Job training for underserved communities in Cleveland

Job training for underserved communities in Cleveland
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People in underserved communities often have trouble getting the job skills they need to find stable employment. That’s why CVS Health launched the Workforce Innovation and Talent Center in Cleveland. The Center provides hands-on training and other resources – like transportation, childcare and housing – to help people find meaningful employment in the health care industry. By helping keep people financially healthy, CVS Health is also helping to build healthier communities across the country.


Workforce Innovation Center’s support takes single mom from homeless to hopeful

In this episode’s podcast, we meet Carrie Robinson, who is a 28-year-old single mom living outside of Cleveland, Ohio. She’s a pharmacy technician — but not too long ago, she and her five kids found themselves homeless. She shared her story about how CVS Health’s Workforce Innovation and Talent Center changed her life. The centers provide people in under served communities with the training, resources and support network they need to be successful. Like Carrie.

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Diversity

CVS Health serves millions of people every day. For our company to thrive, it’s important to have a workforce that reflects not only our customers, but also the communities they live in.

Celebrating diversity

We work hard to develop a diverse workforce and provide a workplace that empowers all of our colleagues, regardless of their age, ethnicity and background.

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“CVS Health is a health care innovation company that is helping people on their path to better health. In order to achieve and sustain breakthrough innovation, we must seek out, listen to and leverage the voices of our diverse customers, clients, colleagues and communities. To me, diversity and innovation go hand in hand.”

Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health

Programs

Our strategic approach to managing diversity touches every aspect of our business.

Equal opportunity

It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, develop and promote the best people available, based solely upon job-related qualification.

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Supplier diversity

CVS Health strives to provide outstanding service to our customers. Diverse suppliers play a critical role in helping us achieve that goal and ensuring our company’s continued success.

Find out how we are enhancing our program
Veterans

We understand the unique skills and experience qualified veterans, current military members and military spouses possess. That’s why CVS Health is hiring them for roles across all parts of our business.

Learn about our national programs and company initiatives
Workforce initiatives

CVS Health is committed to having a workforce that’s diverse. We work to ensure that youth, mature workers, veterans and other groups that reflect our communities have a place within our company.

Learn about our core workforce programs
Multicultural products and services

Our colleagues, customers, clients and patients come from countless backgrounds and cultures, and have distinct and varied needs.

Learn about our multicultural approach

Heroes2Careers military hiring program

CVS Health recognizes the value of military service and appreciates our nation’s veterans’ unparalleled skills and experience, and we are proud of our longstanding tradition of hiring qualified veterans and military spouses.

Our Heroes2Careers program is dedicated to hiring those who have served our country while executing on our commitment to build an inclusive, diverse workforce. The program provides a bridge to careers for military and the military-connected community by:

Conducting recruiting activities that help veterans and military spouses understand the opportunities available to them at CVS Health, and share how the skills they’ve gained while in uniform can translate to job functions and/or leadership positions.

  • Collaborating with the military community, community-based services and educational organizations to establish relationships and share best practices.

  • Educating teams across our organization about the benefits of recruiting and hiring veterans, as well as facilitating the military to civilian career transition.

  • Providing ongoing mentoring, performance management and assistance to help these individuals advance their careers within our organization.

  • Offering the VALOR support network, our colleague resource group that is focused on helping veterans.

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“As a new generation of service men and women come home, we owe them every opportunity to live the American Dream that they helped to defend.”

David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies, CVS Health; U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

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Heroes2Careers also represents our investment in the CVS Health Talent Connect Center (TCC) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, an innovative employment and training facility dedicated to helping veterans, Guard and Reserve members and their families transition from military life to private sector civilian careers. The TCC is part of the Career Resource Center, which combines state-of-the-art technology with hands-on support to help veterans and their spouses throughout the human resources process, from writing a resume and conducting virtual interviews to speaking with leaders of various departments to learn about the many opportunities within the company.

Opportunities abound

Visit our Careers section for more information about the many career opportunities available to veterans and their spouses.

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myCVS Journey

CVS Health is a national leader in building partnerships that prepare youth for the world of work, school, and life success. At the core of this work is myCVS Journey Pathways to Health Care Careers, a nationally recognized program that introduces students of all ages to career opportunities in:

  • Pharmacy Services

  • Professional Management

  • Medical and Nursing

  • IT, Analytics, and Engineering

This STEM-enriched program is designed to engage young people (aged 5 to 24) in age-appropriate awareness, exploration, and preparation for health care careers. This school-to-career model begins in elementary grades and continues through high school with opportunities to learn about careers with CVS Health in pharmacy, professional management, nursing, and information technology. 


Building careers across the country

With more than 320 active youth partnerships across the country, we are able to provide:

  • On-the-job training and skills building

  • School-based career days

  • Work-based learning programs

  • Exploration of post-secondary educational opportunities

  • Interview training and resume assistance


Getting involved

School or community-based organization representatives
If you are a school or community-based organization representative interested in CVS Health’s myCVS Journey partnership opportunities for your students, please contact the Workforce Initiatives team to be connected with your local CVS Health representative.

Students
If you are interested in participating in the myCVS Journey program, please contact your school or community-based organization’s representative.

Download the myCVS Journey program brochure for more information.

Abilities In Abundance

Americans with disabilities make up nearly one-fifth of our total population, yet the unemployment rate among them is twice that of the U.S. overall rate. Unfortunately, the rates are even higher for women and minorities with disabilities.

To help these individuals find meaningful employment opportunities, we created the Abilities In Abundance program, which helps workers with disabilities access the security and prosperity that stable jobs can provide.

Skilled, productive workers with disabilities can be brought successfully into the workforce, and can make extraordinary contributions to our economy and our society. Abilities In Abundance works to break down the employment barriers people with disabilities face, such as limited access to skills training, and, too often, unfairly low expectations.

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The program, led by CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives team, has spent the past two decades developing relationships with vocational rehabilitation agencies, non-profit organizations, and schools to provide job coaching, mentoring, training and follow-up support.

These collaborations have resulted in highly successful skills development programs, job training, and placement opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as those with a visual impairment.

Abilities In Abundance programs continue to be recognized across the country, demonstrating that hiring people from diverse groups is not only the right thing to do, it makes good business sense. 

Contact the Workforce Initiatives team to learn more about Abilities In Abundance.

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Veterans

CVS Health recognizes the value of military service and knows that our veterans’ skills and experience are unparalleled. With millions of service members transitioning out of the military over the next few years, we’re committed to hiring qualified veterans, current Guard and Reserve members and military spouses across all parts of our business.

National partnerships

As part of our commitment to supporting our nation’s military, CVS Health is taking part in the Joining Forces initiative. This White House program asks companies to give service members and their families job opportunities and support.

Through this program, CVS Health has committed to hire veterans and military spouses for 25 percent of our new hires in logistics and distribution centers, which equates to roughly 1,000 jobs.


Colleague resources

With more than 200,000 colleagues across the country, CVS Health has many employees who are either veterans themselves or who are supporters of veterans. As a result, CVS Health established VALOR, a national colleague resource group. VALOR works to support veterans in our communities and create a veteran-welcoming work environment. 

The group’s goals are to support programs that honor veterans and their families and to make CVS Health an industry-recognized employer of veterans.


Company recognitions

In 2013 and 2014, CVS Health was recognized by DiversityInc as one of the Top 10 Companies for Veterans.

We also received the Pro Patria Award from the Rhode Island Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The Pro Patria Award is presented to one small, one large and one public sector employer in each state that has demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices.

In 2015, the Department of Defense announced that CVS Health is one of 15 recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers for support of employees who are National Guard and Reserve members.

CVS Health is proud to be recognized on the 2017 Military Friendly® Employer list, which is provided to service members and their families each year to help them discover the best post-military career opportunities available.

CVS Health celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act passing and its longstanding culture of inclusion

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Before the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was passed in 1990, people with disabilities faced challenges in employment, transportation and other areas critical to their everyday lives. The ADA was enacted to prohibit discrimination based on disability across the United States. This month, CVS Health celebrates the 30th anniversary of ADA, and the company’s abiding work to create opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities.

Fostering a culture of inclusion is a critical priority for CVS Health. The company has invested in its Workforce Initiatives and its highly successful Abilities in Abundance program, which breaks down the employment barriers people with disabilities face every day.

Over the last two decades, more than 55 Abilities in Abundance programs nationwide have helped thousands of people with disabilities find meaningful employment opportunities within CVS pharmacies and other CVS Health locations. In collaboration with the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers, schools and non-profits, individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to work closely with trained staff to gain experience in customer service, in-store and pharmacy technician positions. Through the program, each participant receives classroom and hands-on training in mock pharmacies, which provides a holistic view of daily responsibilities.

Inclusion is deeply rooted in CVS Health’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health and continues to permeate the company’s innovation strategy. Recently, CVS Health launched Spoken Rx™, a new feature of the CVS Pharmacy app that can read a specific type of label for patients with visual impairments and those who cannot read standard print labels. Spoken Rx is the first in-app prescription reader application to be developed by a national retail pharmacy.

Additionally, 2020 was the fourth consecutive year that CVS Health earned a top score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index (DEI). The DEI, which launched in 2015 as a joint initiative between Diversity:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities, is recognized as the most extensive disability inclusion assessment tool designed and embraced by both business leaders and disability advocates.

David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies & Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health, had the opportunity to speak at this year’s Annual Disability:IN Conference to underscore CVS Health’s inclusive workplace culture and the comprehensive work the company does to support and recruit individuals with disabilities.

“I believe our diversified workforce is the cornerstone of our business, and for CVS Health to thrive, we need different worldviews, races and ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities and ages,” said Casey. “As we move forward into the next decade of our Abilities in Abundance program and beyond, we’re continually looking at other ways to break down employment barriers that individuals with disabilities continue to face.” 

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Addressing systemic racism and inequality

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CVS Health is investing nearly $600 million over five years to advance employee, community and public policy initiatives that address inequality faced by the Black community and other disenfranchised communities. The company will also use its position to advocate for public policy that addresses the root causes of systemic inequalities and barriers, including efforts to address socioeconomic status, education, and access to health care.

“While we know that CVS Health alone cannot erase the toll that 400 years of institutionalized racism and discrimination has taken on the Black community, we recognize that we have a role to play in living up to the potential the future holds.”

— David Casey, Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health

CVS Health’s investment will focus on improving the employee experience, supporting communities the company serves and influencing public policy. The company’s nearly $600 million investment will build on its longstanding commitments to foster diversity in its workplace, including the following areas:

Colleagues and corporate culture

These investments will support the company’s commitment to ensuring that colleagues have fair and equitable access to opportunities for advancement and development at all levels, including senior-level positions. CVS Health will be working to ensure its mentoring, sponsorship and employee development programs support the advancement of employees, with a heightened focus on the experience of our Black colleagues. And the company will focus on corporate culture programs and company-wide training that promotes active and purposeful inclusion.

“The private sector must take action to get to the heart of institutional racism. As we learn from the perspectives of our Black colleagues and the diverse communities we serve, we’ll use that input to inform our advocacy agenda going forward.”

— Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health

Supplier diversity

Investments in CVS Health’s supplier diversity program will further the company’s focus on sourcing products from Black-owned and other diverse businesses by connecting, engaging, and networking with diverse suppliers, advocacy organizations, and corporate partners. The company will also continue working with national organizations to identify and develop diverse businesses. By working with business units across the company to integrate supplier diversity into procurement activities, CVS Health is able to continue to expand business opportunities for these diverse businesses. And as part of the company’s commitment to the Black community, it will create additional opportunities and development programs for its diverse suppliers. This work will build on the program’s success in creating jobs and increasing economic opportunities for the people and local businesses in the communities CVS Health serves. 

Workforce initiatives

Investments to bolster CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives will build on the company’s highly successful relationships to provide employment services and training to underserved communities. Through these programs, CVS Health works with local, state and federal workforce agencies to provide employment services and training to underserved communities. Through work with schools, universities, community colleges, faith-based and community organizations, these programs have helped thousands of people access meaningful employment opportunities.

“Our more than 300,000 employees are a microcosm of America, and a reflection of the diversity that is foundational to who we are as a country. The strategic agenda we’re laying out today will harness the strength of that diversity and focus on the areas where we can have the greatest impact.”

— Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health

Addressing health disparities

Health care is local. Addressing health disparities in the community is critical to addressing racial inequality, which is why CVS Health will expand its Project Health initiative and make other investments to increase access to health care. Project Health provides free health screening events at select CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide, focused within communities with large multicultural and uninsured populations. Project Health offers an array of free comprehensive health assessment screenings, including body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, which disproportionately impact Black people and other communities of color. The screening events also feature further information on weight management, diabetes resources, and smoking cessation programs. Increased investments in Project Health will strengthen CVS Health’s continued commitment to improve access to health care and help prevent cost from being a barrier to important preventive services.

Social determinants of health

Because studies have shown that your zip code can have as much impact on your health as your genetic code, CVS Health will focus on social determinants of health in Black and underserved communities. This work will have a particular emphasis on increasing access to affordable housing, which is inextricably linked to health. Since 1997, CVS Health and Aetna, a CVS Health company, have invested more than $1 billion in affordable housing and community initiatives. In 2019, the company invested $67 million in affordable housing across the country and the company plans to exceed that amount over the next five years to help address housing insecurities and promote community health improvement. Investments in affordable housing, as well as collaborations with community groups in these areas, help provide support to those who need it most.

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Focusing on solutions for CVS Pharmacy patients

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Saurabh Mistry’s personal motto is “Don’t focus on the obstacles, always focus and devote your energies on the solution.” It’s a mindset that was instilled in Mistry at an early age by his father while growing up in India and one that he tries to pass along to his team every day as a pharmacy manager at a CVS Pharmacy in Texas.

Mistry’s solutions-driven approach to his work is part of what earned him a 2019 Paragon Award, which recognizes the best-of-the-best among CVS Health colleagues who deliver direct care to patients and customers. Now in its 29th year, the Paragon Awards honor colleagues who embody the core values of CVS Health.

Giving back also drives much of Mistry’s work. Whether it’s returning to his home country to help his childhood community, going the extra mile to ensure his pharmacy patients are being prescribed the proper medications or proactively working to save his patients money, Mistry always strives to help others.

Watch above to learn more about the fulfillment Mistry gets from his work and why he’s always aiming to be the best and have the best team in place for his patients.

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Making a difference in the lives of CVS Pharmacy customers

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For CVS Pharmacy Training Store Manager Pablo Heredia, putting his store colleagues and customers first is a natural extension of the commitment he has for his family.

“I tell my team, ‘Most of our patients are people that you don’t know what they’re dealing with, you don’t know the pain they have,’” Heredia explains.

That empathetic perspective helped Heredia earn a 2019 Paragon Award, which recognizes the best-of-the-best among CVS Health colleagues who deliver direct care to patients and customers. Now in its 29th year, the Paragon Awards honor colleagues who embody the core values of CVS Health.

Whether it’s making sure every pharmacy patient knows about the Rx Savings Finder, or training to become a pharmacy technician, Heredia is dedicated to making sure that every customer gets the best care possible when they walk into his San Diego, California, store, and inspires his team to do the same.

Watch above to learn more about what motivates Heredia daily to make a difference in the lives of his store customers.

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