country," said Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation. "By helping more colleges and universities explore and execute on tobacco-free policies, we're able to positively influence the number of new college-age smokers and get one step closer to our goal of seeing the first tobacco-free generation."

The grants are part of Be The First, CVS Health's five-year, $50 million initiative to deliver the nation's first tobacco-free generation, which is a major program within the company's new $100 million Building Healthier Communities initiative. While the number of U.S. colleges and universities that are smoke- or tobacco-free has doubled since 2012, approximately half of the nearly 5,000 schools across the country still have no comprehensive policy in place.

With the CVS Health Foundation's support, the American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative programs help students, faculty and staff develop and execute strategies that are customized to meet the unique needs of each campus and move the schools toward a 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free environment. Together, the organizations have provided financial and technical support to more than 200 colleges and universities since 2016, helping to clear the air for more than one million students.

"While the teen smoking rate has fallen to an all-time low of 4.6 percent, the rapid rise in e-cigarette use threatens to erase this progress given youth who vape are four times more likely to progress to smoking deadly cigarettes," said Robin Koval, CEO and President of Truth Initiative. "Over the years, we've had great success in working with colleges to go smoke- and tobacco-free. They now play a critical role in also addressing the e-cigarette epidemic as vaping becomes even more prevalent on campuses across the U.S. Together with our partners, we look forward to empowering as many colleges and universities as possible with the information and resources they need to end all tobacco use for good."

"Cigarettes cause more than 480,000 U.S. deaths annually and are responsible for nearly 29 percent of all cancer deaths in the U.S.," said Gary Reedy, CEO of the American Cancer Society. "College is a time when young adults are susceptible to developing or perpetuating an addiction to nicotine and tobacco. This partnership continues to enable us to help reduce tobacco use among college students and therefore reduce the number of people impacted by tobacco-related diseases."

To see the full list of colleges supported by these grants and for more information on the grant application process, please visit http://www.cvshealth.com/smartcampusesquit.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is the nation's premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,800 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 93 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. CVS Health also serves an estimated 39 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including a rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offering. This innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

About the CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues' spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org.

About Truth Initiative
Truth Initiative is a national public health organization that is inspiring tobacco-free lives and building a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. The truth about tobacco and the tobacco industry are at the heart of our proven-effective and nationally recognized truth public-education campaign, our rigorous and scientific research and policy studies, and our innovative community and youth engagement programs supporting populations at high risk of using tobacco. The Washington, D.C.,-based organization, formerly known as Legacy, was established and funded through the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between attorneys general from 46 states, five U.S. territories and the tobacco industry. To learn more about how Truth Initiative speaks, seeks and spreads the truth about tobacco, visit truthinitiative.org.

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Tobacco-free college campuses

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Hats off to these U.S. colleges and universities who are committed to developing 100% smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. Since 2016, the CVS Health Foundation, in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative, have provided grants to the following schools to help them advocate for, adopt and implement policies.

Learn more about our Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative and how you can help!


Alabama

Concordia College Alabama
Lawson State Community College
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Shelton State Community College
Talladega College
University of West Alabama
Wallace Community College Selma


Alaska

Ilisagvik College
University of Alaska Anchorage


Arizona

Grand Canyon University
Pima County Community College
Mohave Community College


Arkansas

Shorter College


California

Antelope Valley College
Art Center College of Design
Bakersfield College
California State University, Chico
California State University San Marcos
Cerro Coso Community College
Citrus College
City College of San Francisco
Clovis Community College
College of Alameda
College of the Redwoods
Columbia College
Crafton Hills College
Cuesta College
Evergreen Valley College
Foothill College
Gavilan College
Long Beach City College
Los Angeles Valley College
Merritt College
Mills College
Orange Coast College
Oxnard College
Porterville College
Reedley College
Saint Mary's College of California
Santiago Canyon College
Shasta College
Stanford University
University of San Francisco
Ventura College
West Valley College
Whittier College


Colorado

Aims Community College
Arapahoe Community College


Connecticut

Fairfield University
Housatonic Community College
Naugatuck Valley Community College


District of Columbia

Howard University


Florida

Flagler College
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Florida Keys Community College
Florida Memorial University
Indian River State College
Northwest Florida State College
St. Petersburg College


Georgia

Brenau University
Morehouse College
The Interdenominational Theological Center


Hawaii

Chaminade University of Honolulu
Kaua'i Community College
University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii on behalf of Maui College


Idaho

North Idaho College


Illinois

St. Xavier University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Indiana

Indiana State University
Indiana University
Indiana University Bloomington
Saint Mary's College


Kansas

Fort Scott Community College


Kentucky

Frontier Nursing University
Western Kentucky University


Maine

York County Community College


Maryland

Anne Arundel Community College
Baltimore City Community College
Loyola University Maryland
St. Mary's College of Maryland
University of Maryland Eastern Shore


Massachusetts

Bay Path University
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
Roxbury Community College
Springfield College
Urban College of Boston


Michigan

Alma College
Davenport University
Ferris State University
Oakland University
University of Michigan
Walsh College
West Shore Community College


Minnesota

Gustavus Adolphus College
Minnesota State University, Mankato


Mississippi

Alcorn State University
Coahoma Community College
Hinds Community College, Utica Campus
Jackson State University
Mississippi Valley State University
Rust College
Tougaloo College
University of Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi


Missouri

University of Missouri


Montana

Great Falls College – Montana State University


Nebraska

Metropolitan Community College
Western Nebraska Community College


Nevada

Truckee Meadows Community College
Western Nevada College


New Hampshire

Dartmouth College
University of New Hampshire


New Jersey

Bergen Community College
Montclair State University
New Jersey City University
Rowan University
William Paterson University of New Jersey


New Mexico

San Juan College
Santa Fe Community College


New York

Dominican College
Finger Lakes Community College
Herkimer County Community College
Mercy College
Nassau Community College
Nazareth College of Rochester
North Country Community College
Onondaga Community College
St. Francis College
St. John's University
St. John Fisher College
State University of New York - Sullivan
SUNY Potsdam
University at Albany, SUNY


North Carolina

Alamance Community College
Bladen Community College
Duke University
East Carolina University
Fayetteville State University
Isothermal Community College
Lenoir-Rhyne University 
North Carolina A&T University
North Carolina Central University
Piedmont Community College
Pitt Community College
Robeson Community College
Saint Augustine's University
Shaw University
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Winston Salem State University


Ohio

Blue Ash College, University of Cincinnati
Bowling Green State University
Cuyahoga Community College
Lorain County Community College
Terra State Community College
University of Cincinnati
University of Dayton
University of Findlay
Wilberforce University


Oklahoma

College of Allied Health


Oregon

Oregon State University
Treasure Valley Community College


Pennsylvania

Bryn Mawr College
Chatham University
Cheyney University
Community College of Allegheny County
Community College of Philadelphia
Gannon University
Lackawanna College
Lincoln University
Penn State University 
Temple University
University of Pennsylvania 
University of Pittsburgh
Westmoreland County Community College


Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island


South Carolina

Allen University
Benedict College
South Carolina State University
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Wofford College


South Dakota

South Dakota State University


Tennessee

East Tennessee State University
Lane College
Meharry Medical College
Tennessee State University
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Texas

Alvin Community College
El Paso Community College
North Lake College
Prairie View A&M University
South Texas College
Southwestern Christian College
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Texas Christian University
Texas College
Texas Southern University
University of Texas at Dallas


Utah

Salt Lake Community College
Southern Utah University
University of Utah Health Sciences
Weber State University


Vermont

Green Mountain College
Johnson State College
Vermont Technical College


Virginia

Hampton University
Norfolk State University
University of Richmond
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Virginia Union University
Virginia University of Lynchburg


Virgin Islands

University of the Virgin Islands


Washington

Columbia Basin College
Pierce College
Whitworth University


Wisconsin

Concordia University Wisconsin
Marquette University
St. Norbert College
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


West Virginia

Bluefield State College
Concord University
Eastern West Virginia Community College
Shepherd University
West Virginia State University

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