New Workforce Innovation and Talent Center opens in Cleveland

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Representatives from the CVS Health Workforce Initiatives team and the Centers for Families and Children cut the ribbon on the new Workforce Innovation and Talent Center in Cleveland.
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The Workforce Innovation and Talent Center includes a mock pharmacy where students will receive hands-on pharmacy technician training.
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Classroom space in the Workforce Innovation and Talent Center.
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The mock retail space is where students will practice skills needed for employment as retail associates.

A new CVS Health training center in Ohio is giving underserved populations in that area increased access to jobs in health care.

The new Workforce Innovation and Talent Center, which opened in Cleveland on June 25, is located in the headquarters of the Centers for Families and Children.

The center, which will host hands-on training programs for individuals looking for meaningful employment as pharmacy technicians and retail associates, includes classroom space, as well as a mock pharmacy and mock store.

“CVS Health is committed to helping underserved populations, including individuals with disabilities, mature workers, youth, veterans and dislocated workers,” said David Casey, Vice President for Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer. “By helping connect individuals with the job skills they need to gain stable employment, we are building healthier and more thriving communities across Ohio and the country.”

The new Workforce Innovation and Talent Center is one of five training centers of its kind across the country and one of 22 workforce programs that CVS Health operates with partners in the state of Ohio.

Our nationwide training centers and other programs administered by our Workforce Initiatives team are integral to our broader effort to attract, train, hire and retain colleagues that are representative of our large and diverse base of customers and patients.

At the new Workforce Innovation and Talent Center, the Center for Families and Children will work with CVS Health to place interested individuals into the appropriate training programs.

Those who enter the program will receive classroom and hands-on training in life and job skills such as training and customer service, stocking shelves and working at the cash register. The center is installed with real equipment and participants will work closely with trained staff to learn about the roles and responsibilities of front store and pharmacy technician positions.

Participants will also have access to support services offered by the Center for Families and Children, including health care and early childhood education, to help them be successful in their new careers.

Individuals who complete the program qualify to apply for a position at CVS Pharmacy.

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CVS Health Managers Honored with Patriot Awards

CVS Health Managers Honored with Patriot Awards
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Raja Ramasamy, accepts his Patriot Award from Phil Albert.
Raja Ramasamy, nominated by National Guardsman Travis Senseny (second from right) accepts his Patriot Award from RI ESGR Vice Chair Phil Albert, alongside David Casey, CVS Health Chief Diversity Officer (far right).
Greg Bach receives his Patriot Award.
Greg Bach receives his Patriot Award.
Charlene Wesley receives her Patriot Award.
Charlene Wesley receives her Patriot Award.
Alan Plantamura receives his Patriot Award.
Alan Plantamura receives his Patriot Award.

At CVS Health, part of being a military-friendly employer means supporting our citizen-warrior colleagues when they are called to service so they don’t have to worry about the work they are leaving behind.

Recently, four CVS Health managers were honored with Patriot Awards from the Rhode Island Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (RI ESGR) for their support of three colleagues serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

The Patriot Awards recognize individual supervisors who go above and beyond in their support of serving employees through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed. Recipients are nominated by employees or their spouses.

The award ceremony, which was hosted by the CVS Health Northeast VALOR Colleague Resource Group, took place at enterprise headquarters in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on May 16, 2019. David Casey, Vice President for Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, joined Phil Albert, Vice Chair of the RI ESGR, to present the awards, which were given to:

  • Greg Bach, nominated by Robert McDavid, active Army Reservist, for accommodating his schedule and even filling in for him on third shift, often handling stressful and critical tasks.
     
  • Alan Plantamura, nominated by Maulesh Trivedi, active Army Reservist, for his guidance and continued support of his drill schedule, often requiring weekday and week-long trainings.
     
  • Raja Ramasamy, nominated by Travis Senseny, active Army National Guardsman, for empowering a team culture that is supportive of his military career. As part of a Stryker Unit, the demands of Travis’ service often extend far beyond the typical two weeks a year and one weekend a month commitment.
     
  • Charlene Wesley, nominated by Robert McDavid, active Army Reservist, for accommodating his many drill dates, military education, and extended Army orders to support his unit in deployment.
     

Working to Be a Military-Friendly Employer

Our support for National Guard and Reserve members was recognized nationally in 2015 when CVS Health received Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers for outstanding support of employees who serve in these military forces.

More recently, in recognition of our ongoing efforts to train, hire and retain veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves, Military Times named CVS Health to its 2019 Best for Vets: Employers list.

Among our many programs and initiatives aimed at attracting veterans and active military to our workforce is our Talent Connect Center (TCC). Opened in 2017 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the TCC is an employment and training facility dedicated to helping veterans and their families transition from military life to private sector civilian careers.

Learn more about our commitment to veterans and military members on our Diversity page.

Raja Ramasamy, accepts his Patriot Award from Phil Albert.
Raja Ramasamy, nominated by National Guardsman Travis Senseny (second from right) accepts his Patriot Award from RI ESGR Vice Chair Phil Albert, alongside David Casey, CVS Health Chief Diversity Officer (far right).
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CVS Health Named a 2019 ‘Best for Vets’ Employer

CVS Health Named a 2019 ‘Best for Vets’ Employer
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Military Times has named CVS Health to its 2019 list of best companies for veterans seeking a civilian job. 

In its tenth year, the Best for Vets: Employers rankings evaluate companies’ culture, veteran recruiting, veteran policies, and accommodations for members of the National Guard and reserves.

In 2018, CVS Health hired more than 4,200 veterans and 1000 military spouses, with veterans making up 5 percent of our total workforce of nearly 300,000 employees nationwide. Many of these colleagues are brought into the company through one of our veteran-focused employment and training programs

This is the third year that CVS Health has been selected for this recognition. Rankings are made via a rigorous evaluation of data submitted by each company, and the Best for Vets lists, which include for-profit companies and government and nonprofit organizations, are considered a trusted resource for veterans looking to transition to civilian life. 

Nearly 200 companies competed for a spot in this year’s rankings. 

Our Commitment to Supporting Veterans

Recognizing the valuable skills that veterans and their spouses bring to the workforce, as well as the challenges that this population can sometimes face when transitioning into civilian life, CVS Health is dedicated to recruiting, hiring, training and retaining veterans to build a pipeline of workforce talent.

Through our partnership with the Department of Defense SkillBridge Initiative, we’re providing training and information on prospective job opportunities to transitioning service men and women on military bases in Virginia and Hawaii. 

And in July 2017, we opened the Talent Connect Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to guide veterans and their spouses through the opportunities available within CVS Health nationwide.

Beyond employment and training opportunities, we also support veterans through our partnership between MinuteClinic, our retail medical clinic, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to give veterans in select locations access high quality care and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries.

We provide charitable support to military and veteran-focused organizations, including the National Guard, Operation Reinvent and the USO. And colleagues can connect through the CVS Health Colleague Resource Group Valor, which is comprised of more than 500 members with a passion to serve those who have served our country.
 

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NYC Regional Learning Center Recognized for Customized Employment Efforts

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The NYC-based CVS Health Regional Learning Center team
CVS Health Workforce Initiatives team members accept the Customized Employment Award for their work to provide training and employment to people with disabilities through our Regional Learning Center in New York City.

CVS Health has been recognized by the Consortium for Customized Learning in New York City for our efforts to provide employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

The Customized Employment Award, given annually by the Consortium, in collaboration with the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, was presented to CVS Health by Commissioner Victor Calise at an awards ceremony on March 28.

The Consortium, a project of Job Path, Inc., connects New York City businesses to a network of nonprofit agencies engaged in providing training and employment for people with disabilities. The CVS Health Workforce Initiatives team works with four of those agencies — AHRC New York City, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Goodwill NYNJ), Cooke School & Institute and HeartShare Human Services of New York — to create customized training programs and work experiences for people with disabilities.

Additionally, AHRC NY and Goodwill NYNJ are two of several agencies and schools that utilize our New York City-based Regional Learning Center (RLC) mock store to provide customized hands-on training to people with disabilities, allowing them to learn in a less intimidating environment, at their own pace before entering into a work experience program in a retail setting.

Workforce in NYC: Our Ongoing Training and Employment Programs

Since 2017, more than 220 people with disabilities have completed a work experience program within our New York City-based mock store and CVS Pharmacy retail stores, where they learn skills such as customer service, stocking, working within a team setting and conflict resolution. Additionally, the opening of our Brooklyn Transition Center in 2017 has provided another 380 students with disabilities with mock store training opportunities.

The Customized Employment Award is one of several that our RLC in New York City has received recently for its programs. In 2018, CVS Health was named Employer of the Year by Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Goodwill NYNJ) for being a leader in the vision to create a world with no employment barriers for individuals with disabilities. And in 2017, the Regional Learning Center (RLC) team was recognized by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office for People With Disabilities with the Title 1 Sapolin Employment award. The award is given to employers in New York City that provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to obtain competitive employment.

The training and opportunities provided through our nationwide network of Regional Learning Centers are part of our Abilities In Abundance program, which helps workers with disabilities access the security and prosperity that stable jobs can provide. Led by our Workforce Initiatives team, Abilities In Abundance provides job coaching, mentoring, training and follow-up support.

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Strengthening Our Commitment to Ethical Sourcing Across Our Supply Chain

Strengthening Our Commitment to Ethical Sourcing Across Our Supply Chain
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Our purpose of helping people on their path to better health doesn’t just apply to our patients, customers and clients — it also means ensuring a safe working environment for not only our employees, but for our suppliers worldwide.

To demonstrate this commitment, CVS Health recently became the first health care retailer to join the Responsible Factory Initiative (RFI), an initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), the world's largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains. Through the partnership, RFI will provide a set of tools — including online classes in multiple languages — to our suppliers and factories to support continuous improvement of social, environmental and ethical conditions.

Part of CVS Health’s Ethical Sourcing and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program, the RFI trainings will assist our global suppliers and factories in addressing findings from their audits and facilitate the implementation of more robust internal management systems.  The training offerings focus on some of the most critical risks in supply chain manufacturing including: health and safety, chemical management, environmental sustainability, recognizing forced labor and corrective action planning.

The RFI was launched in 2018 to provide a unifying architecture for RBA factory-level tools and programs that meet the needs of suppliers and factories at varying levels of responsible sourcing program maturity. The RBA has been developing tools and programs for over 10 years to measure and improve workplace corporate social responsibility performance.

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CVS Health Investing in Long-Term and Sustainable Wage Increases and Benefits Enhancements Following the Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In a continuing commitment to investing in the growth and success of its employees, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced three major programs that will enable employees to share in the tax savings created by the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The improvements in employee wages and benefits, which are long-term and sustainable compensation investments, total $425 million annually and create continued growth opportunities for the company and its employees. The programs announced today include the following employee-focused investments:

  • CVS Health will increase the starting wage rate for hourly employees to $11 an hour, effective April 2018. As part of this change, the company also plans to adjust pay ranges and rates for many of its retail pharmacy technicians, front store associates and other hourly retail employees later in the year to ensure a competitive compensation structure that supports the company's plans to evolve its retail stores into a health care destination.
  • As part of ensuring access to affordable health care, CVS Health will not increase employee premiums for the 2018-2019 plan year. While medical and prescription costs have increased 5% year-over-year, CVS Health will absorb the entire increase for the 100,000 employees who have elected to enroll in the company-sponsored health plan.
  • The company is also creating a new paid parental leave program. Effective April 1, 2018, full-time employees who welcome a new child into their home can take up to four weeks away from work at 100% of their pay to ensure the newest addition to their family gets off to a strong start in life.

"As part of our ongoing commitment to the patients, customers and communities we serve, we said that we would invest our tax savings back into our business, and that's exactly what we're doing," said Larry Merlo, CVS Health president and CEO. "Today, we're building on the investments we've been making in our employees, in their wages, benefits and career development. It's our employees who drive our performance and we appreciate how hard they work every day to deliver on our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

As part of the company's fourth quarter 2017 earnings announcement this morning, CVS Health indicated that it anticipated spending the remaining tax benefit on investments in data analytics, care management solutions and store service offering pilots to improve health outcomes and lower costs for patients, as well as on debt reduction related to its planned acquisition of Aetna.

"We are also making additional, significant, infrastructure investments that will allow us to accelerate our long-term growth objectives," Merlo added.

As a leading health care company with more than 240,000 employees across the country, CVS Health has continued to invest in a wide range of benefits and programs that speak to the company's commitment to helping employees better manage their physical and financial health, as well as their work/life balance. The company offers a 401(k) plan that matches 100% of the first 5% of an employee's contribution toward their retirement savings as well as a sizeable company contribution at each pay period to a Health Savings Account to offset out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. In addition, more than 50% of the prescriptions filled by CVS employees and their family members are available at zero copay to the colleague. At the same time, the company's Strive Wellbeing program offers convenient, low- or no-cost benefits and activities that make it easier for employees to invest in their health, either at work or during their own free time. These include free flu-shots, smoking cessation and weight-management programs, health screenings, and physical fitness activity challenges.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,800 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health Corporation Announces Quarterly Dividend

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., March 14, 2018 – CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) today announced that its board of directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $0.50 (50 cents) per share on the corporation’s common stock. The dividend is payable on May 3, 2018, to holders of record on April 23, 2018.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,800 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health Teams Up with Job Corps to Enhance Workforce Development Opportunities for Aspiring Pharmacy Technicians

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In its continuing commitment to expand work-based learning and externship opportunities for students studying to become pharmacy technicians, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced a new collaboration with Job Corps, the largest free residential education and job training program for young adults. The participating Job Corps campuses, which are operated by Odle Management Group, LLC (Odle), include Long Beach Job Corps Center (Long Beach, CA), Old Dominion Job Corps Center (Monroe, VA), Pinellas County Job Corps Center (St. Petersburg, FL) and Tulsa Job Corps Center (Tulsa, OK), as well as a pilot program launching this summer at Pittsburgh Job Corps Center (Pittsburgh, PA).

"As the skills gap in the U.S. widens, CVS Health recognizes the important role externships, which offer on-the-job training with classroom instruction, play in building a pipeline of future skilled talent," said David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies, and Chief Diversity Officer. "By working with Job Corps, we are able to provide traditionally underserved groups with opportunities for employment at CVS Pharmacy, as well as help build a talented and diverse workforce for our company."

Through the new partnership, Job Corps will place students at local CVS Pharmacy locations to learn directly from CVS pharmacists and operations leaders. Students who successfully complete the training will be eligible to apply for a job at CVS Pharmacy.

"CVS Health and Odle have created an outstanding program for young people determined to prove themselves in the workforce while developing important career skills," said Earl Pomeroy, former member of Congress and National Job Corps Association Board Member. "Together, the two organizations are developing job training classes and on-the-job intern experiences specifically designed to provide life-changing career skills and opportunities to young people from communities with high unemployment and limited opportunities."

"By working with Job Corps to provide students with opportunities ranging from pharmaceutical retail to pharmacy technicians, underserved youth have a fighting chance to end intergenerational poverty and have careers with meaningful opportunities for advancement. This exciting undertaking represents Job Corps at its best," added Pomeroy.

Job Corps students that are approximately 75 percent through their career training are required to complete work-based learning or an externship with a local employer to gain work experience.

"The partnership with CVS Health is a natural fit for Odle and our participating Job Corps campuses," said Lisa Odle, President and CEO of Odle Management Group, LLC. "Both CVS and Odle have a shared and like-minded passion to educate young people and put them on a path to a successful career."

Over the past two decades, CVS Health and Job Corps have partnered on several workforce initiatives that have helped fill entry level roles with strong talent, with many individuals advancing to pharmacist and management positions within the company.

The expanded relationship with Job Corps is part of the myCVS Journey Pathways to Health Care Careers that introduces students of all ages to career opportunities in health care. The STEM-enriched program is designed to engage young people (aged 5-24) in age-appropriate awareness, exploration, and preparation for careers at CVS Health in pharmacy, professional management, nursing and information technology.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,800 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

About Job Corps

Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps is the nation's largest and most successful career technical training and education program for low-income young people ages 16 through 24. Job Corps provides services to more than 60,000 young people each year at 125 centers in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Job Corps, call (800) 733-JOBS or visit Job Corps online at www.jobcorps.gov.

About Odle Management Group, LLC

Odle Management Group, LLC is a woman- and minority-owned business, and an experienced workforce development provider. Odle manages the day-to-day operations of the eight Job Corps campuses across the country, and also operates campuses and outreach, admissions and placement services in California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Florida, Virginia and Texas. Job Corps center operations and support contracts are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor through a competitive bidding process.

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CVS Health Expands Commitment to Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

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Establishes SkillBridge training programs on military installations in Virginia and Hawaii

Company celebrates first anniversary of Fort Bragg employment and training facility

WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In its continuing commitment to hire our nation's veterans, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced the expansion of the company's participation in the Department of Defense SkillBridge Initiative, which helps service men and women transition from military life to private sector civilian careers, to new locations in Hampton Roads (Virginia) and Schofield Barracks (Hawaii). Active duty military at these bases can begin training with CVS Health within 180 days of their separation from military service.

"The U.S. Department of Defense estimates approximately 1,300 new veterans and their families return to civilian life every day, many of whom are looking for the opportunity to find meaningful employment after serving," said Lisa Bisaccia, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, CVS Health. "We're proud to be expanding our opportunities for transitioning veterans while also helping to build a pipeline of talent with the unparalleled skills and experience that veterans provide."

As part of the SkillBridge Initiative, transitioning service members are connected to a dedicated CVS Health colleague to learn about available job opportunities with the company and how their skills can translate to a meaningful career at CVS Health. Participants complete classroom curricula and a 12-week internship at a nearby CVS Pharmacy location and take part in a virtual job tryout to practice their interviewing skills. Following the completion of military service, veterans are eligible to apply for a position at any CVS Pharmacy across the country.

The announcement of the career skills training in Virginia and Hawaii coincides with the one year anniversary of the company's first training and employment facility in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The CVS Health Talent Connect Center, which opened in July 2017, combines hands-on support with state-of-the-art virtual reality technology to guide veterans and their spouses through the opportunities available within the company across the country. In one year, fifty percent of participants who have completed the curriculum and training program have been hired by CVS Health, with the majority of others using the skills they gained to find other employment.

Former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Jessica Johnson was the first Air Force transitioning veteran to graduate from the CVS Health Talent Connect Center and she is now a store manager-in-training at CVS Pharmacy in Winterville, North Carolina.

"The CVS Health Talent Connect Center gave me a plan for life after the military, with an opportunity to grow professionally," said Johnson. "I am able to apply my leadership techniques and my customer service skills, and I look forward to seeing where my career with CVS Health takes me."

CVS Health has established a legacy of recruiting, hiring, training and retaining veterans to build a pipeline of workforce talent. Since 2015, the company has hired almost 12,500 people with military experience and more than 3,400 military spouses.

"Through the Talent Connect Center and the SkillBridge Initiative, we gain access to an often over-looked pool of talent," said David Casey, VP, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health, who served as a U.S. Marine in Operation Desert Storm. "We're dedicated to providing veterans with a meaningful career after serving and the chance to help deliver on our company's purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

CVS Health has a long history of standing with those who serve our country, including active duty military, military retirees, veterans, National Guard, reservists, and their families. CVS Pharmacy has more than 150 stores within 20 miles of a major U.S. military installation, while 76 percent of the U.S. population lives within five miles of a CVS Pharmacy. CVS Health also supported the enactment of the VA Mission Act, which enhances veteran access to community care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and builds upon several successful programs CVS Health has implemented in coordination with the Department to increase veterans' access to health care services through walk-in care from qualifying community providers.

The company continues to deliver philanthropic support to military and veteran-focused organizations, including Fisher House, Operation Gratitude, Operation Homefront, ThanksUSA and the USO, while maintaining Valor, a colleague resource group comprised of over 500 employees with a passion to serve those who have served our country.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,800 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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Creating opportunities for people of all abilities

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Our Workforce Initiatives team is helping people with disabilities learn valuable workplace skills.
Graduates of the CVS Pharmacy training program at WWRC celebrate with CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives Mgr. Duane Rohr (far left); Chief Diversity Officer David Casey (third from left); and Workforce Initiatives Sr. Director Ernie Dupont (far right).

The need is clear: Americans with disabilities make up nearly one-fifth of our population. Yet the unemployment rate among them is twice that of the population overall. For women and minorities with disabilities, the rates are even higher.

CVS Health is committed to breaking down the employment barriers faced by people with disabilities, including limited access to skills training, and, too often, unfairly low expectations. That’s why our Workforce Initiatives team is working hard to provide people across our nation equal access to the security and prosperity that stable jobs and stable communities provide.

Over the past two decades, the team has developed relationships with vocational rehabilitation agencies, non-profits, and schools to provide job coaching, mentoring, training and follow-up support. These collaborations have yielded successful skills development programs, job training, and placement opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as visually impaired students.

“Innovation comes from cultivating a workforce that fosters creativity and inclusion and reflects the diversity of our customers and the communities we serve,” says CVS Health VP of Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer David Casey. “As a pharmacy innovation company, we know that skilled, productive workers with disabilities can be brought successfully into the workforce, where they can make powerful contributions to our economy and our society.”

David recently joined Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to celebrate one of our most recent examples of how CVS Health is pursuing innovative workforce strategies, a mock CVS Pharmacy store within the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC). The Center supports young people with disabilities and teaches them the retail and materials handling skills they need to gain meaningful employment, whether at CVS Pharmacy or another retailer.

Kayla Wayte, one of the first graduates of the program, has Asperger’s syndrome and says she has benefitted from the communications skills she built during her training. “It was my motivation in high school to get a real job, and [the program] really helped me be a good customer service person. Helping people in general is something I really, really love to do.”

In addition to our newest relationship with WWRC, CVS Health has partnered with dozens of other disability programs nationwide, including:  

  • Ken’s Krew

  • Michigan Commission for the Blind

  • Goodwill Industries

  • Workability1

  • California State Department of Rehabilitation

  • El Valor

Learn more about how our commitment to diversity is a part of everything we do at CVS Health.

Our Workforce Initiatives team is helping people with disabilities learn valuable workplace skills.
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