20 U.S. cities and counties pledge to improve local systems and policies to advance health equity with $2 million in grants from the Aetna Foundation

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APHA, NACo and Healthy Places by Design to collaborate on capacity-building efforts to accelerate community change

WASHINGTON — The Aetna Foundation, together with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo), today announced the organizations selected to receive a grant as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to support communities that are changing the way they work together across sectors to reduce disparities in chronic disease outcomes. This grant program will award a total of $2 million to teams of organizations that will work together to change the food access and health care systems in their communities and engage community residents as leaders in their work.

"Access to health care and healthy food can significantly impact rates of chronic disease and other health outcomes, with average life spans varying by up to 20-30 years in communities that are just a few miles apart," said Aetna Foundation President Eileen Howard Boone. "We are proud to partner with APHA and NACo to support the work of the teams taking on the Healthiest and Cities & Counties Challenge to drive change and address these social determinants of health work that is now more important than ever, given the COVID-19 pandemic."

The Challenge teams will each receive $100,000 to implement multi-year projects to advance health equity in communities where individuals are disproportionately impacted by health disparities. In addition to the funding, Challenge teams will participate in one-on-one technical assistance provided by APHA and NACo and co-create a supportive peer-learning network led by Healthy Places by Design over the course of the two years.

The project teams are located in the following cities and counties:

  • Chula Vista, California

  • Tompkins County, New York

  • Collier County, Florida

  • Cumberland County, North Carolina

  • Deerfield Beach, Florida

  • Wilkes County, North Carolina

  • Dougherty County, Georgia

  • Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Cumming/Forsyth County, Georgia

  • Cleveland, Ohio

  • Perry County, Kentucky

  • Cambria County, Pennsylvania

  • New Brunswick, New Jersey

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Paterson, New Jersey

  • Kerrville, Texas

  • Orange County, New York

  • Greenbrier County, West Virginia

  • Rochester, New York

  • Wheeling, West Virginia

"There is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving health equity," said APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD. "Successful, lasting change comes from cross-sector partnerships and engaging affected individuals and communities, which is why this challenge is so powerful. Together, communities in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge will be able to achieve enduring transformations to public health."

Added NACo President Mary Ann Borgeson, "Counties play an essential role in protecting, promoting and improving health in our communities across the country. The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge recognizes the positive impact of cross-sector partnerships and offers opportunities for counties to develop innovative approaches to meet residents' health needs."

The project teams intend to use what they learn over the next two years to produce models and resources that can inform work in other similarly sized cities and counties across the country. Challenge communities have proposed strategies including:

  • Increasing access points for purchasing fresh produce and receiving health care;

  • Leveraging local schools as partners;

  • Addressing barriers to transportation;

  • Building more equitable models for food procurement and distribution;

  • Increasing coordination and data-sharing across organizations;

  • Improving health care referral systems;

  • Developing community advisory boards; and

  • Informing local policies.

An expert review panel selected the teams following a rigorous review process, which looked at a variety of factors including: level of innovation of their proposed approaches; intended impacts on systems and policy change; and alignment of diverse partners around common priorities.

The Aetna Foundation, which first launched the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge in partnership with APHA and NACo in 2016, is an independent, charitable and philanthropic affiliate of CVS Health.

The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We are the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public's health.

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Addressing food insecurity in local communities

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Families across the country are facing significant challenges as they work to keep people safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, for many families, these health concerns are coming hand-in-hand with an unfamiliar worry: food insecurity. Lost jobs, reduced incomes and loss of access to school lunches have left many struggling with having enough to eat. Across the country, local nonprofits are stepping up with expanded services and innovative approaches to meet the sudden surge of need in their communities — and CVS Health is joining them to help. CVS Health and The CVS Health Foundation have provided more than $900,000 to organizations in local communities working to provide food to vulnerable populations, especially school-aged children, seniors, and the uninsured.

A $250,000 grant to Feeding America supported efforts to pack and deploy emergency food boxes to high-need areas across the country, including Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New York and Washington. These boxes will help local food banks provide children, families, and seniors with the food and nutrition they need, even as the need for food assistance increases.

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Many other organizations have developed entirely new approaches to respond to the unique needs created by COVID-19 and CVS Health is proud to support this work in the communities we serve. In Kansas City, Missouri, Feed Northland Kids received a grant of $20,000 to develop Community Food Kits. With shelf-stable foods, these kits are provided to families through in-school pantries, which will help address food insecurity among school-age children. And in Austin, Texas, a $25,000 grant to the Central Texas Food Bank helped the organization shift to a drive-through model to allow clients to still receive food while ensuring safety for clients, staff, and volunteers. Safety is a top concern at many nonprofits; Community Servings in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, used a $15,000 grant to streamline operations and continue to distribute more than 2,000 food boxes in April, even without the assistance of the as many as 75 volunteers they previously relied on each day.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented need and continues to present unique challenges in meeting that need. At CVS Health, we’re proud to support the local organizations that are rising to the challenge to continue to feed their communities.

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Meeting the nutritional needs of at-risk populations

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People facing serious illnesses often have specific dietary needs to support their health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, those needs are compounded in many ways. CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation are working to support local nonprofit organizations across the country to address the challenges presented by the pandemic, with a particular emphasis on organizations helping people on their path to better health by meeting their unique nutritional needs. We have awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to support 13 community organizations across the country, providing medically-tailored meals for individuals with serious illnesses.

One such organization is God’s Love We Deliver in New York City, a community particularly hard-hit by the pandemic. Through a grant of $15,000, our support will help them continue to deliver their medically tailored meals directly to clients’ homes while accommodating the changing needs created by COVID-19. CVS Health also awarded $100,000 to the California Food is Medicine Coalition, repurposing a portion of its three-year, $40 million commitment to invest in California’s health care delivery system to respond to the pandemic. This grant will support six local sites across the state as they expand their meal services in response to the pandemic.

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“The grant from CVS Health enables the six California Food is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC) agencies to increase their services — delivering thousands of nutritious meals to low-income and medically fragile Californians who are sheltered in-place and at great risk of contracting COVID-19 and more vulnerable to complications and death,” said Ann Thrupp, Director of CalFIMC. “We greatly appreciate the support CVS Health has provided CalFIMC to help respond to urgent community food needs for highly vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Funding for these organizations, and others like them in highly impacted areas, meet a critical need. With the support of CVS Health, these local nonprofits will continue to navigate these challenges and ensure that nutritious food gets to the members of their communities who need it most.

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COVID-19 local community support

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COVID-19 Response Fund


Food boxes and/or nutritional support


Local community support


Medically tailored meals


Senior services and food boxes

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Supporting relief efforts in our local communities

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For years, our purpose of helping people on their path to better health has guided us and remains the North Star on our journey to transform health care. Today, our purpose is more important than ever, as we work to address the most critical public health challenge in our lifetime — the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many individuals and communities in need and we are finding meaningful ways to support our employees, patients, customers and partners nationally and in the communities we serve.

With investments of more than $50 million in philanthropic support through CVS Health and the CVS Health and Aetna Foundations, we have focused our efforts on supporting the needs of the most vulnerable populations: school-aged children and their families, frontline workers, seniors, those who are underinsured or uninsured and, of course, our own colleagues. Our comprehensive approach includes:

  • COVID-19 resource action funds: CVS Health is providing local support grants, working with key leaders and partners at the local level to identify priority areas and organizations who can help with community resiliency efforts.

  • Food insecurity investments: As a result of the pandemic, many are struggling to access basic needs, including food and personal hygiene products. CVS Health has made $1 million in investments to address food insecurity and other community needs by distributing much-needed funds to local shelters and food banks. In addition, we’re making nearly $40M in product donations to community organizations around the country.

  • Outreach to underserved communities of color: African Americans have higher rates of underlying health conditions and chronic disease and data show COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting this community. CVS Health has launched a multi-faceted public education and awareness campaign aimed at closing the gap on misinformation and lack of information in minority communities, tapping into communications and marketing channels to help increase access to relevant resources and ensure more members of this at-risk community are informed and able to access the care they need.

  • Increasing telehealth and at-home health services: With shelter-in-place orders throughout the country, access to health care remains an important concern for all populations, but in particular those who are underinsured or uninsured. In response, the CVS Health Foundation is investing $2 million to support telehealth and expand capacity for free health clinics and community health partners to make these services more available and reliable for patients.

  • Frontline support: From health care workers and first responders to essential retail colleagues keeping store operations running each day, the safety and security of those on the frontline is critical.

    • Support for health care workers: CVS Health and the Aetna and CVS Health Foundations are donating nearly $2 million to support health care and clinical professionals access much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and behavioral health services. Grants to Americares, the American Nurses Foundation and Direct Relief will support access to PPE for health care professionals, including those in free clinics and community health centers around the country. In addition, these grants and additional funding for the Crisis Text Line will support behavioral health and mental wellbeing for frontline workers.

  • Workplace and employee support: We have committed to dedicate $1 million in value of colleague volunteerism to address the crisis to support services including clinical work, behavioral health support and peer-to-peer counseling. We also made a commitment to match up to $2 million in employee, board member and business partner contributions to the CVS Health Employee Relief Fund, which will make grants of up to $1,000 available to employees to address qualifying emergency needs related to the pandemic.

Read the full list of our partners supporting communities in need.

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CVS Health supports COVID-19 relief efforts with nearly $1.5 million in grants to California nonprofits

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Funding will go toward expansion of telehealth services, online resources for first responders and medically tailored meals for vulnerable patients

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts it is re-purposing a portion of its three-year, $40 million commitment to invest in California's health care delivery system. Nearly $1.5 million in grants will immediately help four local nonprofit organizations expand access to telehealth services, address food insecurity among California’s most vulnerable populations and support the state’s paramedics and EMTs.

“Supporting local communities is part of our purpose of helping people on their path to better health,” said Kristen Miranda, California Market President for Aetna, a CVS Health company. “The role of our nonprofit partners has never been more important, which is why continued support is critical.”

CVS Health has allocated grants to the following organizations:

  • California Free and Charitable Clinics: These volunteer-driven clinics are all members of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and provide access to health care for the most vulnerable patients in California. CVS Health is funding $1,000,000 to support the expansion of telehealth services and support programs addressing food insecurity.

  • Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH): PBGH will use $350,000 of their initial $5.5 million grant from CVS Health to provide direct assistance to provider groups and practices to launch and expand telehealth services. Many of these providers are smaller independent practices and this work will allow them to better serve their patients under crisis-related constraints.

  • California Food is Medicine Coalition: This coalition of community-based nonprofit organizations provides medically tailored meals and support to low-income individuals facing a serious illness. CVS Health has provided $100,000 to the Coalition to fund immediate needs created by the pandemic.

  • California Paramedic Foundation: This paramedic-founded organization focuses on education, prevention and advancement within the EMS community. CVS Health has provided $15,000 to the organization, which will be directed to help digitize, automate and expand the Foundation’s online site to ensure California paramedics and EMTs have all available resources during COVID-19 medical disaster response.

“We are so grateful for the continued support that CVS Health offers to our organization, our Free and Charitable Clinics and in turn, our patients,” said Nicole Lamoureux, National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics President and CEO. “Our members in California are providing medically underserved people access to health care that is crucial especially during this pandemic to keep people healthy and out of the emergency departments, and this funding is vital to supporting their efforts.” 

“The grant enables the six California Food is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC) agencies to increase their services – delivering thousands of nutritious meals to low-income and medically fragile Californians who are sheltered in-place and at great risk of contracting COVID-19 and more vulnerable to complications and death,” said Ann Thrupp, Director of CalFIMC. “We greatly appreciate the support CVS Health has provided CalFIMC to help respond to urgent community food needs for highly vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Working with California nonprofit organizations to direct grants toward pandemic-related issues is just one of the many ways CVS Health is helping with COVID-19 relief efforts. For more information about how CVS Health is responding to the pandemic, please visit the frequently updated COVID-19 resource center.

About CVS Health

CVS Health employees are united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company in the world. 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 http://www.cvshealth.com.

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CVS Health & Northside Center Partner To Enhance Mental Health Clinic Program In New York City Schools

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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and New York City Councilperson Corey Johnson, Chair of the Council's Health Committee, join to announce four-year partnership to help Northside expand much-needed services in low-income neighborhoods

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York City Councilperson Corey Johnson and Northside Center for Child Development, today announced a new partnership with CVS Health to expand mental health clinics in public and charter schools across New York City. With a $200,000 corporate grant from CVS Health, the new partnership announced at P.S. 161 in Harlem one of several schools where the Northside Center operates satellite mental health clinics licensed by the Office of Mental Health will infuse $50,000annually to expand the mental health clinics' footprint and serve more children in New York City over the next four years.

Since 2010, Northside Center has operated mental health clinics in Harlem and the Bronx, currently serving over 300 students in 11 schools. By bringing these clinics directly into school environments, it allows Northside to meet students where they are, and more effectively serve children with a variety of emotional and mental health issues.

"We are incredibly grateful to partner with, and have the support of, an organization like CVS Health, who has made it their mission to provide individuals with the resources, access to treatment, and medicine they need," said Dr. Thelma Dye,Hilde L. Mosse Executive Director and CEO of Northside Center. "This partnership and funding allows us to continue to sustain and expand our mental health satellite clinics in New York City schools, giving us the opportunity to provide counseling and therapy for children from underserved communities, who may otherwise not get the treatment they need."

The partnership will help build upon Northside Center's demonstrated record of success in improving mental health and academic outcomes for children living in the city's most underserved communities. To date, the program has successfully reduced "no-show" rates to therapy sessions from 30 percent to less than 10 percent.

"Northside Center's historic commitment to New York City's children is unparalleled, and we are proud to support their life changing work," said David M. Denton, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, for CVS Health. "These clinics serve students who need the most help, but often have the least access to critical mental health services. We look forward to continuing to work with Northside Center and city officials to expand quality and affordable health care so more children living in poverty can lead healthy and fulfilling lives."

Northside currently operates 11 mental health clinics in public and charter schools in Harlem and the Bronx.

Northside Center and CVS Health most recently partnered in May 2016 to host a health fair in East Harlem, which featured information from community health providers, free health screenings and services, along with gift giveaways.

About the Northside Center

Northside Center for Child Development is a non-profit organization that provides early childhood education, behavioral health, and enrichment services to low-income children and families across the New York City for over 70 years. Northside was founded by pioneering psychologists Drs. Kenneth B. and Mamie Clark. The Clarks' groundbreaking research, including the black-white doll studies, were critical to the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which legally ended the segregation of public schools. Today, Northside Center provides children and families the support they need to overcome adversity and thrive. Their high-quality outcome-driven behavioral, mental health and education services propel struggling children away from the ill-effects of poverty and racism; toward a future limited only by the scope of their dreams.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 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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NAFC Grant Spotlight: Health Brigade

NAFC Grant Spotlight: Health Brigade
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CVS Health Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) on a multi-year program of awarding grants to increase access to care, improve health outcomes and lower overall health care costs across the country.

One of the 2018 grantees is Health Brigade, a Richmond, Virginia-based clinic that has been providing services to the community for nearly 50 years.

The Communities Served by Health Brigade

Health Brigade patients are typically uninsured or significantly underinsured and do not earn more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. In 2017, the clinic provided primary care services to more than 1,600 patients over the course of more than 5,700 visits. These included treatment for chronic illnesses, women’s health services, and preventive care.

Health Brigade is also committed to aiding marginalized populations, including people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and those who have recently been incarcerated. In 2017, the clinic connected with more than 18,500 individuals in these populations through various outreach activities.

As part of Health Brigade’s efforts to treat the “whole person,” the clinic has made efforts to increase the accessibility and quality of mental health services available to low-income patients. At the clinic, mental health and wellness patients have access to individual and group counseling, behavioral health services, smoking cessation services, and various specialty services.

Addressing the Health Care Needs of the “Whole Person”

To help balance access to health care and address the realities of poverty, Health Brigade has adopted a patient-centered health-care model for low-income adults, offering access to affordable, comprehensive health services. This model seeks to address the needs of the “whole person.” Primary care patients with both physical and mental health needs are treated by a multi-disciplinary team of primary care, mental health and public health providers who collaborate in real time to deliver care, educate patients and provide support services necessary to improve and maintain health.

How the CVS Health Grant Has Helped

The CVS Health Foundation grant given to Health Brigade is helping the clinic enhance access to and coordination of care by enabling the hiring of a medical social worker to join the integrated care team. The medical social worker assists patients in navigating health care and social service systems and links patients to crucial resources, such as safe housing, healthy foods, employment and transportation that can significantly influence a patient’s overall health and health behaviors. 

One Health Brigade Patient’s Story

Hope, a 47-year-old African American woman with three children and one grandchild, arrived at Health Brigade through a referral from a shelter for individuals who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence or human trafficking. At her initial appointment, Hope was afraid to be in the waiting room, particularly around men, and to disclose information about her past.

When the Health Brigade medical social worker met with Hope, she described years of abuse, homelessness, financial insecurity and toxic relationships. Hope hid from the outside world and came out of her home only for health care appointments. Over the course of an initial assessment that lasted more than an hour, it was discovered that Hope did not have access to food, housing, money or her needed prescriptions.

The medical social worker provided intensive case management for Hope for more than a year. Hope now receives disability, Medicaid and nutrition assistance. She is in an apartment with her daughter and is able to go out in public without fear. Since receiving Medicaid, Hope was linked to a therapist and a psychiatrist in the community and receives regular ongoing therapy. She no longer has to rely on free clinic services for her health and mental health care. For every patient like Hope who obtains stable services in the community, Health Brigade frees capacity for the many still needing aid. 

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Making Recovery Resources More Accessible with United Way

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Since 2007, the United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has operated a 2-1-1 hotline to help connect state residents with resources for assistance with housing, food, health care and more. Now, with help from the CVS Health Foundation, UWRI has added access to opioid misuse resources to that list. 

A 24/7 Connection to Resources

Communities in every state across the country, including Rhode Island, have been impacted by the opioid epidemic. To help increase access to treatment and recovery resources, the CVS Health Foundation awarded a grant of more than $50,000 to UWRI to expand its 2-1-1 capabilities to include services specifically for individuals struggling with opioid abuse.

“We hope to make it easier for patients, family members, and caregivers to find resources in our home state of Rhode Island,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation.

Funds from the CVS Health Foundation have enabled a partnership between UWRI and Anchor Recovery, a comprehensive substance abuse treatment organization. This partnership allows 2-1-1 call center specialists to connect callers with Anchor Recovery substance abuse counselors via three-way calling. The 2-1-1 service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

In addition to three-way calling capabilities with Anchor Recovery, UWRI has launched a web page with information and a list of resources that may be helpful to individuals struggling with opioid misuse. 2-1-1 call center specialists will receive specialized training to answer addiction-related calls and will be able to point callers in the direction of UWRI’s online list of resources and others. 

UWRI will also bring its mobile 2-1-1 Outreach RV to locations throughout the state, including visits to CVS Pharmacy stores, to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and to conduct free, confidential, in-person screenings. 

“The opioid epidemic has harmed Rhode Island families, damaged our communities, and destroyed lives. Now, more than ever, we must support our neighbors and help each other heal. Thanks to CVS Health, United Way’s 2-1-1 can help the community heal by helping those struggling with opioid addiction find the care they need,” said Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO of United Way Rhode Island. 

Our On-Going Efforts to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

Our support for UWRI is one of many steps we have taken to tackle the opioid epidemic, both nationally and in Rhode Island, where our company is headquartered

In September 2017, we announced a multi-pronged, enterprise-wide strategy that included enhanced support for addiction recovery programs and opioid utilization management criteria for prescriptions. More recently, at an event at the White House, we announced the expansion of two of our signature programs: our safe drug disposal program and Pharmacists Teach.

The CVS Health Foundation has also awarded grants to several community health centers and other nonprofits that are working on this public health challenge

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CVS Health Foundation $5 Million Community Health Investment Improves Access, Affordability

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --The CVS Health Foundation, a private foundation created by CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS), today announced 55 new grant recipients as part of its multi-year, $5 million commitment to increase access to health care in communities nationwide. The grants were awarded through the CVS Health Foundation's partnerships with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), the School-Based Health Alliance and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The Foundation is also announcing new data which illustrates that grants previously awarded through these partnerships are already making a measurable difference to meet community health needs.

"As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to addressing the need for more accessible, coordinated health care in our local communities," said Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation. "Through our partnership with leading community health organizations, we've been able to make meaningful progress toward improving care coordination, better managing chronic conditions and increasing access to care. We are excited to announce new grant recipients whose dedicated work will help us continue to support unique approaches and models needed to improve outcomes and lower health care costs."

Through its multi-year commitment, the Foundation has already supported nearly 150 community health organizations nationwide that share its purpose of helping people on their path to better health. New data from the results of these partnerships demonstrates this investment is already increasing access to affordable care, better coordinating care for patients and improving chronic disease management and prevention, including helping people quit smoking.

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. For example, the Lake County Free Clinic in Painesville, Ohio reduced their patient appointment wait time from 30 days to 19 days on average. For the first time in recent years, the Family Care Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri increased the number of patients it serves. And, Family Health Centers of San Diego designed the Students and Engaged Parents for Health program, which has already helped more than 600 students and their parents learn about healthy habits, nutrition and how to access local health and social services resources.

IMPROVED CARE COORDINATION

Working with grantees to better coordinate care can reduce health care costs and improve outcomes for patients. For example, in Massachusetts, the MetroWest Free Medical Program provided more intensive and coordinated health education to nearly 460 patients as well as follow-up care for 163 patients, which helped 92 percent of those follow-up patients improve their medication adherence. The St. Thomas Clinic in Franklin, Indiana, was able to improve compliance with hospital discharge instructions from 33 percent prior to the Coordinator of Care program, to 77 percent in 2014. And school-based health grant recipients have developed, maintained and strengthened more than 125 partnerships with community and service providers to help better serve youth with more complex needs. For example, Project Vida in El Paso, Texas has established partnerships with organizations such as Women's Health Center and Texas Tech University to offer their smoking cessation programs to teens and adults that are current clients of these organizations.

CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION

The Foundation's investment has helped patients manage and prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and asthma, helping them stay healthier and reduce avoidable health care expenses across the system. For example, at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic in Florida, 88 percent of new diabetic education patients showed improvement in a post-class evaluation, surpassing the program's improvement goal by 22 percent. In North Carolina, the Charlotte Community Health Clinic (CCHC) has strengthened the connection between the clinic and patients referred to the ER, resulting in patients using the emergency room 47 percent less than they did prior to becoming CCHC patients. And, 47 percent of patients of The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, Massachusetts who identify as smokers participated in a smoking cessation program.

2015 GRANT RECIPEINTS

The CVS Health Foundation also awarded new grants today as a continuation of these critical community health partnerships. Together with the School-Based Health Alliance and the "New Directions for School-Based Health Care" program, grantees will expand access to medical care, support innovative technology use and provide smoking cessation programs. Grants awarded in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics will focus on providing primary care services to underserved populations. And, grants awarded in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centersand the "Innovations in Community Health" program will support the development of innovative, community-based programs that focus on the treatment and management of chronic illnesses. This year, NACHC is also celebrating 50 years since the establishment of America's first community health centers and their successin expanding access to quality and affordable primary and preventive health care services to millions of uninsured and medically underserved people nationwide. New 2015 grant recipients follow here.

ARIZONA
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
St. Vincent de Paul Virginia G. Piper Medical & Dental Clinic (Phoenix, AZ), in support of a dental program for adults that will identify patients with, or at risk for, diabetes

CALIFORNIA
School-Based Health Alliance
Family Health Centers of San Diego (San Diego, CA), in support of a program focused on youth and adult health education

National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Westminster Free Clinic (Oak Park, CA), in support of a chronic disease management and education program that treats patients with hypertension, heart disease and type 2 diabetes

South Bay Community Free Clinic and California State University San Marcos School of Nursing Student Healthcare Project (San Diego, CA), in support of a new clinic that provides health care services to individuals who would not receive care otherwise

Free Clinic of Simi Valley (Simi Valley, CA), in support of an "Ask a Nurse" program that allows access and coordination of care through a telephone triage nurse who provides consultations, education and emotional support

National Association of Community Health Centers
LifeLong Medical Care (Berkeley, CA), in support of a diabetes panel management program

Northeast Valley Health Corporation (San Fernando, CA), in support of an innovative program that treats patients with asthma

CONNECTICUT
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Malta House of Care, Inc. (Hartford, CT), in support of a health care program that helps diagnose chronic illnesses and helps educate patients about disease prevention

National Association of Community Health Centers
First Choice Health Centers, Inc. (East Hartford, CT), in support of a diabetes management initiative specifically targeting patients who are non-adherent to their protocol and are high-risk

Cornell Scott Hill-Health Center (New Haven, CT), in support of a program to lower diabetes A1c scores in the 503 center patients who have a value of 9 percent or higher

FLORIDA
School-Based Health Alliance
Florida: Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative of the University of Miami (Miami, FL), in support of a program to expand care coordination and patient engagement

Health Choice Network of Florida, Inc. (Miami, FL), in support of enabling staff to work with more students and connect them to additional resources

National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Clearwater Free Clinic (Clearwater, FL), in support of a medication distribution program for underserved populations

Community Health Center of West Palm Beach (West Palm Beach, FL), in support of a chronic disease management clinic that is helping to improve health outcomes for the underserved population

ILLINOIS
School-Based Health Alliance
Erie Family Health Center (Chicago, IL), in support of a program focused on care coordination and increasing students' access to health care providers and services

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (Chicago, IL), in support of a mental health outreach and intervention program

National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Avicenna Community Health Center (Champaign, IL), in support of its community-based approach to expand its resources and health care services to the underserved community

Community Health Care Clinic (Normal, IL), in support of services that will improve health care access for the homeless, including providing primary care

INDIANA
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Bridges to Health (Marion, IN), in support of a pilot program that will provide care for patients living with diabetes and cardiac disease

MASSACHUSETTS
National Association of Community Health Centers
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (Brockton, MA), in support of a patient self-management program for diabetes and hypertension patients

MICHIGAN
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Catherine's Health Center (Grand Rapids, MI), in support of a program to increase primary care access for the underserved in the Grand Rapids community

Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic (Pontiac, MI), in support of the implementation of the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program, which will help prevent type 2 diabetes among at-risk populations

National Association of Community Health Centers
Baldwin Family Health Care (Baldwin, MI), in support of providing quality, integrated and comprehensive health care services that are accessible to all

NEVADA
National Association of Community Health Centers
Northern Nevada HOPES (Reno, NV), in support of the implementation of a Diabetes Population Management program designed to improve health outcomes in patients with diabetes

NEW YORK
School-Based Health Alliance
New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Center for Community Health and Education (NYP CCHE) (New York, NY), in support of data programming and the management of electronic medical records

Sisters of Charity Hospital (Buffalo, NY), in support of a program to teach health care practitioners coding to help meet patient needs

National Association of Community Health Centers
The Chautauqua Center (Dunkirk, NY), in support of a chronic disease management program for current and future clinic patients

NORTH CAROLINA
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
The Caring Community Clinic (Jacksonville, NC), in support of the transition to a full-service free clinic that will provide the community with access to health care services focused on chronic disease management

Scotland Community Health Clinic (Laurinburg, NC), in support of a program that focuses on patients who are at risk for diabetes

Community Care Clinic of Rowan County (Salisbury, NC), in support of a diabetes management and smoking cessation program

OHIO
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
OPEN M Summit County Free Clinic (Akron, OH), in support of a nutrition education program that will teach patients the essentials to good health

Physicians CareConnection (Columbus, OH), in support of a new technology platform that will improve efficiencies and enhance workflow in order to better serve patient needs

Lorain County Free Clinic (Lorain, OH), in support of a medical services program that will continue to mobilize, coordinate and sustain health care access to the uninsured

Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center (Steubenville, OH), in support of a diabetes education program that provides screenings to current and new patients who have symptoms of diabetes

PENNSYLVANIA
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
The Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured (Scranton, PA), in support of the implementation of an electronic medical records program and expansion of counseling and physical therapy services

RHODE ISLAND
School-Based Health Alliance
Thundermist Health Center (Woonsocket, RI), in support of program focused on absenteeism, high-risk and disciplinary action

SOUTH CAROLINA
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Anderson Free Clinic (Anderson, SC), in support of a new initiative focused on coordinated care for the underserved population

Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County (Camden, SC), in support of health care models focused on tracking methods for medication adherence and health outcomes

Good Samaritan Medical Clinic, Inc. (Chester, SC), in support of the expansion of a women's health program that will serve approximately 400 women who qualify for OB\GYN health care services

Clinica Gratis of Community Initiatives, Inc. (Greenwood, SC), in support of a project that will increase access to primary care services for uninsured patients

Smith Medical Clinic, Inc. (Pawleys Island, SC), in support of a pilot program that will measure the impact that one-on-one medical care can have on health outcomes in patients living with two or more chronic diseases

National Association of Community Health Centers
Fetter Health Care Network (Charleston, SC), in support of a telehealth program for patients with diabetes

TEXAS
School-Based Health Alliance
Project Vida (El Paso, TX), in support of smoking cessation programs for youth and adults that help them lead tobacco-free lives

National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Lone Star Association of Charitable Clinics (Austin, TX), in support of a statewide training program to bring evidence-based diabetes education models to charitable clinics throughout Texas

Dr. James Gabbard Memorial Health Clinic (Corpus Christi, TX), in support of a smoking cessation study that will utilize best practice methods and counseling strategies to help people lead tobacco-free lives

Cornerstone Charitable Clinic (Fort Worth, TX), in support of an innovative diabetic educational program that will target at-risk populations

Mission Travis Mercy Clinic (Fort Worth, TX), in support of a comprehensive program that will assist patients in the prevention of heart disease

South County Community Clinic, dba Interfaith Community Clinic (Oak Ridge North, TX), in support of medical, dental and education programs that help improve the overall health and well-being of patients

Get Up Project (Round Rock, TX), in support of a women's health program that will increase the number of screenings that detect cervical cancer and breast cancer

I Care San Antonio (San Antonio, TX), in support of the expansion of a diabetic outreach vision program

VIRGINIA
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Chesapeake Care, Inc. (Chesapeake, VA), in support of a multidisciplinary effort to help improve health outcomes for patients living with diabetes

Center for High Blood Pressure (Chesterfield, VA), in support of the expansion of health care services including a diabetes prevention program

Free Clinic of Central Virginia (Lynchburg, VA), in support of health care services for patients living with chronic disease and COPD

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry (Richmond, VA), in support of newly-implemented quality improvement initiatives that will help ensure continued access to high-quality health care services for the uninsured

Health Wagon (Wise, VA), in support of a program designed to treat, prevent, and manage cardiovascular disease

About CVS Health
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Erin.Britt@cvscaremark.com

Eva Pereira, for CVS Health
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