Cutting hair and hypertension at Nashville barbershops

Cutting hair and hypertension at Nashville barbershops
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In Nashville, Tennessee, there’s a low-slung brick building nestled among fast food shops and a gas station on Clarksville Pike. It’s proudly painted red, white, and blue — a comfortable, well-worn spot that’s become a cultural hub for generations of African-American customers.

Barbershops are not just places to get a shave and a haircut. For African-American communities, they can also become havens for much-needed health care services. High rates of hypertension in this community are compounded by the fact that African-American men often aren’t receiving regular medical care.

To address this, a group of partners, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Nashville Health, and CVS Health, are placing pharmacists inside Nashville barbershops to test patrons for high blood pressure and recommend treatments.

Listen to this episode’s podcast for a deeper dive.

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From California to Connecticut, Investing in Health at the Local Level

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In Davidson, North Carolina, chronically ill community members will have increased access to essential services. In West Chester, Pennsylvania, more of the local uninsured population will be able to participate in a non-opioid pain management program.

Those city’s free health clinics, along with nearly 130 others from California to Connecticut, will be better able to meet their community’s health needs thanks to nearly $3 million in grants from CVS Health and its Foundation to the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) and their members.

The grants furthers Aetna and CVS Health’s commitment to building healthier communities by investing in health at the local level, as these clinics will help better manage chronic disease, provide more wraparound services to address the social determinants of health, support treatment and prevention of substance abuse, including opioids and tobacco, and more.

Ranging from $10,000 – 20,000 each, the grants will be distributed to Free & Charitable Clinics in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

“Taking on these root causes of poor health will help us create lasting change towards health equity in America,” – Nicole Lamoureux, President & CEO of the NAFC.

The new funds bring the company and the CVS Health Foundation’s total contribution to NAFC to nearly $8 million since 2015.

Supporting Aetna and CVS Health’s combined goals of improving outcomes and lowering costs, more than 17,000 patients across the country had access to needed health care in 2018 as a result of last year’s NAFC grants funding. Two grantees alone saved their local hospitals $9.7 million by providing primary care to patients who would otherwise rely on the emergency room.

For more information on how the Free and Charitable Clinics will be utilizing their grants to improve community health, visit

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CVS Pharmacy Completes Rollout of Time Delay Safes in All of Its Tennessee Pharmacies

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New safes for controlled substances will help combat opioid epidemic in the state and reduce robbery incidents

All 169 CVS Pharmacy locations in Tennessee area now using time-delay safe technology

WOONSOCKET, R.I., April 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), announced today that it has completed the rollout of time delay safes in all of its 169 CVS Pharmacy locations in Tennessee. The safes will help prevent pharmacy robberies and combat the ongoing opioid epidemic in the state by helping to prevent diversion of controlled substance narcotic medications by keeping them out of the hands of unauthorized individuals. In addition, the safes will help CVS Pharmacy ensure the safety and well-being of its customers and employees.

Controlled substance narcotic medications that are sought after by robbers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are now stored in time delay safes in every CVS Pharmacy in the state of Tennessee. Time delay safes help deter pharmacy robberies by electronically delaying the time it takes for pharmacy employees to be able to open the safe. CVS Pharmacy first implemented time delay safes in Indianapolis, a city experiencing a high volume of pharmacy robberies, in 2015. The company saw a 70 percent decline in pharmacy robberies among the Indianapolis stores where the time delay safes had been installed.

"Pharmacy robberies are a challenging issue for every pharmacy and we are committed to doing all we can to reduce the number of pharmacy robbery incidents in our Tennessee stores," said Everett Moore, Division Vice President of CVS Pharmacy. "We have seen that time delay safes, combined with the other security policies and procedures in place at our stores, can greatly reduce these incidents and are pleased to roll out this enhanced security measure. These safes will help ensure that our pharmacies remain a safe environment for our patients and colleagues."

"CVS Health has been a great community partner in Tennessee, and I applaud the company on the installation of time delay safes in all of their pharmacies across our state," said State Senator Steven Dickerson. "The opioid epidemic has hit Tennessee especially hard, as it has so many other states, and our communities are working to fight this growing problem each and every day. An important way to do so is to ensure that medications are kept out of the wrong hands and these safes will help do just that."

The time delay function cannot be overridden and is designed to serve as a deterrent to would-be pharmacy robbers whose goal is to enter and exit their robbery targets as quickly as possible. All CVS Pharmacy locations with time delay safes display highly-visible signage to inform the public that time delay safes are in use to prevent on-demand access to controlled substance narcotics.

"Abuse of prescription painkillers and other medication is a significant factor in Nashville's crime. From time to time, pharmacies are targeted," said Deputy Chief William "Todd" Henry, Metro Nashville Police Department and representing the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. "The use of smart technology, like that being displayed today, to help prevent thefts, burglaries and robberies enhances the safety of us all."

The implementation of time delay safes across all CVS Pharmacy locations in Tennessee is the latest in a series of measures put in place by CVS Health to help combat prescription drug abuse in the state. CVS Health's commitment to preventing and addressing prescription drug abuse extends to community education, efforts to encourage safe disposal of unused medication and increasing access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone. The company's Pharmacists Teach program brings CVS Pharmacists to schools across the country to talk to students and parents about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. More than 456,000 students across the country, including 5,390 in Tennessee, have participated in the program.

CVS Health has also completed installation of 19 safe medication disposal units in CVS Pharmacy stores in Tennessee, in addition to the five units it has donated to Tennessee law enforcement agencies. Nationwide, nearly 1,000 safe medication disposal units have been installed in CVS Pharmacy locations, adding to the more than 900 units the company has donated to law enforcement agencies. In total, the company has facilitated nearly 1,900 units nationwide, which have collected more than 719,000 pounds, or 326 metric tons of unwanted medication, including more than 5,700 pounds, or more than 2.5 metric tons in Tennessee alone. Increasing community access to safe medication disposal helps rid homes of unused medications that could otherwise be diverted, abused or contaminate the water supply if disposed of improperly.

Additionally, CVS Health has worked with 48 states including Tennessee and Washington, DC to increase access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone, also known as Narcan. Patients can obtain this life-saving medication, which is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses, without an individual prescription in these states.

About CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with over 9,800 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at General information about CVS Pharmacy is available at

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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!


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


Ilisagvik College
University of Alaska Anchorage


Grand Canyon University
Pima County Community College
Mohave Community College


Shorter College


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


Aims Community College
Arapahoe Community College


Fairfield University
Housatonic Community College
Naugatuck Valley Community College

District of Columbia

Howard University


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


Brenau University
Morehouse College
The Interdenominational Theological Center


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


North Idaho College


St. Xavier University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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


Fort Scott Community College


Frontier Nursing University
Western Kentucky University


York County Community College


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


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


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


Gustavus Adolphus College
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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


University of Missouri


Great Falls College – Montana State University


Metropolitan Community College
Western Nebraska Community College


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


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


College of Allied Health


Oregon State University
Treasure Valley Community College


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


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


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


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


Green Mountain College
Johnson State College
Vermont Technical College


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


Columbia Basin College
Pierce College
Whitworth University


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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2019 NAFC Community Health Grant recipients

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The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics and the people they serve in the United States. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAFC is an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of Free and Charitable Clinics, their volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals, and the patients served by Free and Charitable Clinics in communities throughout the nation.

In 2019, CVS Health and its Foundation committed nearly $3 million to free clinics across the country, bringing the total contribution to NAFC to nearly $8 million since 2015. The grants will support increased access to quality care through substance abuse prevention, chronic disease management and assessing the social determinants of health, including:


Berkeley Free Clinic, Berkeley, CA

Clinic by the Bay, San Francisco, CA

Jewish Community Free Clinic, Santa Rosa, CA

Napa Acupuncture Practice, Napa, CA

St. Mary’s Dining Room, Stockton, CA

The Regents of the University of California, La Jolla, CA

The Willow Clinic, Sacramento, CA

Well-One Health Inc., Perris, CA


Malta House of Care, Inc., Hartford, CT


Caridad Center, Inc., Boynton Beach, FL

Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Grace Medical Home, Orlando, FL

Osceola County Council on Aging Inc., Kissimmee, FL

Point Washington Medical Clinic, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Shepherd’s Hope, Inc., Orlando, FL

The Outreach Clinic, Brandon, FL


Athens Free Clinic, Athens, GA

Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Good News Clinics, Gainesville, GA

Place of Hope Inc., Hampton, GA


Bolingbrook Christian Health Center, Bolingbrook, IL

Community Health Care Clinic, Normal, IL

CommunityHealth, Chicago, IL

Family Health Partnership Clinic, Crystal Lake, IL

The Night Ministry, Chicago, IL


Community Health Clinic, Inc., Elizabethtown, KY

Family Community Clinic, Louisville, KY


Luke’s House: A Clinic for Healing and Hope, New Orleans, LA

Martin Luther King Health Center & Pharmacy, Shreveport, LA

The Health Hut, Ruston, LA

North Carolina

Ada Jenkins Families and Careers Development Center, Davidson, NC

Broad Street Clinic Foundation, Inc., Morehead City, NC

Community Care Clinic, Boone, NC

Community Free Clinic, Inc., Concord, NC

Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic, Inc., Lexington, NC

DEAC Clinic at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

Grace Clinic of Yadkin Valley, Elkin, NC

Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, Hickory, NC

Hands of Hope Medical Clinic, Yadkinville, NC

HELP Center Inc., Monroe, NC

Hope Clinic, Bayboro, NC

Hunger and Health Coalition, Boone, NC

Lake Norman Community Health Clinic, Huntersville, NC

The Free Clinics , Hendersonville, NC


Heritage Community Clinic at Ohio University, Athens, OH

Lake County Free Clinic, Painesville, OH

Physicians CareConnection, Columbus, OH

St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy, Cincinnati, OH


Community Volunteers in Medicine, West Chester, PA

Health Outreach Project at the Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Highlands Health Clinic, Johnstown, PA

Hope Within Ministries, Inc., Elizabethtown, PA

The Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured, Scranton, PA

Volunteers in Medicine, Wilkes- Barre, PA

Rhode Island

Clínica Esperanza/Hope Clinic, Providence, RI


Church Health, Memphis, TN

Healing Word Counseling Center, Memphis, TN

LifeSpring Community Health, Chattanooga, TN

Siloam Health, Nashville, TN


Casa El Buen Samaritano, Houston, TX

Christ Clinic, Houston, TX

Greater Killeen Free Clinic, Inc., Killeen, TX

Hope Medical Clinic, Austin, TX

Muslim Community Center for Human Services, Richland Hills, TX

Salud Sin Fronteras, El Paso, TX

St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic, Galveston, TX

TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries, Tomball, TX


Arlington Free Clinic, Arlington, VA

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, Richmond, VA

Culmore Clinic, Springfield, VA

Health Brigade, Richmond, VA

NOVA ScriptsCentral, Inc., Falls Church, VA

Prince William Area Free Clinic, Inc., Woodbridge, VA

St. Mary’s Health Wagon, Wise, VA


Yakima Union Gospel Mission, Yakima, WA

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