CVS Pharmacy introduces new app feature for reading “talking” prescription labels

CVS Pharmacy introduces new app feature for reading “talking” prescription labels
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New Spoken Rx feature in the CVS Pharmacy app is the result of a collaboration with the American Council of the Blind

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy announced that it has developed Spoken Rx, a new feature of the CVS Pharmacy app that can read a specific type of label for patients with visual impairments and those who cannot read standard print labels. Spoken Rx is the first in-app prescription reader application to be developed by a national retail pharmacy.

By the end of 2020, 1,500 CVS Pharmacy locations will be equipped to affix special RFID labels to prescription vials. When the RFID labels are scanned by Spoken Rx in the CVS Pharmacy app, which can be accessed by users using Siri or Google Assistant on their phones, prescription label information will be spoken out loud. This information, which is important for patient safety and adherence, currently includes patient name, medication name, dosage and directions and will be enhanced to include additional information over the months to come. Spoken Rx will be available in all CVS Pharmacy locations by the end of 2021.

Enrollment in the program is seamless and can be done either over the phone or in store where a pharmacist can ensure the patient's app is appropriately set up for the service. Spoken Rx is free to CVS Pharmacy patients and the app will read prescription label information aloud in either English or Spanish.

"The in-app feature gives patients more flexibility, providing the pertinent prescription information out loud wherever and whenever they need it," said Ryan Rumbarger, Senior Vice President, Store Operations at CVS Health. "Spoken Rx provides a more seamless experience to our patients who are visually impaired."

Today's announcement is the result of collaboration between CVS Pharmacy and the American Council of the Blind, which worked with CVS and tested the technology throughout its development.

"Spoken Rx is a positive step that offers same-day, access for prescriptions filled in CVS stores, allowing for a greater level of privacy, safety, and independence for blind and visually impaired customers of all ages," said Kim Charlson, immediate past president of the American Council of the Blind." We're pleased about this addition to the existing braille, audio, and large print accessible prescription label offerings provided by CVS Caremark and CVS.com."

For more information on Spoken Rx and a list of active stores please visit CVS.com/spokenrx

About CVS Health

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

About American Council of the Blind (ACB)

American Council of the Blind is a national consumer-based advocacy organization working on behalf of blind and visually impaired individuals throughout the country with members organized through seventy state and special interest affiliates. ACB is dedicated to improving the quality of life, equality of opportunity and independence of all people who have visual impairments. Their members and affiliated organizations have a long history of commitment to the advancement of policies and programs which will enhance independence for people who are blind and visually impaired. More information about ACB can be found by visiting www.acb.org.

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CVS Pharmacy
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American Council of the Blind
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kimcharlson@acb.org

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Joining forces to help save more lives affected by COVID-19

Now more than ever, lung health is a critical concern. That’s why CVS Health is partnering with the American Lung Association (ALA) to support their new COVID-19 Action Initiative, which will increase access to the vaccine for those who need it most and expand detection tests and treatment therapies to defend against respiratory viruses.

COVID-19 can have a devastating impact on the lungs, leaving 36 million Americans living with lung disease at high risk.

Cough and shortness of breath are the two most common symptoms, and severe cases can lead to pneumonia or respiratory failure. We’re still learning about the disease and the potential for long-term impacts. Testing and a vaccine are key to ending the pandemic. The COVID-19 Action Initiative will build on the ALA’s extensive lung health experience and existing research network to help save more lives impacted by COVID-19, especially for those individuals most vulnerable to or hardest hit by the respiratory virus, including older adults, those living with a lung disease, and Black and Hispanic communities.

From Sunday, June 21 through Saturday, July 18, CVS Pharmacy customers will have the opportunity to contribute to the ALA at the check-out or online. Donate today.

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CVS Health named ‘Presenting and Official Health and Wellness Sponsor’ for the Washington Spirit professional soccer team

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Sponsorship advances community health and wellness initiatives; CVS Health brand featured on team jersey and throughout club

BOYDS, Maryland — The Washington Spirit is proud to announce CVS Health as their new presenting and official health and wellness sponsor for the 2020 season.

The sponsorship reflects a shared goal of building healthier communities, with a focus on the health and wellness of women and underserved youth. CVS Health will be the presenting sponsor for all team youth community initiatives, which encompass discussions of healthy lifestyle as well as nutrition, mental resiliency, skills challenges and other activities.

The CVS Health brand will be featured on the front of the team jersey, around the club and during designated Spirit home games during the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. In addition, CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare® card holders will be eligible for discounts in the team store.

An unknown female player on the Washington Spirit (professional soccer team) models and wears the new team uniforms, which feature a CVS Health logo as part of CVS' sponsorship.

Spirit owner Steve Baldwin commented, “We are delighted about our new relationship with CVS Health as our Presenting Sponsor, Official Health Insurance Sponsor, and Official Pharmacy Sponsor. In addition to having the honor of wearing the CVS Health brand on the front of our jerseys, we are particularly proud of the work we will do with CVS Health in healthy lifestyle and nutrition, women's health, and with underprivileged kids in our community.  I want to thank the entire team at CVS Health for joining with us.”

CVS Health is one of many businesses to join the Washington Spirit family in the 2019–2020 offseason. This growing group of sponsors, in collaboration with the Spirit, will help continue to grow the game of women’s soccer in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

“We are looking forward to our new sponsorship with the Washington Spirit, and have long been impressed with how the team inspires communities and neighborhoods across the region in a way that is distinctive in the world of sports. Our sponsorship is a powerful way to connect our brands and capabilities locally, with the customers we serve, the communities we support, and the colleagues we employ. The Washington Spirit and CVS Health are ideal teammates,” said Norman de Greve, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, CVS Health. 

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 www.cvshealth.com.

About The Washington Spirit

The Washington Spirit is the professional women's soccer team based at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. Launched in 2012, the Spirit play in the National Women's Soccer League, the premier women's soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit WashingtonSpirit.com, follow the club on Twitter @WashSpirit and on Facebook at facebook.com/washingtonspirit.

About the National Women's Soccer League

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring players from around the world. The nine clubs are the Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, OL Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Utah Royals FC and Washington Spirit. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the United States Soccer Federation and the Canadian Soccer Association. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league’s official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.

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CVS Health and American Lung Association join forces to combat COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory viruses

CVS Health and American Lung Association join forces to combat COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory viruses
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In-store fundraising campaign will support new COVID-19 Action Initiative

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and the American Lung Association have launched a campaign at CVS Pharmacy locations to support the Lung Association's COVID-19 Action Initiative, which will expand COVID-19 research and fund the development of new vaccines, detection tests and treatment to defend against future respiratory viruses.

"Our customers have consistently responded with support and enthusiasm for our nonprofit relationships, and we certainly expect that to be the case with an organization whose work has never been more important," said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy and Chief Sustainability Officer for CVS Health. "This campaign will be available both in-store and online, giving customers a number of ways to get involved and support the critical efforts of the American Lung Association — an organization with which we've worked for a long time."

The Lung Association's COVID-19 Action Initiative funding will be used to expand its ongoing respiratory research program within the current studies of the Airways Clinical Research Centers Network as well as to create new research awards and grants to advance knowledge around this new lung disease and its terrible effects. The funding will also help enhance critical public health measures through education and advocacy and establish an advanced network of government, private industry and public health organizations to try to prevent future respiratory virus pandemics through access to vaccines and antivirals.

"For the more than 36 million people in the U.S. who live with a lung disease, as well as communities of color who are more vulnerable to complications from COVID-19, it is especially critical that we focus on reducing the spread and impact of deadly respiratory viruses," said Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. "CVS Health has been a committed partner to the American Lung Association, helping us address the most pressing lung health issues. This year is no different, as CVS Health has stepped forward as our lead sponsor for our COVID-19 Action Initiative."

The in-store fundraising campaign, which launched Sunday, June 21, will run at approximately 9,900 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide through Saturday, July 18. Throughout these four weeks, customers can donate to the American Lung Association's COVID-19 Action Initiative at the register and online at Lung.org/cvs.

"The technology updates we've made to allow contactless giving to this campaign at the point-of-sale complement many other innovations we've put in place during this pandemic to making shopping easier for our CVS Pharmacy customers," said Ryan Rumbarger, Senior Vice President, Retail Store Operations, CVS Pharmacy.

As the oldest voluntary health organization in the country, the American Lung Association pioneered the model of using education, advocacy and research to virtually eradicate tuberculosis in the United States. The organization is using those same principles to help address the pandemic by meeting the challenges of COVID-19 and future respiratory viruses.

About American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

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 www.cvshealth.com.

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Helping fill America’s food pantries

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Bags of food collected at the Hockomock area YMCA in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Heather once visited a food bank for her elderly neighbors. Now, she needs help feeding her family. She’s not alone.

Heather, a married mother of two, rolled down her car window, took a deep breath for courage and quietly asked the masked volunteer for an extra bag of free food.

Over the past few weeks, Heather picked up bags from the makeshift food bank at the Attleboro area Hockomock YMCA in Franklin, Massachusetts to deliver to her elderly neighbors. But today was different.

Heather was unexpectedly furloughed from her job due to COVID-19-related shutdowns — and now her own family needed help. As she took the bag full of food from the YMCA employee, she says relief spread though her body with the knowledge that her kids would have a healthy dinner that night.

“I was worried I would have to feed my kids boxed macaroni and cheese, but the bag was full of fruits and vegetables,” Heather says.

Heather’s experience with food insecurity is one of many playing out across America in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. According to an April 2020 survey from Feeding America, a national nonprofit organization with a network of more than 200 food banks and 60,000 partner organizations, an estimated 40% of people seeking donations were visiting a food bank for the first time in their life. Equally concerning: 95% of its food banks saw more people needing help compared to last year, with an average 70% increase in demand for food assistance.

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Attleboro, Massachusetts, Hockomock area YMCA Board Chairman Mary Clermont and President Ed Hurley load food. On a recent Wednesday, 780 bags were picked up.

Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy at CVS Health, says the crisis took America by surprise and created a need for basic food and necessities in a way the country has never experienced before.

Because nearly 60% of a person’s life expectancy is influenced by social determinants of health — such as food insecurity — CVS Health has made community health and wellness central to its corporate social responsibility. The company provided a $1 million donation to support community and employee needs amid the pandemic, including $250,000 to support Feeding America.

Food insecurities also create added COVID vulnerability for the country’s most at-risk citizens — those with fewer resources, chronic health conditions and less mobility. “Food and health are closely linked, making it essential for us to help those facing food insecurity,” says Boone. “We have supported organizations of all sizes to help address that need quickly and efficiently. We are really all in this together.”

For Heather, CVS Health’s commitment is life-changing.

For more information about CVS Health’s efforts to improve care across the nation, visit our News & Insights page and the CVS Health Impact Dashboard. To stay informed about the latest updates and innovations from CVS Health, register for content alerts and our Leaders in Care newsletter.

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Alzheimer’s Association

Help us build a future without Alzheimer’s.

Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.

Currently, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, and that number is expected to grow to 14 million by 2050. 

To show our support for all who are impacted by Alzheimer’s, including those living with the disease, their families and caregivers, we’ve committed to raising $10 million over the next three years for the Alzheimer’s Association.

All donations will provide care and support services to those affected, while advancing research toward treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure.

Learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia at www.alz.org.

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American Cancer Society and CVS Health Announce Second Annual Campaign to Fund Cancer Patient Services and Breakthrough Research

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In-store fundraiser is part of CVS Health’s three-year, $10 million commitment to helping attack cancer from every angle

ATLANTA, August 5, 2019 – The American Cancer Society, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer, announced today the launch of an in-store fundraising campaign at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country, as part of its national collaboration with CVS Health.  The funds raised will support cancer patient services programs, breakthrough research, and cancer prevention efforts, including tobacco control, the number one cause of cancer.

“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, some cases of which may have been preventable through increased access to early screenings and detection, education and breakthrough treatments,” said Kevin Hourican, president of CVS Pharmacy and executive vice president for CVS Health. “Through support of the American Cancer Society, our company and our customers are able to positively impact cancer outcomes, reduce the prevalence of tobacco-related cancer incidences and help more people on their path to better health.”

CVS Pharmacy customers can join in the company’s efforts and honor and support those affected by cancer by donating to the American Cancer Society at the register at 8,000 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide or online at cancer.org/cvsdonate from August 4–24, 2019. Funds raised will directly support the American Cancer Society's breakthrough cancer research, free rides to treatments, free lodging near hospitals and a 24/7 live cancer helpline, as well as build on the two organizations’ efforts to help more people lead tobacco-free lives.

“One in three people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives and the disease affects all of us in some way,” said Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer of the American Cancer Society. “That’s why our partnership with CVS Health is so important. Our combined ability to connect with people allows us to do more to attack cancer from every angle, including reducing tobacco use, the leading cause of cancer. CVS Health and their customers’ support allow the American Cancer Society to deliver critical patient first programs and breakthrough research. We deeply appreciate the generosity of this work and partnership.” 

This year, CVS Pharmacy customers can also support the American Cancer Society by purchasing a Hallmark greeting card. For every Hallmark card purchased from August 4–24, $1 will go to the American Cancer Society, up to $50,000. Shoppers will also find an exclusive line of cards that Hallmark developed with the American Cancer Society to help people connect when they may not have the words.

The American Cancer Society and CVS Health have partnered together since 2016 on several initiatives, including providing tobacco-control expertise and support to CVS Health’s Be The First initiative, a five-year, $50 million commitment to help deliver the first tobacco-free generation. To date, the CVS Health Foundation and the American Cancer Society have helped clear the air for more than 1.4 million students through grants that help colleges and universities advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. 

About American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org. The American Cancer Society does not endorse any product or service.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is the nation’s premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,900 retail locations, approximately 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 and expanding specialty pharmacy services. CVS Health also serves an estimated 38 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offerings and a leading standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. The Company believes its innovative health care 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 Launches Second Annual In-Store Campaign to Support Stand Up To Cancer's Groundbreaking Cancer Research

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Actress, director, producer and SU2C Ambassador Eva Longoria is featured in the in-store campaign running through November 28

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today announced the launch of its second annual in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) that supports innovative cancer research that will help get new therapies to patients quickly and save more lives. The in-store fundraising campaign, which features actress and SU2C Ambassador Eva Longoria, is part of a three-year, $10 million commitment by CVS Health to SU2C.

Now through November 28, CVS/pharmacy customers can support SU2C in stores nationwide by making a $1 or $3 donation at the register or by donating online at www.CVS.com/SU2C. Donations made during this campaign will support SU2C's collaborative cancer research model which supports "Dream Teams," and brings together scientists from different institutions and across multiple disciplines to work together to translate their research from the laboratory to the patient.

"We're so proud to collaborate with Stand Up To Cancer to positively impact people living with cancer," said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS/pharmacy. "Joining our colleagues and customers in supporting this groundbreaking research is a great extension of CVS Health's purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

The campaign will include in-store radio spots featuring Eva Longoria, which will remind shoppers that nearly 1.65 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, that there are more than 200 different types of cancer and that one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes.

"We are making progress in the fight to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors, but with more than 1,600 people in the U.S. dying from cancer each day, there is still a great deal more that needs to be done," said SU2C Co-founder Sue Schwartz. "We are incredibly grateful to CVS Health for giving people an easy way to make a donation to help advance our mission and remind everyone that it takes all of us to beat cancer."

In September, CVS Health and SU2C announced a print, radio and digital public service announcement campaign, entitled "It's Impossible to Beat Cancer Alone," aimed at bringing awareness to the importance of collaboration in the fight against cancer and to encourage the general public to learn more and get involved.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.su2c.org/together and to make a donation, please visit www.CVS.com/SU2C.

About Eva Longoria

Actor, director, producer, and activist Eva Longoria is founder of the Eva Longoria Foundation, Eva's Heroes, and spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer. The Golden Globe-nominated and SAG Award-winning actress stars in and executive produces the upcoming NBC comedy "Telenovela," is executive producer of Lifetime's "Devious Maids," the ESPN docu-series "Versus," and documentaries HARVEST, FOOD CHAINS, and OUR TIMES. She also recently filmed the feature film LOW RIDERS, opposite Academy Award-nominee Demian Bichir, slated for a 2016 release. A International Brand Ambassador for L'Oreal Paris, Longoria owns BESO restaurant, production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, two fragrances "EVA, by Eva Longoria" and "EVAmour," has a NY Times bestselling cookbook EVA's KITCHEN and recently launched a home collection with JCPenney, The Eva Longoria Home Collection.

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry's resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C's scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.standup2cancer.org

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,900 retail drugstores, more than 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, 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 Announces Strategic Partnerships with Two National Multicultural Nursing Associations

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --As part of an ongoing commitment to develop a diverse workforce that reflects the patients and communities it serves, CVS Health today announced strategic partnerships with two leading national organizations whose mission is to advance the multicultural nursing populations in the United States: the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN).

Through these newly formed alliances, CVS Health, the nation's largest pharmacy innovation company, will establish workforce development programs and strategies that facilitate multicultural talent acquisition to further develop the company's own diverse nursing populations through education, training and colleague engagement. With a unique continuum of health care products and services, CVS Health supports a broad nursing workforce that includes: Nurse Practitioners who see patients through the company's MinuteClinic network; Nurse Patient Care Specialists who serve the company's specialty patients; Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Nurses who provide in-home education and infused medication therapies; and Patient Education Nurses who deliver disease education and case management to patients over the phone.

Additionally, these partnerships will enable CVS Health to increase the number of internships and scholarships that the company extends to multicultural candidates.

"At CVS Health, we recognize the strong connection between a culturally diverse nursing workforce and the ability to provide quality, culturally competent patient care," saidDavid Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies, and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health. "We value the multicultural communities, customers and patients we serve and we look forward to working closely with NBNA and NAHN, as we continue to help bridge the current nursing shortage in the United States and enhance access to quality care to underserved populations."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than one million open positions for registered nurses across the country by 2022. Moreover, while U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that ethnic minority groups account for 37 percent of the U.S. population, industry research shows that nurses from minority backgrounds represent only 19 percent of the RN workforce, with African-American and Hispanic nurses representing 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

"CVS Health and NBNA share the common goal of supporting the development of African American nurses which is reflective of our nation's diversity," said Eric J. Williams, DNP, RN, CNE, President, NBNA. "This new partnership will allow our two organizations to work collaboratively to increase access to care and improve the health of the communities we serve."

"We're grateful to CVS Health for partnering with NAHN to help achieve our mission of improving the quality of health care for Hispanic consumers," said Celia Besore, Executive Director, NAHN. "We look forward to working together to provide equal access to educational, professional and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses in our country."

As one of the largest employers of pharmacists and nurse practitioners, CVS Health is committed to helping advance the education of talented students pursuing careers in the field. The CVS Health Foundation has provided scholarships to pharmacy students for many years and, in 2016, the Foundation will begin awarding funding to nursing and physician assistants schools to support the pipeline of much-needed nurse practitioners in local communities across the country.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,500 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, 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 to Host Third Annual In-Store Campaign to Support Innovative Cancer Research

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health, the nation's largest pharmacy innovation company, launched an in-store fundraising campaign today at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, that supports innovative cancer research that gets new therapies to patients quickly to save more lives.

Through October 1, CVS Pharmacy customers can support SU2C by making a $1, $3 or larger donation at the register at 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations or online at www.CVS.com/SU2C. The in-store fundraising campaign is part of a three-year, $10 million commitment by CVS Health to SU2C.

"With more than 1.6 million Americans diagnosed with cancer each year, we know many of our colleagues, customers and communities have been affected by this terrible disease," said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. "As part of our company's purpose of helping people on their path to better health, we're proud to support Stand Up To Cancer as they accelerate research and bring new therapies to patients."

Donations made during the campaign will support SU2C's collaborative cancer research model which helps bring new treatments to patients faster. SU2C's "Dream Teams" bring together scientists from different institutions and across multiple disciplines to work together to translate their research from the laboratory to the patient.

"Because of partners like CVS Health, we're able to make progress in increasing treatment options for patients and making advancements in the fight against cancer," said SU2C co-founder Sue Schwartz. "We're thankful for the support CVS Health has given to us over the past few years by giving its customers an easy way to make a donation and joining us in our mission of making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor."

CVS Pharmacy customers can also support SU2C through October 1, when they purchase Nicorette or NicoDerm CQ , which help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. For every box sold at CVS Pharmacy, GSK Consumer Healthcare will donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer, up to $100,000.*

"Teaming up with CVS Pharmacy is a natural fit for GSK Consumer Healthcare, as both companies look to help smokers rid their lives of cigarettes and become smoke-free," said James Masterson, Marketing Director at GSK Consumer Healthcare. "We are encouraging those interested in quitting to quit for a cause this month."

CVS Health is also a proud supporter of SU2C's fifth biennial televised fundraising special which will air on Friday, September 9. The Stand Up To Cancer telecast raises awareness and funds to support SU2C's translational research that can provide patients with new therapies to save lives now. One hundred percent of public monies pledged during the telecast support SU2C's cancer research programs.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.su2c.org and to make a donation, please visit www.CVS.com/SU2C.

*Promotion ends on 10/1/16 or at the $100,000 goal, whichever comes first. Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, 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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