Originally published by CVS Health on September 18, 2017
CVS Health and Truth Initiative® have partnered to help end smoking and tobacco use at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and community colleges across the country with the goal of increasing the number of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.
The “truth × CVS Health Foundation” tobacco-free campus initiative is part of CVS Health’s Be The First campaign, the company’s five year, $50 million commitment to helping deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have set actionable and measurable goals for Be The First, including a doubling of the number of tobacco-free educational institutions in the United States.
While smoking rates among youth and young adults have fallen in recent decades, tobacco use remains a significant public health concern. Fewer than one-half of all HBCUs and fewer than one-third of all community colleges have 100 percent smoke-free policies in place.
Statistics show that nearly all smokers — 99 percent — begin using tobacco before age 27.
The Truth Initiative hosts awareness events on campuses and employs several community outreach managers responsible for connecting with schools across the country. Through support from the CVS Health Foundation, the Truth Initiative has provided funding to 106 grantees, including 42 HBCUs and 64 community colleges. At the end of 2017, a total of 61 colleges, including 18 HBCU grantees and 43 community college grantees, had successfully adopted 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policies.
We believe that we are uniquely positioned to address some of the health challenges communities across the U.S. face. To do so, the CVS Health Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) on a multi-year program, with grants awarded to free and charitable clinics nationwide to increase access to care, improve health outcomes and lower overall health care costs across the country in innovative and strategic ways. Since launching the partnership with NAFC, the CVS Health Foundation has delivered a total of more than $4.5 million in funding to free and charitable clinics across the country.
Grants awarded in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics have allowed grantees to increase operating hours and the number of patient visits, resulting in a decrease in the number of emergency room visits and improved patient compliance.
Our partnership with NAFC enables us to better identify and support free and charitable clinics that help to improve outcomes among patients with chronic conditions by offering a wide range of coordinated services, including screening, fitness classes, case management, and health education. Patients who benefit from these services are typically uninsured, underinsured, or otherwise unable to access a variety of health care services.
At CVS Health, our purpose of helping people on their path to better health guides everything that we do. We are committed to providing our patients, customers, clients and the communities they serve with the resources they need to achieve this. In 2012, the CVS Health Foundation launched a partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) on a multi-year program to award grants in support of the development of innovative, community-based programs that expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved populations and expand the focus on chronic disease and prescription drug abuse management and prevention. Since launching the partnership with NACHC, the CVS Health Foundation has delivered more than $5 million in funding to community health centers across the United States.
To address the growing public health change of opioid misuse and abuse, the CVS Health Foundation also turned to NACHC to help tackle the problem. Community health centers have a unique opportunity to address the opioid crisis and support drug abuse for patients in their communities. Through this partnership, grant opportunities are made available to community health centers that have established or plan to establish community-based care model for screening, identifying, engaging, and coordinating care for patients inappropriately using prescription medications and other substances. In addition to funding, grant recipients also receive access to free training, technical assistance, and coaching services, as well as the opportunity to tap into the collaborative power of health center teams and behavioral health integration experts.
Additionally, the CVS Health Foundation and NACHC convened a panel of experts to develop a protocol of best practices for community health centers on provider prescribing guidelines, medication-assisted treatment, behavioral health, and collaboration with other community organizations to treat and prevent prescription drug abuse among at-risk patients. These guidelines serve as a resource for community health centers receiving grants from this partnership to provide treatment for opioid addiction.
A CVS Health Foundation grant is helping the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center enhance their opioid abuse treatment programs.
Grant funding from the CVS Health Foundation helps the clinics serve those in need in their local communities.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women. That’s why CVS Health is proud to be the national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement to empower women to take charge of their heart health. We’re encouraging people across the country to make a donation to support heart health research and education. Donate today.
Five personal health numbers can help patients determine their risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. The tests to determine these numbers are simple, and the results provide patients with the information they need to take steps toward improving their health, especially their cardiovascular health.
MinuteClinic is a local and affordable community health resource for your heart health needs all year long. No appointment is necessary, and 50% of Americans live within 10 miles of a MinuteClinic. Find a MinuteClinic near you.
In celebration of American Heart Month you can make a date with your heart and get a no-cost heart health screening at MinuteClinic® during select Thursdays in February (February 6, February 13 and February 20).
Learn simple ways to help your heart stay healthy and reduce your risk.
CVS Health understands how important it is to attack cancer from every angle. That’s why we’ve pledged to raise a minimum of $10 million for the American Cancer Society® over three years. The money raised will fund breakthrough research with a focus on reducing smoking and tobacco use. Donate today.
The second annual campaign kicks off with in-store fundraising from August 4 through 24, 2019, giving CVS Pharmacy customers the opportunity to donate at the registers of 8,000 locations nationwide.
In addition to in-store fundraising, CVS Health and American Cancer Society are working together to identify opportunities along a patient’s cancer journey to increase access to health products and services along the way. CVS Health is also the official pharmacy retailer of American Cancer Society.
This year, CVS Pharmacy customers can also support the American Cancer Society by purchasing a Hallmark greeting card. For every Hallmark card purchased from August 4 through 24, $1 will go to the American Cancer Society, up to $50,000. Shoppers will also find an exclusive line of cards that Hallmark developed with the American Cancer Society to help people connect when they may not have the words.
The CVS Health Foundation and American Cancer Society partnered in 2016 to deliver more than $3.5 million in grants to 125 institutions of higher learning to help accelerate and expand the number of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free college and university campuses throughout the United States. The grants help institutions take a comprehensive approach to implement tobacco-free campus policies, including cessation, education and support services for students.
The partnership created the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative, part of Be The First, CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million initiative that supports education, advocacy, tobacco control and healthy behavior programming.
An in-store opportunity to honor and support family and friends affected by cancer.
Now more than ever, lung health is a critical concern. That’s why CVS Health is partnering with the American Lung Association (ALA) to support their new COVID-19 Action Initiative, which will increase access to the vaccine for those who need it most and expand detection tests and treatment therapies to defend against respiratory viruses.
COVID-19 can have a devastating impact on the lungs, leaving 36 million Americans living with lung disease at high risk.
Cough and shortness of breath are the two most common symptoms, and severe cases can lead to pneumonia or respiratory failure. We’re still learning about the disease and the potential for long-term impacts. Testing and a vaccine are key to ending the pandemic. The COVID-19 Action Initiative will build on the ALA’s extensive lung health experience and existing research network to help save more lives impacted by COVID-19, especially for those individuals most vulnerable to or hardest hit by the respiratory virus, including older adults, those living with a lung disease, and Black and Hispanic communities.
1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Currently, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, and that number is expected to grow to 14 million by 2050.
To show our support for all who are impacted by Alzheimer’s, including those living with the disease, their families and caregivers, we’ve committed to raising $10 million over the next three years for the Alzheimer’s Association.
This November, CVS Pharmacy customers can support the Alzheimer’s Association at CVS Pharmacy by rounding up their change at checkout. 100% of all donations will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. Customers can also support the Alzheimer’s Association through the purchase of World’s Finest Chocolate through December 24. CVS Pharmacy will donate 20% of proceeds to Alzheimer’s Association, up to $100,000.
Supporting people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers is more important now than ever. Dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk of COVID-19, and dementia caregivers may have limited access to support services.
We are also proud to serve as National Presenting Sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Together with the Alzheimer’s Association, we are inspiring our colleagues, customers, clients and patients to join the fight against this disease.
Learn more about our work to support Alzheimer’s, dementia and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at ALZ.org/CVS.
APHA, NACo and Healthy Places by Design to collaborate on capacity-building efforts to accelerate community change
WASHINGTON — The Aetna Foundation, together with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo), today announced the organizations selected to receive a grant as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to support communities that are changing the way they work together across sectors to reduce disparities in chronic disease outcomes. This grant program will award a total of $2 million to teams of organizations that will work together to change the food access and health care systems in their communities and engage community residents as leaders in their work.
"Access to health care and healthy food can significantly impact rates of chronic disease and other health outcomes, with average life spans varying by up to 20-30 years in communities that are just a few miles apart," said Aetna Foundation President Eileen Howard Boone. "We are proud to partner with APHA and NACo to support the work of the teams taking on the Healthiest and Cities & Counties Challenge to drive change and address these social determinants of health work that is now more important than ever, given the COVID-19 pandemic."
The Challenge teams will each receive $100,000 to implement multi-year projects to advance health equity in communities where individuals are disproportionately impacted by health disparities. In addition to the funding, Challenge teams will participate in one-on-one technical assistance provided by APHA and NACo and co-create a supportive peer-learning network led by Healthy Places by Design over the course of the two years.
The project teams are located in the following cities and counties:
Chula Vista, California
Tompkins County, New York
Collier County, Florida
Cumberland County, North Carolina
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Dougherty County, Georgia
Cumming/Forsyth County, Georgia
Perry County, Kentucky
Cambria County, Pennsylvania
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Paterson, New Jersey
Orange County, New York
Greenbrier County, West Virginia
Rochester, New York
Wheeling, West Virginia
"There is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving health equity," said APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD. "Successful, lasting change comes from cross-sector partnerships and engaging affected individuals and communities, which is why this challenge is so powerful. Together, communities in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge will be able to achieve enduring transformations to public health."
Added NACo President Mary Ann Borgeson, "Counties play an essential role in protecting, promoting and improving health in our communities across the country. The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge recognizes the positive impact of cross-sector partnerships and offers opportunities for counties to develop innovative approaches to meet residents' health needs."
The project teams intend to use what they learn over the next two years to produce models and resources that can inform work in other similarly sized cities and counties across the country. Challenge communities have proposed strategies including:
Increasing access points for purchasing fresh produce and receiving health care;
Leveraging local schools as partners;
Addressing barriers to transportation;
Building more equitable models for food procurement and distribution;
Increasing coordination and data-sharing across organizations;
Improving health care referral systems;
Developing community advisory boards; and
Informing local policies.
An expert review panel selected the teams following a rigorous review process, which looked at a variety of factors including: level of innovation of their proposed approaches; intended impacts on systems and policy change; and alignment of diverse partners around common priorities.
The Aetna Foundation, which first launched the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge in partnership with APHA and NACo in 2016, is an independent, charitable and philanthropic affiliate of CVS Health.
The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We are the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public's health.
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Sponsorship advances community health and wellness initiatives; CVS Health brand featured on team jersey and throughout club
BOYDS, Maryland — The Washington Spirit is proud to announce CVS Health as their new presenting and official health and wellness sponsor for the 2020 season.
The sponsorship reflects a shared goal of building healthier communities, with a focus on the health and wellness of women and underserved youth. CVS Health will be the presenting sponsor for all team youth community initiatives, which encompass discussions of healthy lifestyle as well as nutrition, mental resiliency, skills challenges and other activities.
The CVS Health brand will be featured on the front of the team jersey, around the club and during designated Spirit home games during the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. In addition, CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare® card holders will be eligible for discounts in the team store.
Spirit owner Steve Baldwin commented, “We are delighted about our new relationship with CVS Health as our Presenting Sponsor, Official Health Insurance Sponsor, and Official Pharmacy Sponsor. In addition to having the honor of wearing the CVS Health brand on the front of our jerseys, we are particularly proud of the work we will do with CVS Health in healthy lifestyle and nutrition, women's health, and with underprivileged kids in our community. I want to thank the entire team at CVS Health for joining with us.”
CVS Health is one of many businesses to join the Washington Spirit family in the 2019–2020 offseason. This growing group of sponsors, in collaboration with the Spirit, will help continue to grow the game of women’s soccer in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
“We are looking forward to our new sponsorship with the Washington Spirit, and have long been impressed with how the team inspires communities and neighborhoods across the region in a way that is distinctive in the world of sports. Our sponsorship is a powerful way to connect our brands and capabilities locally, with the customers we serve, the communities we support, and the colleagues we employ. The Washington Spirit and CVS Health are ideal teammates,” said Norman de Greve, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, CVS Health.
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The Washington Spirit is the professional women's soccer team based at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. Launched in 2012, the Spirit play in the National Women's Soccer League, the premier women's soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit WashingtonSpirit.com, follow the club on Twitter @WashSpirit and on Facebook at facebook.com/washingtonspirit.
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring players from around the world. The nine clubs are the Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, OL Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Utah Royals FC and Washington Spirit. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the United States Soccer Federation and the Canadian Soccer Association. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league’s official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.
Communities across the country are grappling with how to recover and rebuild during COVID-19, especially in traditionally underserved neighborhoods hit hard by the pandemic. As just one example, although African Americans make up 14 percent of the overall population in Michigan
We firmly believe that increasing the availability of COVID-19 testing and improving access — especially for those who need it most — is a crucial step toward recovery. Given our local presence in communities across the country, we are uniquely positioned to play a significant role in community-based testing efforts.
We are expanding access to testing in communities and neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19, even beyond the more than 1,200 testing sites we have available at CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across the country. To accomplish this we’ve partnered with national organizations such as the National Medical Association, local community groups including free and charitable clinics and community colleges, and state government and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Working with our community partners is an important part of our comprehensive testing strategy, as it allows us to tap into the network of a trusted organization with strong community ties,” said David Casey, Chief Diversity Officer, and Vice President, Workforce Strategies, for CVS Health. “Given our longstanding commitment to underserved communities, it only made sense to expand our testing efforts to the areas of greatest need and leverage our partners to help get the word out.”
These test sites are hosted by our community-based partners within their facilities, so they are familiar to and more easily accessible for nearby residents who may not have a personal vehicle or reliable transportation. All of our community-based test sites can accommodate patients arriving on foot, and appointments are made by phone, so patients do not need internet access. Signage is offered in English and Spanish, and testing is available to patients at all of our test sites at no cost.
At this time, we are planning to open ten community-based testing locations.
Our expanded testing efforts are just one example of CVS Health’s commitment to diverse communities, which also includes sponsoring free Project Health screenings in predominately Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx neighborhoods, workforce development programs that break down barriers to gainful employment, and supporting a variety of efforts that address Social Determinants of Health.
“Having seen the data that pointed to disparate impacts in Black and Brown communities, we knew we needed to do more when it comes to providing testing access,” said Casey. “Through our community testing sites, we are able to meet people where they are, bringing to life our company’s Purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”