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Healthy Conversations, Episode 2: COVID-19 Recovery

In this episode, Dr. Eric Topol of Scripps Research and Harvard’s Dr. Caroline Buckey, join our own Adam Pellegrini and Firdaus Bhathena to explore the cross-section of big data and virtual care.

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Providing access to food in Boston

During the pandemic, we’ve provided funding that has allowed Boston Medical Center to provide 
no-cost meals to more than 2,000 low-income individuals.

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The path to better health is not always a straight line and we recognize that there are many health-related challenges facing communities today. We strive to make the biggest impact possible, both through funding and by changing the way our company operates.

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Social determinants of health

We understand that the conditions where you live, learn and work shape your well-being. We’re working to provide you with resources to live a healthier life.

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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 to invest in affordable housing and expand no-cost preventive health screenings in Orlando

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Company will invest $8.7 million in Mercy Drive neighborhood and expand its Project Health program as part of its nearly $600 million commitment to address racial inequality

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it will invest in 116 units of affordable housing and expand its no-cost preventive health screening program to Orlando as part of the company's commitment of nearly $600 million over five years to address racial inequity and social determinants of health in Black communities.

"Increasing access to housing and services like preventive screenings put people in a better position to take care of their health or manage chronic disease," said David Casey, Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health. "As part of our commitment to address social justice and racial inequity, we're addressing social determinants of health like housing and access to health care at the community level, which is where we can make a meaningful and lasting impact."

CVS Health will invest $8.7 million to help build a new 116-unit affordable housing complex in the Mercy Drive neighborhood of Orlando, Florida. The Fairlawn Village development is part of the City of Orlando's Mercy Drive Vision Plan. Data compiled as part of that plan indicate approximately 83% of Mercy Road area residents identify as African American. Additionally, almost half of the area's households are below the poverty income threshold, with a median household income of $17,846. About 55% of area households pay greater than 30% of their income on housing.

The development will include three buildings, a community center, playgrounds, on-site laundry facilities and onsite management offices. All residents will have access to on-site supportive services including adult literacy, employment assistance and financial management programs. Of the 116 units, 20 will be designated as permanent supportive housing with casework services for people experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence, people with a disability or youth aging out of foster care. Local nonprofit Community Assisted and Supported Living, Inc., or CASL, will provide support to formerly homeless residents who move in to the supportive housing units.

"The City of Orlando is committed to ensuring that every person who lives in Orlando feels equally valued and has equal access to opportunity and this includes having equal access to safe, high quality housing they can afford," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "As part of the Mercy Drive Vision Plan, residents envisioned new housing to complement the existing neighborhood. We're grateful to the incredible partnership with Blue Sky Communities and the investment of CVS Health in the 116-unit Fairlawn Village which will be a thriving new community for our residents to call home."

Additionally, the company plans a 2021 expansion to Orlando of its no-cost preventive screening program, Project Health. This program offers free biometric screenings at CVS Pharmacy locations to help identify chronic conditions before they become life-threatening illnesses. Worth over $100 in value, screenings measure body mass index, blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol. The screenings can detect early risks for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

"As we expand Project Health to Orlando in 2021, we anticipate being able to reach thousands of people locally and provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in free medical services in the first year alone," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, CVS Health.

Following the screening, event participants receive an individual health access plan with suggestions related to clinical targets for screening measures as well as nutrition and fitness. Participants will have the opportunity to consult with CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners who can help explain the risks of certain measures from each screening, how to take the appropriate next steps with a provider. These clinicians can also provide smoking cessation counseling and diabetes resources, if appropriate.

The company will hold the Project Health events at select CVS Pharmacy locations in areas of greater Orlando with higher populations of uninsured and underinsured people, including locations nearby the Mercy Drive neighborhood.

As it works to address social determinants of health in the Orlando area, the company is also exploring opportunities to expand its national workforce initiatives program in greater Orlando to provide employment services and training to the community, focused on empowerment and building local relationships that will help community members achieve meaningful employment opportunities.

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.

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What women need to know about preeclampsia

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When Eleni Tsigas was expecting her first child, she had no known risk factors for preeclampsia — a serious disease in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure. She thought her headaches and swelling were normal pregnancy aches.  

By the time a soaring blood pressure sent Tsigas to the hospital, she had classic preeclampsia symptoms. Yet, it took eight hours to transfer her to a high-risk hospital. It was too late, and her daughter didn’t survive. 

Two decades later, Tsigas honors her daughter’s legacy by serving as CEO of the Preeclampsia Foundation, which educates patients, trains providers and researches causes and cures. As the preeclampsia rate has increased 25 percent in the U.S., public and private organizations like CVS Health have joined the fight. 

Today, preeclampsia affects up to 1 in 12 pregnancies. It’s a top cause of maternal death and infant harm, and creates lifelong risks for heart disease and hypertension, says Joanne Armstrong, M.D., head of Women's Health for CVS Health. “The prevention of preeclampsia is a wellness strategy for women for their entire lifetime,” she says.

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“Preeclampsia is a top cause of maternal death and infant harm,” says Joanne Armstrong, M.D., head of Women's Health for CVS Health.

Preeclampsia risk factors include prior history, pregnancy with twins or triplets, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease and autoimmune disorders. 

More U.S. women are also developing preeclampsia during the postpartum period, with 75 percent of related maternal deaths occurring after delivery. Because of health disparities, Black women are also three times more likely than white women to die from preeclampsia. 

Aetna, is using data analytics to tackle disparities. “By identifying and engaging patients at moments that matter during their health care journeys — such as before preeclampsia may arise for a high-risk mom-to-be — we can dramatically improve health care and even save lives,” says Daniel Knecht, M.D., vice president of Clinical Product for CVS Health.

High-risk members receive a prenatal care kit with educational materials, an appointment reminder card, and low-dose aspirin that can reduce the risk of developing preeclampsia. During the pandemic, high-risk women also receive digital blood pressure cuffs to support prenatal care visits from home. 

Tsigas says her story is but one of many, which is why she continues her search for answers. “This started off as a way to bring meaning to my daughter’s life and her death,” she says. “But it soon became apparent I was no longer doing this just for my own healing. I was doing this work because it needed to be done.” 

To learn more about the work CVS Health is doing to prevent preeclampsia, visit our page on "Creating safer pregnancies through preeclampsia prevention."

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Branches in Miami supports students and their families amid COVID-19

Branches in Miami supports students and their families amid COVID-19
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The coronavirus has touched all of our lives in one way or another. Children, in particular, are in an ongoing state of flux. Many classes in schools and colleges across the country have been upended. We did find an oasis in South Florida where an organization called Branches has been working diligently for over 25 years to serve the neighborhood’s youth and their families.

For the podcast (below) we spoke with executive director Brent McLaughlin and Kim Torres, Director of Student Services, and Branches partner Rosa Santiago — as well as students Kelson Baptiste, Vicshonda “Vicky” Bellany, and Melvin Amaya.

Aetna Better Health®, a Medicaid managed care plan in Florida, has a long-standing relationship with Branches as a community partner.

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National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

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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.


Increased access to care

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.

Learn more about how the Free and Charitable Clinics will be utilizing their grants to improve community health.