CVS Health increases access to flu vaccines in communities of need

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it is supporting a nearly $3 million commitment to increasing access to flu vaccines for underserved communities throughout the country. Through its Project Health initiative, CVS Health is contributing $2 million to the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) to help distribute flu vaccines to those who may otherwise not have access. Additionally, the company is working with Bank of America and General Motors to support increased access to flu vaccines in even more communities nationwide.

"Underserved communities have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, so supporting flu prevention in these communities is even more important," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, CVS Health. "Through our work with Free Clinics, and in teaming up with Bank of America and General Motors, we aim to expand our reach to individuals who may not otherwise have access to flu vaccines."

CVS Health's Project Health flu initiative will support free and charitable clinics in areas across the country, helping clinics increase capacity to provide flu vaccinations. Clinics in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas will receive support. These grants extend the mission of Project Health which aims to break down the barriers for people to access quality and affordable health care.

"We are grateful to CVS Health for their continued commitment to supporting the work of Free and Charitable Clinics which provide access to needed health care services to underserved communities throughout the country," said Nicole Lamoureux, NAFC President and CEO. "This program will allow clinics to distribute needed flu vaccines to people in their communities that otherwise might not have access to vaccinations."

In addition to contributing to the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, CVS Health is working with Bank of America and General Motors to reach even more individuals in these areas of significant need. Bank of America is funding vouchers for free flu vaccines, redeemable at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations in seven select cities: Boston, Detroit, Dallas, Jacksonville, Oklahoma City, Phoenix and Greater Washington, D.C. Additionally, General Motors is funding vouchers for free flu vaccines, redeemable at CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations in the Los Angeles area and across southern California.

"We are committed to working with the public and nonprofit sectors as one global community to address this health crisis and to provide the necessary resources to protect our most vulnerable populations," said Andrew Plepler, head of Environmental, Social and Governance at Bank of America. "Offering access to free flu prevention complements our other health-focused efforts including supplying PPE, supporting community-based testing and care, addressing food insecurity and providing access to mental health resources."

Flu prevention is critical during the COVID-19 pandemic so hospitals are not overwhelmed with cases of both COVID-19 and flu. And with seasonal flu outbreaks beginning as early as October and lasting as late as May, it is never too late to get a flu shot as it is the best defense against getting the flu. Getting a flu shot is one way to help protect individual health, especially for those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illnesses and people with certain chronic health conditions, like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

"We are proud to collaborate with CVS Health to increase access to flu vaccines for underserved communities in the Los Angeles area and across southern California," said Dr. Jeffery Hess, General Motors Chief Medical Director. "Now more than ever, it is important to be protected with a flu shot to help reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. So many communities are enduring multiple crises during this difficult time, and we are grateful to be able to provide this support."

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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CVS Health and CVS Health Foundation announce nearly $1.25 million to increase access to health care and address food insecurity in Ohio

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and the CVS Health Foundation today announced a total of nearly $1.25 million in grants to help underserved communities in Ohio increase access to food and health care. CVS Health will provide $1 million to free and charitable clinics in Ohio to increase access to telehealth services in coordination with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. The company will also work with Feeding America to provide nearly $100,000 in grants to local food banks across the State of Ohio to provide meal kits for seniors, school-aged children and those who have had to shelter in place as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Separately, the CVS Health Foundation will invest $150,000 over two years to support Cleveland Clinic and their full-service school-based health mobile unit.

"At a time when underserved communities are so badly strained by the ongoing health and economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for us to provide support to increase access to food and health care," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility, CVS Health and President, CVS Health Foundation. "Working with national leaders like the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Feeding America and Cleveland Clinic, we are bringing needed resources into local communities in Ohio to make a meaningful impact for those who are most in need."

CVS Health's $1 million in grants to free and charitable clinics in Ohio will help support expanded access to health care by implementing and expanding access to telehealth services for patients. Funds will help clinics add technology solutions, including software and hardware, increase training and staffing needs and secure internet services to support the practice of telemedicine.

CVS Health will also build on its relationship with Feeding America to invest nearly $100,000 to improve access to health and nutritious food for at-risk Ohio residents. Grants will be made to local food banks across the state.

The CVS Health Foundation, a private charitable organization created by CVS Health, will extend its support for the Cleveland Clinic's school-based health mobile unit, which travels to schools in Ohio, allowing clinicians to perform routine check-ups, vaccinations, health screenings, consultations, treatments for minor illnesses and injuries, and more. Even as schools have switched to virtual learning, the unit continues to be available to students to provide seamless and consistent care to patients who need it. The unit has also expanded telemedicine services to provide remote care during the pandemic. Support from the CVS Health Foundation will also increase access to adolescent health education, dental health and care for children's mental well-being.

This support for Ohio non-profits follows a $300,000 commitment from Aetna Better Health of Ohio, a CVS Health company, earlier this year to three organizations focused on expanding access to primary care services, improving the health status of at-risk communities and providing pregnant women and children with behavioral health support in the Buckeye State. That funding supported the Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus, Ohio Children's Alliance and Moms2B.

"As part of the CVS Health enterprise, Aetna Better Health of Ohio is able to build on a shared commitment across our company to supporting local communities," said Maureen Pero, Aetna Better Health executive. "Together we are able to make a significant impact supporting the health and well-being of families across Ohio."

In September, CVS Health also announced a $13.7 million investment to help renovate 230 low-income housing units at the Rosewind apartments in Columbus. The funds will also be used to make significant improvements to the local community center and support new community programs in the area.

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.

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 nonprofits 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.

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Vision care for those in need

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Aetna teams with nonprofit and local charity to offer vision care to over 275 children and adults at two-day clinic

From November 17 to 19, OneSight, a leading global vision care nonprofit, and North Fulton Community Charities, an organization that empowers North Atlanta, Georgia, residents through emergency assistance, partnered to offer free eye exams and glasses to over 275 children and adults. The three-day charitable clinic was sponsored by Aetna, a CVS Health company, which contributed $50,000.

The event addressed unresolved vision care needs for North Atlantans who may otherwise lack access. Leveraging OneSight’s proven clinic model and manufacturing capabilities, most participants in need of glasses received their newly prescribed eyewear on-site.

“Aetna is committed to extending care to all those who are in need,” said Aetna Market Leader Richard Weiss. “The opportunity to support an event with such a positive impact on the health of the Atlanta region was a natural one. It’s something we saw clearly.”

“NFCC is excited to partner with OneSight to connect families in the community to this impactful medical resource,” said NFCC Director of Assistance Carol Swan. “Vision care is essential, but also elusive for those who are financially vulnerable and can’t afford it. This is a great opportunity for our community, and we are proud to work with OneSight to help them realize it.”

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According to a study by OneSight and Deloitte, there are over 1 billion people around the world who need glasses but do not have access to get them.https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/operations/articles/global-vision-care-crisis.html Studies show that clear sight can dramatically impact learning, job performance and earning potential. Clear sight can help students learn up to twice as much in school and can help increase a worker’s productivity by 35 percent and enable them to earn 20 percent more.

“We’re so happy to have been able to support the North Atlanta community with vision care this week.” said Dawn Yager, OneSight Program Manager, “We appreciate the support from Aetna, North Fulton Community Charities, and so many volunteers and doctors to enable this vision clinic to happen.”

OneSight is a leading global nonprofit dedicated to creating a world where lack of access to vision care is no longer a barrier to human achievement and potential. From one-week charitable clinics to long-term self-sustaining vision centers, OneSight delivers quality eye exams and glasses to underserved populations globally. In 32 years, OneSight has served 10 million people in over 50 countries and has provided permanent vision care access to more than 35 million people.

Founded in 1983, North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) serves as a human services agency dedicated to building self-sufficiency and preventing homelessness and hunger for residents in North Fulton in the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park and Roswell. NFCC assists families with basic essentials such as food, rent and utilities, and clothing for short-term emergencies. Adult education classes ranging from GED Prep and English to Financial Literacy and OSHA Certification are offered at no cost to help create a path to self-sufficiency for their clients. NFCC serves close 10,000 individuals and 4,000 families each year at their facilities in Roswell, Georgia.

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Leading global vision nonprofit OneSight teams with Aetna to provide vision care to over 275 North Atlanta residents at Roswell Vision Clinic

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ATLANTA, Georgia — From November 17 to 19, OneSight, a leading global vision care nonprofit, and North Fulton Community Charities, an organization that empowers North Atlanta residents through emergency assistance, partnered to offer free eye exams and glasses to over 275 children and adults. The three-day charitable clinic was sponsored by Aetna, a CVS Health company, which contributed $50,000.

The event addressed unresolved vision care needs for North Atlantans who may otherwise lack access. Leveraging OneSight’s proven clinic model and manufacturing capabilities, most participants in need of glasses received their newly prescribed eyewear on-site.

“NFCC is excited to partner with OneSight to connect families in the community to this impactful medical resource,” said NFCC Director of Assistance Carol Swan. “Vision care is essential, but also elusive for those who are financially vulnerable and can’t afford it. This is a great opportunity for our community, and we are proud to work with OneSight to help them realize it.”

“Aetna is committed to extending care to all those who are in need,” said Aetna Market Leader Richard Weiss. “The opportunity to support an event with such a positive impact on the health of the Atlanta region was a natural one. It’s something we saw clearly.”

According to a study by OneSight and Deloitte, there are over 1 billion people around the world who need glasses but do not have access to get them.https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/operations/articles/global-vision-care-crisis.html Studies show that clear sight can dramatically impact learning, job performance and earning potential. Clear sight can help students learn up to twice as much in school and can help increase a worker’s productivity by 35 percent and enable them to earn 20 percent more.

“We’re so happy to have been able to support the North Atlanta community with vision care this week.” stated Dawn Yager, OneSight Program Manager, “We appreciate the support from Aetna, North Fulton Community Charities, and so many volunteers and doctors to enable this vision clinic to happen.”

About OneSight

OneSight is a leading global nonprofit dedicated to creating a world where lack of access to vision care is no longer a barrier to human achievement and potential. From one-week charitable clinics to long-term self-sustaining vision centers, OneSight delivers quality eye exams and glasses to underserved populations globally. In 32 years, OneSight has served 10 million people in 50+ countries and has provided permanent vision care access to more than 35 million people. Visit www.onesight.org.

About North Fulton Community Charities

Founded in 1983, North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) serves as a human services agency dedicated to building self-sufficiency and preventing homelessness and hunger for residents in North Fulton in the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park and Roswell. NFCC assists families with basic essentials such as food, rent and utilities, and clothing for short- term emergencies. Adult education classes ranging from GED Prep and English to Financial Literacy and OSHA Certification are offered at no cost to help create a path to self-sufficiency for their clients. NFCC serves close 10,000 individuals and 4,000 families each year at their facilities in Roswell, Georgia.

About Aetna

Aetna, a CVS Health business, serves an estimated 34 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, visit www.aetna.com and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.

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San José Clinic: Serving Houston for 98 years, and going strong

San José Clinic: Serving Houston for 98 years, and going strong
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The San José Clinic has been tucked into the middle of Houston for 98 years, serving more than 4,000 uninsured patients each year, with a small staff and a dedicated crew of volunteers. They are a shining example of how to build healthy communities.

For many residents of Harris County, getting sick can be a real financial crisis yet US News & World Report ranks Harris County among the top 30 counties in Texas for population health.

COVID-19 has exposed a lot of fault lines and disparities across the country, as well as some unforeseen strengths. With help from the CVS Health Foundation, the San José Clinic was quick to adapt — turning their pharmacy into a drive-thru, launching telehealth services, and more. In addition to the people featured in the video, our podcast (below) provides in-depth interviews with Maureen Sanders, President and CEO; Pharmacy Director Adlia Eibed; and Randall Flores, who spent a year with San José Clinic for his clinical pharmacy residency.

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CVS Health expands availability of resources to prevent opioid misuse amid pandemic

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Innovative prevention efforts aim to make an impact in a time of reduced personal contact

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced new and expanded programs to help prevent opioid misuse, which come as the pandemic has presented challenges to delivering traditional drug abuse prevention programs for young people. The company's newest initiative increases access to digital prevention education resources tailored for the current learning environment.

Working with Discovery Education, CVS Health has launched a suite of no-cost digital resources that empower educators to discuss the facts about prescription and illicit drug misuse with students in either a classroom or virtual learning setting. The standards-based curriculum, called Dose of Knowledge, features Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson and U.S. Women's National Soccer goalkeeper Adrianna Franch. The initiative builds on CVS Health's successful pharmacist-led prevention education program by incorporating the perspective of several CVS pharmacists.

"The pandemic has brought new complexities to the way in which prevention and treatment services are provided, but early intervention remains as important as ever," said Troyen Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. "Our work with Discovery Education accounts for the new definition of a 'classroom,' and delivers the same impactful resources to students regardless of their circumstances."

The CVS Health Foundation, a private charitable organization created by CVS Health, has also committed nearly $3 million in new grants to address opioid misuse and support treatment in local communities, including:

  • More than $1 million to the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics to support addiction treatment and other patient services in 17 states;

  • $1 million to America's Essential Hospitals to support office-based addiction treatment for more than 30 safety-net hospitals and facilitate a collaborative to share learnings with member hospitals;

  • $500,000 to Easterseals to support mental health and addiction recovery services for veterans; and

  • Nearly $100,000 to Young People In Recovery to create a digital life-skills curriculum to help young people rebuild their lives.

In addition to the impact these investments aim to have, a new report from the National Association of Community Health Centers is outlining the impact in this area of previous investments made by the CVS Health Foundation.

CVS Health is also building on its commitment to increase access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone, also known as Narcan. The medication has already been made available without an individual prescription, under a standing order or similar regulation, to CVS Pharmacy patients nationwide. Now, CVS Pharmacy is offering free delivery of naloxone nasal spray in all 30 states where regulations permit, as part of the company's free one- to two-day prescription delivery offering that was implemented shortly after the pandemic began.

On Saturday, October 24, CVS Health will participate in the Drug Enforcement Association's National Prescription Take Back Day, with events at select CVS Pharmacy locations. These events are just part of CVS Health's everyday efforts to reduce the availability of unneeded or unwanted controlled substances, which also include more than 2,800 CVS Pharmacy locations that offer permanent safe medication disposal kiosks. By the end of 2020, CVS Health will have installed more than 2,900 safe medication disposal units in CVS Pharmacy locations and donated more than 1,000 disposal units to local law enforcement. Together, these units have collected nearly two million pounds of unwanted medication, including opioids, removing these medications from homes where they could be diverted or abused. All CVS Pharmacy locations that do not offer in-store safe medication disposal units continue to offer no-cost DisposeRx drug disposal packets with all opioid first-fill prescriptions that can facilitate safe medication disposal at home.

About CVS Health

CVS Health employees are united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company. We're evolving based on changing consumer needs and meeting people where they are, whether that's in the community at one of our nearly 10,000 local touchpoints, in the home, or in the palm of their hand. Our newest offerings from HealthHUB locations that are redefining what a pharmacy can be, to innovative programs that help manage chronic conditions are designed to create a higher-quality, simpler and more affordable experience. Learn more about how we're transforming health at 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 nonprofits 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.

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Aetna Better Health donates $300,000 to Ohio nonprofits

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Contributions part of Aetna’s more than $1 million investment to support local Ohio communities

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Aetna Better Health of Ohio (ABH-OH), a part of the Aetna Medicaid organization and a CVS Health company, today announced it recently donated $300,000 to three Ohio nonprofits. The donations will help the organizations expand access to primary care services, improve the health status of at-risk communities and provide pregnant women and children with behavioral health support.

Throughout the past year, Aetna has invested more than $1 million to various nonprofit organizations across the state as part of a statewide effort to address social determinants of health and provide underserved communities with more options to access quality health care. Additionally, CVS Health recently announced a $13.7 million investment to help renovate 230 low-income housing units at the Rosewind apartments in Columbus. The funds will also be used to make significant improvements to the local community center and support new community programs in the area.

“Supporting our local communities is a core part of our mission to help individuals and families on their path to better health,” said Debra Bacon, Chief Operating Officer, Aetna Better Health. “The role of our nonprofit partners has never been more important, and we are committed to working together to develop solutions that will lead to increased access and improved health outcomes.”

Aetna Better Health of Ohio recently donated $100,000 to each of the following organizations across the state:

  • Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus (HCGC): With over 1.3 million Ohioans having limited or no access to primary care services, HCGC focuses on bringing key stakeholders together to improve the value of health care throughout the region. HCGC will use the contribution from ABH-OH to fund training and certification for 20 Community Health Workers.

  • Ohio Children’s Alliance (OCA): As a statewide child advocacy organization, the Alliance is committed to sustainably improving the delivery of services to children, young adults and families through policy advocacy, performance improvement and member support. The $100,000 donation will enable the Alliance-member behavioral health agencies across the state to implement same-day access for initial behavioral health assessments for children.

  • Moms2B: An innovative, proven, community-based pregnancy and parenting group program for low-income families, Columbus-based Moms2B aims to help women at high risk for infant mortality learn tools that will enable them to make healthier choices and deliver healthy, full-term infants. The $100,000 ABH-OH donation will help integrate mental health treatment and counseling as part of the Moms2B program, utilizing The Ohio State University Wexner Center’s Woman’s Behavioral Health Team.

“We greatly appreciate the continued support that Aetna Better Health of Ohio offers to our organization and clients,” said Carrie Baker, President & CEO, Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus. “This funding is vital to supporting the efforts of our dedicated staff who work tirelessly to provide medically underserved individuals with access to health care.” 

“We made a commitment as an organization that we would work to reduce wait times and improve access to mental health services for children and families,” said Mark Mecum, CEO of the Ohio Children’s Alliance. “Our new collaboration with Aetna Better Health of Ohio provides the resources we need to begin achieving this goal across all of Ohio.”

"This generous donation will enable us to provide behavioral health support and education services for expectant moms,” said Dr. Patricia Gabbe, Moms2B Founder and Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. "Through our collaborative efforts with Aetna Better Health of Ohio, we're working to improve infant mortality outcomes and enhance the quality of life for new moms and their babies." 

As of June 30, 2020, Aetna Better Health of Ohio has 275 employees in the state and serves approximately 26,000 Medicare-Medicaid (MMP) members.

About Aetna Medicaid

Aetna Medicaid Administrators LLC (Aetna Medicaid), a CVS Health business, has over 30 years of experience managing the care of the most medically vulnerable, using innovative approaches and a local presence in each market to achieve both successful health care results and effective cost outcomes. Aetna Medicaid has particular expertise serving high-need Medicaid members, including those who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Currently, Aetna Medicaid owns and/or administers Medicaid managed health care plans under the names of Aetna Better Health and other affiliate names. Together, these plans serve approximately 2.4 million people in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Texas. For more information, see www.aetnabetterhealth.com.

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Advance Practice Nurse and Physician Assistant schools

Our Advance Practice Nurse (APN) and Physician Assistant (PA) scholarship program is one way we are helping to mitigate the impact of the ongoing primary care physician shortage in the United States. With more Americans living longer and fewer primary care physicians, the demand for highly skilled nurse practitioners and physician assistants is only expected to increase. We’re proud to support the most promising family nurse practitioners and physician assistants of tomorrow by providing scholarships through the CVS Health Foundation to accredited Colleges of Nursing and Physician Assistants schools across the country.

Funds are distributed directly to qualified schools; scholarships are awarded to students through the institution’s internal scholarship process.

Institutions in the U.S. and Puerto Rico that are interested in applying must have Full Accreditation Status as recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).

Before submitting your application on behalf of your school, please review this important information regarding the process:

  • Organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax exempt 501(c)(3), are invited to apply. Certain public institutions, including some public colleges and universities, are not eligible for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), because the institution is not a separately incorporated entity, is an integral part of the state government, and may have certain regulatory powers similar to a governmental entity. Such institutions are eligible for grants from the CVS Health Foundation as long as grant funds are used for charitable purposes.

  • A copy of the IRS Determination Letter will be required every year in order to validate that your institution continues to be a public charity. Please refer to this IRS letter prior to submitting the application to ensure you answer the questions properly.

  • All applications to the CVS Health Foundation must be submitted online.

  • The CVS Health Foundation Advance Practice Nurse and Physician Assistant Scholarship will review only one proposal per organization per year. Only completed proposals will be given consideration.

  • Organizations will receive an email response to verify receipt of their application if requested. Click “yes” on the application where indicated and enter your email address to receive a receipt.

  • Students enrolled in an accredited nurse practitioner or physician assistants school are not eligible to apply online for a scholarship; this grant application process is for institutional use only. Students should inquire with their respective school's scholarship committee to determine the application process and timelines.

APRN and PA school scholarships applications are available to advance practice nurse or physician assistant schools only. Applications open annually in August and will be accepted through October.

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Pharmacists are among the most accessible and trusted members of the health care community. With more Americans living longer and taking more medications, the demand for these highly skilled professionals is only expected to increase. That’s why we’re proud to support the most promising pharmacists of tomorrow by providing scholarships through the CVS Health Foundation to pharmacy schools across the country. Funds are distributed directly to qualified schools; scholarships are awarded to students through the institution’s internal scholarship process.

Institutions in the U.S. and Puerto Rico that are interested in applying must have Full Accreditation Status or Candidate Accreditation Status as recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Before submitting your application, please review this important information regarding the process:

  • Organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax exempt 501(c)(3), are invited to apply. Certain public institutions, including some public colleges and universities, are not eligible for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), because the institution is not a separately incorporated entity, is an integral part of the state government, and may have certain regulatory powers similar to a governmental entity. Such institutions are eligible for grants from the CVS Health Foundation as long as grant funds are used for charitable purposes.

  • A copy of the IRS Determination Letter will be required every year in order to validate that your institution continues to be a public charity. Please refer to this IRS letter prior to submitting the application to ensure you answer the questions properly.

  • All applications to the CVS Health Foundation must be submitted online.

  • The CVS Health Foundation Pharmacy Scholarship will review only one proposal per organization per year. Only completed proposals will be given consideration.

  • Organizations will receive an email response to verify receipt of their application if requested. Click “yes” on the application where indicated and enter your email address to receive a receipt.

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CVS Health invests $13.7 million to renovate low-income housing, fund community programs in Columbus

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Investment in South Linden’s Rosewind community kicks-off the company’s nearly $600 million commitment to address racial inequality

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it will invest $13.7 million to help renovate 230 low-income housing units at the Rosewind apartments in Columbus, Ohio. These funds will also be used to make significant improvements to the local community center and support new community programs in the area.

The investment kicks-off the company’s commitment of nearly $600 million over five years to address racial inequality and social determinants of health in Black communities.  This commitment includes an emphasis on increasing access to affordable housing, which is inextricably linked to health.

“When people have access to high-quality, affordable housing, it puts them in a better position to improve their overall wellbeing, including taking care of their health or managing a chronic disease,” said David Casey, Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health. “One aspect of our commitment to address racial inequality is addressing social determinants of health – like housing – at the community level, which is where we can make a meaningful impact.” 

CVS Health will work with the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing on the project.  Through CVS Health’s investment, CMHA will spend $50,000 per unit in much-needed rehab and repairs. 
  
“The redevelopment of Rosewind is part of CMHA’s $250 million investment in affordable housing in 2020,” said CMHA President and CEO Charles Hillman. “Stable housing provides a solid foundation, but people also need access to health care, employment, training and other services to reach their fullest potential. We’re excited to collaborate with CVS Health to provide new opportunities for our residents and revitalize the Linden community.”
 
Within the Rosewind complex in the South Linden neighborhood of Columbus, 95% of residents are Black and have an average annual household income of less than $17,000.  Average life expectancy in South Linden is just under 70 years – more than seven years shorter than the average in all of Franklin County, which includes Columbus and certain neighboring communities.

“Housing and health care go hand-in-hand, and health outcomes are impacted by housing affordability and stability,” said Peg Moertl, President and CEO, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing. “We are pleased to be working with CVS Health and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority to provide quality housing, economic support, and educational training opportunities to those families and individuals facing challenges in the Linden community.”

The renovations, as well as new community programming funded by CVS Health, will provide comprehensive local support to residents, including the following new on-site programs:

  • Health and wellness programming through CMHA and the Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus to provide individuals with the best health care experience possible on-site;

  • On-site health screenings and COVID-19 testing to bring preventative health care services directly to the community, especially as the pandemic continues to expose health disparities among the Black population;

  • An educational cooking series with the nonprofit organization Local Matters, to increase access to fresh, nutritious foods and teach residents how to make healthy and tasty meals, which will improve their overall health outcomes;

  • Maternal programs – with 8.5 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in Franklin County and 25.7 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in South Linden, there will be a new program to support maternal health at Rosewind that will equip new and pregnant mothers with parenting resources; 

  • Community programs where individuals will have the opportunity to have an open dialogue about the root causes of systemic inequalities and barriers.

CVS Health will also establish a new program at Rosewind as part of its ongoing workforce initiatives to provide employment services and training to the Rosewind community, focused on empowerment and building local relationships that will help community members achieve meaningful employment opportunities. 

"Finding ways to encourage housing that is affordable to everyone is not just the right thing to do," said Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. "It helps the region remain competitive in attracting and retaining businesses."

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 each of the next five years to help address housing insecurities and promote community health improvement in Black communities. 

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