CVS Health Foundation announces $1 million new grants to 49 Free and Charitable Clinics across the country

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its ongoing effort to making quality health care convenient and affordable for more Americans, the CVS Health Foundation, a private charitable organization created by CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today (March 1, 2018) extended its commitment to the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) with $1 million in new grants to 49 Free and Charitable Clinics across the country. The new grants will focus on improving health outcomes for patients managing chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

“The rising cost of health care can make finding quality and affordable care harder to come by for many Americans,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “Through our support of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, we’re able to increase access to quality care, improve chronic disease management and care coordination to help improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable patients and reduce health care costs in the communities we serve.”

The new funds, which bring the Foundation’s total contribution to NAFC to more than $4.5 million since 2015, will support increased access to quality care, as well as chronic disease management and prevention services. Grants, ranging from $10,000to $20,000, will be distributed to 49 free and charitable clinics in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

“The NAFC and our network of charitable health care providers are beyond grateful for the continued support and unwavering commitment we receive from the CVS Health Foundation,” said Nicole Lamoureux, NAFC CEO. “Diabetes and hypertension are the top two diagnoses found among our patient population. This year’s funding will allow our Free and Charitable Clinics to focus on improving their patients’ health outcomes for these chronic conditions, and in turn improving the health of communities across the country.”

For more information on how the Free and Charitable Clinics will be utilizing their grants to improve community health, please visit www.cvshealth.com/NAFC.

About the CVS Health Foundation

The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

About the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the medically underserved throughout the nation and the more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics that serve them. Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is working to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care and strives to be a national voice promoting quality health care for all. The NAFC has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar and a Four Star Ranking with Charity Navigator.

For more information about the NAFC, please visit www.nafcclinics.org. Follow the NAFC on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NAFClinics and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NAFCClinics.

Media Contact:
Mary Gattuso,
mary.gattuso@cvshealth.com
401-770-9811

SOURCE: CVS Health Foundation

CVS Health Foundation supports the expansion of smoking cessation programs of eight cancer centers with $1 million in grants

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The CVS Health Foundation today (November 1, 2017) announced it has awarded $1 million dollars in grants to eight Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) member cancer centers to build new smoking cessation programs or expand existing ones across the country, enabling each cancer institute to reach more at-risk patient populations.

Research from a 2014 American Cancer Society report demonstrates the seriousness of tobacco cravings among cancer patients and the need for better long-term cessation support. The study finds even nine years after being diagnosed with cancer, nearly 10 percent of survivors still smoke cigarettes and more than 80 percent smoke daily.

“AACI thanks the CVS Health Foundation for its important commitment to promoting tobacco cessation and improving cancer treatment outcomes,” said AACI Executive Director Barbara Duffy Stewart, MPH. “While all of AACI’s 97 cancer centers champion prevention efforts as they work to reduce the burden of cancer, the new grants targeting tobacco use will extend and expand the vital educational, screening and outreach efforts undertaken by the eight AACI member cancer centers that have been awarded funding.”

The eight cancer centers, which received funding between $100,000 and $130,000each, include: Abramson Cancer Center (Philadelphia); Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Cleveland); Hollings Cancer Center (Charleston, SC); Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center (Seattle); Mayo Clinic Cancer Center (Scottsdale); Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York); Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center (Dallas); and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (Los Angeles).

The support will be used in a variety of ways including developing educational videos, enhancing screening protocols, hiring wellness coaches and tobacco treatment specialists and developing smoking cessation apps. Through the additional support, patients have already begun to see results in their attempts to quit smoking.

“I got diagnosed in August with cancer and was referred to Dr. Hooper who told me that if I quit smoking the chances of the cancer not coming back would be better, but if I continued to smoke there was a greater chance of the cancer returning, which I had no idea about,” said Cynthia Anderson, a Cleveland-area patient of Monica Webb Hooper, PhD, Director of the Office of Cancer Disparities Research at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of oncology, psychological sciences, family medicine and community health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “So, that’s how I got started [in the program] and I actually got my husband on board as well. I do feel better, and I’m grateful that CVS Health is willing to give [smoking cessation] patches and gum to help us in our quest to stop smoking.”

“Addressing smoking among at-risk populations, including cancer patients, is a priority for us,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “We’re proud to support these world-class centers as they bring innovative smoking cessation offerings that will improve cancer treatment outcomes for patients, and bring us one step closer to the first tobacco-free generation.”

Support for smoking cessation programs at cancer centers is part of CVS Health’s Be The First initiative, a five year, $50 million commitment to help people lead tobacco-free lives and in turn, help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. Through propriety programs and partnerships, the company’s initiative delivers anti-smoking education, research and tobacco-control advocacy and healthy behavior programming. For more information, please visit CVSHealth.com/BeTheFirst.

About the CVS Health Foundation

The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

Media Contact:

Mary Gattuso
Mary.Gattuso@CVSHealth.com
401-770-9811

SOURCE: CVS Health Foundation

CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation donates $200,000 to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation today (August 28, 2017) announced $200,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Following widespread damage to communities across the coast of Texas, federal officials are anticipating the storm will drive 30,000 people into shelters and spur 450,000 victims to seek some sort of disaster assistance. In response, the CVS Health Foundation has donated $50,000 each to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the American Red Cross, as well as $25,000 to Salvation Army, to aid the greater Houston area in supporting local residents as they begin the recovery and rebuilding process. CVS Health colleagues are invited to make a donation amount of their choosing, which will be matched by the CVS Health Foundation, up to $25,000.

CVS Pharmacy is continuing to identify how Hurricane Harvey has impacted over 200 locations in the greater Houston region. The company’s mobile pharmacies will be moved into the area once it is safe to do so. Customers will be able to pick up their prescriptions, purchase over-the-counter medications and receive recommended vaccines.

“We want to offer any assistance we can to our customers, colleagues and communities affected by this disaster,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health, and President of the CVS Health Foundation. “Both CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation are committed to ensuring that residents hit hard by this disaster have continued access to critical pharmacy care and the non-profit partners, first responders, and government agencies leading the relief efforts on the ground have the critical supplies and financial support they need to help those most in need.”

In addition, CVS Health will also donate $25,000 worth of in-kind products including personal hygiene, clean-up and over-the-counter items. The CVS Health Employee Relief Fund is prepared to provide support to colleagues who have been affected by the disaster.

CVS Caremark, the pharmacy benefit management division of CVS Health, is able to provide one-time emergency refills of a 10-day supply of medication for plan members in impacted areas at local pharmacies.

CVS Health has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 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.

Media Contact:
Mary Gattuso
(401) 770-9811
mary.gattuso@cvshealth.com

Stephanie Cunha
(401) 770-9354
stephanie.cunha@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Truth Initiative® and CVS Health Foundation to advocate for 100% tobacco-free at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and community colleges

Effort aims to help communities profiled by the tobacco industry

Washington, D.C., 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Truth Initiative® and the CVS Health Foundation are joining together to work with students and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and community colleges across the country to advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies.

Where you live, who you love, your race, your mental health and financial status play an important role in how hard tobacco companies come after you. For decades, African Americans, low-income neighborhoods, LGBTQ communities and those with mental illness have been disproportionally targeted with advertising and promotional efforts. The “truth x CVS Health Foundation” tobacco-free campus initiative follows the launch of the latest campaign by truth®, #STOPPROFILING, that underscores the fact that tobacco use is more than a public health issue, it’s a social justice issue.

Despite lower youth and young adult smoking rates overall, smoking on college campuses remains a problem in the U.S. Of the 102 federally recognized HBCUs in the country, less than half have smoke-free and/or tobacco-free campus policies. Of the 1,108 community colleges in the U.S., only 360 have 100 percent smoke-free policies in place1.

“With 99 percent of smokers starting before age 27, college campuses are critical to preventing young adults from starting tobacco use, aiding current smokers in quitting and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke for all,” said Robin Koval, CEO and President of Truth Initiative, the national public health organization that directs and funds the truth campaign. “Our partnership aims to counteract the decades of profiling of African Americans and low income communities by Big Tobacco. We are thrilled to be working with the CVS Health Foundation to make smoking and tobacco use a thing of the past on HBCU and community college campuses.”

Since the launch of their tobacco-free college program in 2015, Truth Initiative has awarded funding to 135 colleges. To date, 50 colleges have gone smoke- or tobacco-free (40 community colleges and 10 HBCU’s).

The “truth x CVS Health Foundation” tobacco-free campus initiative is part of CVS Health’s Be The First campaign, the company’s five year, $50 million commitment to helping deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have set actionable and measurable goals for Be The First, including a doubling of the number of tobacco-free educational institutions in the United States.

In addition to supporting Truth Initiative to expand technical assistance to support 42 HBCUs and 64 community colleges advance their campus policy effort, the CVS Health Foundation is also working with the American Cancer Society to help 125 colleges advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campuses. Students, faculty and staff at the schools are charged with developing a campus task force, assessing tobacco use on their campus and developing public-education campaigns to support comprehensive tobacco- and smoke-free polices on the campus.

“Today’s young people are a generation with an unyielding commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equality, and that includes making sure health benefits are equally distributed across ethnic and socioeconomic classes,” said David Casey, Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health. “We’re proud that the CVS Health Foundation is working with Truth Initiative to help HBCUs and community colleges adopt tobacco-free campus policies. Helping more colleges and universities go tobacco-free is an important step in achieving our shared goal of helping to deliver the first tobacco-free generation.”

The tobacco industry has long profiled minority communities, particularly African Americans, with intense advertising and promotional efforts. For example, in major cities like Washington D.C., there are up to ten times more tobacco advertisements in African American neighborhoods than in other neighborhoods. There is a disproportionate health burden of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality among African Americans. Each year, approximately 47,000 African Americans die from smoking-related disease. Research has also shown a clear pattern of targeted marketing in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods. People living below the poverty level in the U.S. are nearly twice as likely to smoke, compared to those at or above the poverty level.

Additional stats on smoking

  • Teen smoking of traditional cigarettes in the U.S. reached a historic low of six percent in 2016, but tobacco still remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • Cigarettes cause over 480,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
  • LGBTQ young adults, ages 18-24, are nearly twice as likely to smoke as their straight peers.
  • Individuals with mental illness account for up to 46 percent of cigarettes sold in the U.S.
  • People living below the poverty level in the U.S. are nearly twice as likely to smoke, compared to those at, or above, the poverty level.

About Truth Initiative

Truth Initiative is a national public health organization that is inspiring tobacco-free lives and building a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. The truth about tobacco and the tobacco industry are at the heart of our proven-effective and nationally recognized truth® public education campaign, our rigorous and scientific research and policy studies, and our innovative community and youth engagement programs supporting populations at high risk of using tobacco. The Washington D.C.-based organization, formerly known as Legacy, was established and funded through the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between attorneys general from 46 states, five U.S. territories and the tobacco industry. To learn more about our work speaking, seeking and spreading the truth about tobacco, visit truthinitiative.org.

About the CVS Health Foundation

The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

1 This is based on the Smokefree and Tobacco-Free U.S. and Tribal Colleges and Universities list the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation published on April 3, 2017.

Media Contacts:

Nicole Dueffert (Truth Initiative)
202-454-5589

Joe Goode (CVS Health)
401-770-9820

Source: CVS Health

CVS Health Foundation supports Free and Charitable Clinics with more than $1 million in grants

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The CVS Health Foundation today (April 3, 2017) announced more than $1 million in grants to 33 Free and Charitable Clinics as part of a multi-year grant program with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC). Over the past four years, the Foundation has donated nearly $5 million to NAFC to increase access to quality care and support the management of chronic disease.

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health in the communities where we live and work,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “Our support for the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics has yielded significant results over the past four years that demonstrate how increased access to quality care and innovative approaches to chronic disease management can affect the lives of the most vulnerable Americans.”

New results released today by the CVS Health Foundation demonstrate how the support of previous grant recipients is making a meaningful impact on their goals of improving care coordination, managing chronic conditions and increasing access to care. Critical results from the past year include:

  • SLO Noor Foundation (San Luis Obispo, CA) offered one extra day of services per week, providing care to an additional 241 patients that would otherwise not have been able to receive such necessary care in 2016.
  • Through their smoking cessation classes, 70% of participants at the Miami Rescue Mission (Miami, FL) reported either quitting or significantly cutting back the use of tobacco.
  • Good News Clinics (Gainesville, GA) recruited 22 additional physicians to expand availability of services for Health Access patients surpassing their goal of 10 and thereby lessening the wait time for patients requiring specialty care.

“The NAFC is extremely grateful for the support our members receive from the CVS Health Foundation and their recognition of the life saving work Free and Charitable Clinics provide to the medically underserved throughout this country,” said Nicole Lamoureux, NAFC CEO. “Their unwavering commitment and investment over the years has allowed our Free and Charitable Clinics to expand health care access, coordinate health care efforts and build healthier communities.”

As the need for access to affordable care and improved health outcomes continue to weigh on the U.S. health care system, the CVS Health Foundation will be providing grants, ranging from $20,000 to $35,000, this year to the following NAFC recipients in support of chronic disease management and prevention for diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and asthma, improved care coordination and increased access to care programs:

  • Arlington Free Clinic (Arlington, VA) – $35,000
  • Cape Volunteers in Medicine, Inc. (Cape May Court House, NJ) – $30,000
  • Catherine’s Health Center (Grand Rapids, MI) – $35,000
  • Center for Family Health & Education, Inc. (Panorama City, CA) – $35,000
  • Clearwater Free Clinic, Inc. (Clearwater, FL) – $35,000
  • Community Care Clinic (Boone, NC) – $35,000
  • Community Care Clinic of Rowan County (Salisbury, NC) – $20,000
  • Community Health Center of West Palm Beach (West Palm Beach, FL) – $30,000
  • CommunityHealth (Chicago, IL) – $35,000
  • Cornerstone Assistance Network (Fort Worth, TX) – $35,000
  • Free Clinic of Central Virginia (Lynchburg, VA) – $35,000
  • Free Clinic of Meridian, Inc. (Meridian, MS) – $35,000
  • Good News Clinics (Gainesville, GA) – $35,000
  • Health Brigade (Richmond, VA) – $35,000
  • Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center (Columbus, OH) – $35,000
  • Hope Health Clinic (La Grange, KY) – $35,000
  • Johnstown Free Medical Clinic (Johnstown, PA) – $25,000
  • Lake Norman Community Health Clinic (Huntersville, NC) – $35,000
  • Malta House of Care, Inc. (Hartford, CT) – $35,000
  • Martin Luther King Health Center & Pharmacy (Shreveport, LA) – $30,000
  • Northern Neck Middlesex Free Health Clinic (Kilmarnock, VA) – $35,000
  • NovaScripts Central, Inc. (Falls Church, VA) – $35,000
  • Ohio Association of Free Clinics (Columbus, OH) – $35,000
  • People’s Health Clinic (Park City, UT) – $20,000
  • Shelter Health Services (Charlotte, NC) – $25,000
  • St. Martin’s Healthcare, Inc. (Garrett, IN) – $35,000
  • St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy (Cincinnati, OH) – $35,000
  • St. Vincent de Paul Virginia G. Piper Medical & Dental Clinic (Phoenix, AZ) – $35,000
  • The Free Medical Clinic, Inc. (Columbia, SC) – $25,000
  • The Night Ministry (Chicago, IL) – $35,000
  • The Olympia Free Clinic (Olympia, WA) – $20,000
  • TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries (Tomball, TX) – $35,000
  • Volunteers in Medicine, Chattanooga, Inc. (Chattanooga, TN) – $35,000

For more information on how the Free and Charitable Clinics will be utilizing their grants to improve community health, please visit www.cvshealth.com/NAFC.

About the CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

Media Contact:
Mary Alfieri
mary.alfieri@cvshealth.com
401-770-9811

SOURCE: CVS Health Foundation

American Cancer Society and CVS Health Foundation initiative support college and university campuses go smoke- and tobacco-free

ATLANTA, 2016-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation today awarded grants to 20 U.S. colleges and universities as part of their Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a $3.6 million multi-year program intended to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The announcement coincides this week with the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout.

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The Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million initiative that supports education, advocacy, tobacco control, and healthy behavior programming to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS Health has set actionable and measurable goals for Be The First, including a doubling of the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses in the United States.

“With our partners at CVS Health, we are excited to support the efforts of many dedicated students, faculty and staff to make their campuses smoke- and tobacco-free using proven strategies that will also reduce tobacco use among students,” said Gary M. Reedy, Chief Executive Officer for the American Cancer Society. “To be successful in creating a tobacco-free generation, it is important that we prevent and eliminate lethal and addictive tobacco use among college students.”

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout will take place on Thursday, November 17. The annual intervention effort encourages smokers to quit for a day, quit for good, or make a plan to quit, and raises awareness around the many tools and resources they can use to help them quit.

Grant Recipients from Coast to Coast

Over the next three years, the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative will award grants to a total of 125 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with the greatest need for stronger tobacco prevention and control. The grants will help schools successfully advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. Campuses will also receive technical assistance and resources to support their efforts with education, communications, cessation, and evaluation.

The University of Pennsylvania is one of the first 20 grant recipients, and is working towards becoming the first Ivy League institution to adopt a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy.

“We are grateful to be among the recipients of the American Cancer Society/CVS Health Foundation tobacco control grant as it recognizes and supports Penn’scommitment to a tobacco-free campus,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Under the leadership of Penn pulmonologist Frank Leone, we have developed an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to smoking cessation that has yielded unprecedented success in just two years. Frank Leone and his colleagues understand the complexity of the problem of tobacco dependence and the need to take a long-term view to change tobacco behaviors. This generous grant will greatly aid the University’s ongoing efforts to effectively address this major public health epidemic.”

Other grant recipients include: Bowling Green State University (Ohio), California State University San Marcos, Davenport University (Mich.), East Carolina University (N.C.), El Paso Community College (Texas), Indiana University Bloomington, Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.), Merritt College (Calif.), Montclair State University (N.J.), Oakland University (Mich.), Penn State University (Pa.), Piedmont Community College (N.C.), Saint Mary’s College of California, Springfield College (Mass.), St. Xavier University(Ill.), Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College (Ohio) and University of Michigan.

Public Support for Tobacco Control on Campus

TFGCI grants are intended to address a critical, unmet need by supporting efforts to advocate for, establish and institute smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The U.S. Department of Education reports there are approximately 4,700 institutions of higher education in the United States. According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, only 1,427 campuses are 100-percent smoke- and tobacco-free. That reflects major progress over earlier years, but much remains to be done.

According to a new national Morning Consult poll of 2,202 registered voters commissioned by CVS Health on October 12-18 2016, there is strong public support for addressing the continued impact of tobacco use on college and university campuses. Among the key poll findings:

  • Seventy-six-percent of Americans think youth smoking and/or tobacco use is a problem. Similarly, 69% of Americans think college student smoking and/or tobacco use is a problem.
  • More than half of Americans (56%) think the number of tobacco-free campuses is too low. This is similar among U.S. college students where the combined percentage is 54 percent.
  • Three-quarters (75%) of Americans support policies that prohibit smoking and other tobacco use on college campuses.
  • Fifty-two percent of Americans think whether or not a campus is tobacco-free is an important consideration when applying to, and potentially attending, a college/university, ranking behind academic quality (86%) and quality of housing (79%), but ahead of how competitive athletic teams are (38%).

“We’re at a critical moment in our nation’s efforts to end the epidemic of smoking and tobacco use, and expanding the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses is an important step in our efforts,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., and Chief Medical Officer for CVS Health. “We’re confident our strategy will drive a significant decline in the number of new college-age smokers, and contribute to the progress being made where a tobacco-free generation in the U.S. seems possible.”

Accepting Applications for New Grants

In partnership with the CVS Health Foundation, the American Cancer Society will begin accepting online applications for the next round of Tobacco-Free Generation Initiative (TFGCI) grants. The fall grant cycle will run through February 28, 2017 with the names of grant recipients to be announced in May 2017.

In addition to grants, colleges and universities will receive technical assistance throughout the tobacco-free policy planning and implementation process. Technical assistance will be provided through webinars, online resources and limited one-on-one consultations.

To learn more about the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), U.S. colleges and universities are encouraged to visit www.CVSHealth.com/tobaccofreecampus. To apply for a TFGCI grant, visit www.cancer.org/tfgci.

About The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About the CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
American Cancer Society:
Charaighn Sesock
559.972.4877
charaighn.sesock@cancer.org

CVS Health:
Joe Goode
401.770.9820
jlgoode@cvs.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation donates $100,000 to organizations providing relief efforts to flood victims in central Louisiana

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation today (August 18, 2016) announced a $100,000 donation in cash and in-kind support to organizations providing relief efforts to flood victims in central Louisiana, including the Salvation Army USA Southern Territory and the American Red Cross.

The CVS Health Foundation made a $50,000 to the Salvation Army USA Southern Territory which reported that more than 11,000 people remained in shelters this week after flooding forced rescues and evacuations in southern Louisiana. They are providing meals, water, hygiene kits, clean-up kits and other much-needed items to help those who have been affected by the floods.

“We are deeply saddened by the devastating floods in Louisiana and the catastrophic effect it’s having on our customers and colleagues in the community,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health, and President of the CVS Health Foundation. “We’re committed to ensuring that residents hit hard by the historic flooding have continued access to critical pharmacy care services and the support they need to recover and rebuild.”

In addition, CVS Health is donating $50,000 worth of products including infant care, personal hygiene and over-the-counter items to the American Red Cross, Direct Relief and the Office of Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. These donated goods will be distributed to Baton Rouge locations that are supporting displaced residents and first responders and their families including Bethany Church South, East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services, Care South and Southeast Community Health Systems. The CVS Health Employee Relief Fund will also be providing support to colleagues who have been affected by the disaster.

As a result of the flooding, CVS Pharmacy is also deploying a mobile pharmacy in the parking lot of the Denham Springs location, which is currently closed due to water damage. Beginning Saturday, August 20, customers will be able to pick up their prescription medications at the mobile pharmacy as well as purchase a variety of over-the-counter medications. Nearby CVS Pharmacy store locations at 29881 Walker Road South in Walker, as well as 15255 George O’Neal Road and 11430 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge remain open and ready to serve patients whose pharmacies were impacted by the storms.

CVS Health has a longstanding commitment to Louisiana and a tradition of providing financial support and other services to communities nationwide affected by natural disasters and other tragedies. In May, CVS Pharmacy opened its New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward location, becoming the first major retailer to build in the neighborhood since Hurricane Katrina.

As the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, CVS Health contributed more than $80 million in 2015 to communities around the country through the CVS Health Foundation, corporate grants, gifts in-kind, and employee volunteerism.

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.

Media Contact:
Mary Alfieri
Mary.Alfieri@CVSHealth.com
401.770.9811

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CVS Health Foundation and American Academy of Pediatrics to improve counseling on tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The CVS Health Foundation today announced a new grant to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help improve counseling by all pediatric health care providers around tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke. The program will provide clinicians with the messages, tools and counseling protocols needed to screen for secondhand smoke exposure and better prepare them to speak with parents and families about the importance of reducing tobacco use.

While the rate of smoking among adults and youth are at all-time lows in the U.S., the ultimate goal of controlling tobacco consumption as the biggest preventable cause of disease and death requires incremental progress on many fronts, including preventing exposure to secondhand smoke, especially among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 41 percent of children ages 3 to 11 are exposed to second hand smoke, which even at brief levels can be harmful to a person’s health.

Pursuing a further reduction in tobacco use and nicotine addiction among young people and increasing access to smoke-free environments continues to be a priority for many Americans, as evidenced by the results of a new CVS Health/Morning Consult poll. According to the national survey of 2,001 U.S. registered voters, 86 percent feel it’s important to reduce youth smoking rates. Thirty-seven percent of all respondents say they are so concerned with exposure to secondhand smoke they exclusively seek out smoke-free locations when they leave their homes.

“With an alarming number of children still being exposed to secondhand smoke every day, working with the American Academy of Pediatrics to help educate physicians and parents and help curb exposure is an important step in our efforts to help deliver the first tobacco-free generation,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “We’re honored to be working with this respected organization that has demonstrated success in helping to increase education and awareness around the dangers of secondhand smoke.”

To help address these alarming trends and reduce the prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure, the AAP will hold two in-person training sessions in 2016 for pediatricians and other child health clinicians, who act as the primary source of medical information for parents. A $110,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation to AAP will cover the costs of the meetings, which will feature content produced by the AAP.

Each session will help health care professionals implement proven, easy-to-use ways to better counsel parents on the importance of quitting smoking and the use of other tobacco products and how to ensure all places where children spend time are smoke-and tobacco-free. In addition to access to in-person training sessions, participants will also be provided with easy-to-use tools, such as online resources and other content.

“Most parents who smoke know that secondhand smoke is harmful to children and other nonsmokers,” said Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, CEO/Executive Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to equipping pediatricians with the tools they need to educate parents and help families reduce children’s exposure to second hand smoke across the country. This grant through the CVS Health Foundation will help us bring our evidence-based guidance to more physicians in high-impact training sessions.”

The grant to the AAP is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s $50 million, five-year initiative to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. The initiative, announced in March 2016, includes education, tobacco-control advocacy and healthy behavior programming.

About the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP.

For more information, visit www.aap.org and www.healthychildren.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds. For more information on our Julius B. Richmond center which is committed to protecting children from tobacco and secondhand smoke, visit http://www2.aap.org/richmondcenter/.

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.

CONTACT:

Mary Alfieri
401-770-9811
mary.alfieri@cvscaremark.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health Foundation announces $1.5 million new grants to 46 community health centers and free clinics for 2016

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Apr-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of a multi-year, $5 million commitment to increase access to health care in communities nationwide, the CVS Health Foundation today released new data from programs supported through partnerships with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The Foundation also announced $1.5 million in new grants distributed to 46 community health centers and free clinics for 2016.

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health by increasing access to care and supporting innovative approaches to chronic disease management through our Health in Action grants,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “Our partnerships with NAFC and NACHC are focused on addressing the critical need for more accessible, coordinated health care in communities across the country and we’re proud to support programs that are improving outcomes and lowering overall health care costs.”

In April 2015, the CVS Health Foundation announced a total of 55 grant recipients that have since made meaningful progress toward their goals of improving care coordination, managing chronic conditions and increasing access to care. Critical results from the Foundation funding include:

  • The Free Clinic of Central Virginia (Lynchburg, VA) reduced their average patient waiting time between receiving a referral and comprehensive services from 30 days to 10 days. The Clinic was also able to reduce the number of hospitalizations for COPD by 51 percent, surpassing their original goal of 33 percent.
  • St. Mary’s Health Wagon (Wise, VA) saw a blood pressure reduction in 66 percent of their patients with hypertension or diabetes mellitus, which surpassed their initial goal of 50 percent.
  • Community Care Clinic of Rowan County (Salisbury, NC) saw 86 percent of participants in their smoking cessation program completely quit smoking which far surpasses the original goal of 15 percent.
  • Fifty one percent of the participants in the Corpus Christi (TX) Metro Ministries’smoking cessation program have reduced tobacco use.
  • As a result of the Cornerstone Assistance Network’s (Fort Worth, TX) program that raises awareness about how to prevent Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy through diabetes management, 32 percent of program patients showed a 10 percent or more decrease of hemoglobin A1C, a measure of blood glucose levels, surpassing their 20 percent goal.

New 2016 Grants
As a continuation of these critical community health partnerships, the CVS Health Foundation today announced a total of $1.5 million in new grants in support of chronic disease management and prevention, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and asthma, improved care coordination and increased access to care to the following NACHC and NAFC recipient organizations across the country.

Arizona$35,000

Phoenix Allies for Community Health (Phoenix, AZ), in support of its quality care coordination project.

California$310,000

Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA), in support of a diabetes care management initiative that will improve outcomes for patients.

La Clinica de La Raza, Inc. (Oakland, CA), in support of a health coaching initiative for chronic disease management.

LifeLong Medical Care (Berkeley, CA), in support of implementing an organization-wide approach to panel management for adult patients with heart failure.

Salud Para la Gente (Watsonville, CA), in support of health education and case management for diabetes patients.

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center (Los Angeles, CA), in support of integrating a home visitation and case management model into the primary care setting for pediatric asthma patients.

SLO Noor Foundation (San Luis Obispo, CA), in support of expanding clinic services to one extra day per week.

San Francisco Free Clinic (San Francisco, CA), in support of added medical personnel to staff a full service evening clinic.

Connecticut$50,000

Cornell Scott-Hill Health Corporation (New Haven, CT), in support of a staff education program and additional medical equipment.

Florida$70,000

Grace Medical Home (Orlando, FL), in support of hiring a part-time nurse practitioner who will help manage its care coordination referral program.

Miami Rescue Mission Clinic, Inc. (Miami, FL), in support of a new program that will treat patients through a personalized care approach.

Georgia$35,000

Good News Clinics (Gainesville, GA), in support of enhanced access to services for patients who previously did not have the resources to receive the care necessary.

Illinois $60,000

Tri City Health Partnership (St. Charles, IL), in support of a coordinated chronic care initiative that will include medical treatment, medications and supplies, comprehensive health education, monitoring and documented health outcomes.

Community Health Care Clinic (Normal, IL), in support of the Mobile Health Project that will be accessible to medically under-served people.

Indiana$20,000

Franciscan Alliance Foundation (Hammond, IN), in support of a diabetes prevention program that will select pre-diabetes patients to work with a trained lifestyle coach.

Louisiana$35,000

Martin Luther King Health Center & Pharmacy (Shreveport, LA), in support of a program that will decrease diabetes and cardiovascular disease in vulnerable populations.

Massachusetts $50,000

Charles River Community Health (Allston, MA), in support of an expanded complex care management program to support high-risk patients managing hypertension.

Michigan$85,000

Health Intervention Services (Grand Rapids, MI), in support of the creation of a new system that measures outcomes for the services it provides.

Thunder Bay Community Health Service, Inc. (Hillman, MI), in support of an asthma care management program.

Minnesota$35,000

CARE Clinic (Red Wing, MN), in support of the uninsured and low-income residents inGoodhue County that lack sufficient resources to manage their chronic illness.

Mississippi$35,000

Fellowship Health Clinic (Hattiesburg, MS), in support of expanded services to include medical care to more residents whose health is most greatly impacted by lack of health access, education, and care.

Missouri $35,000

Kansas City CARE Clinic (Kansas City, MO), in support of its intensive dietary management program that will target patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

New Jersey$30,000

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (Hackensack, NJ), in support of a diabetes care and education program.

New York$68,466

Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation (Rochester, NY), in support of a hypertension program that will address medication management, depression, diet, exercise and stress reduction.

Ithaca Health Alliance, Inc. (Ithaca, NY), in support of an integrative medicine pilot project using the chronic care model.

North Carolina$115,000

MERCI Clinic, Inc. (New Bern, NC), in support of increasing positive intervention and outcome capacity for chronic diseases.

Shelter Health Services, Inc. (Charlotte, NC), in support of averting diabetes onset in at-risk homeless women.

Community Free Clinic, Inc. (Concord, NC), in support of a new medical home for low income uninsured adults diagnosed with chronic health conditions who have an emergency department or inpatient hospitalization.

Mustard Seed Community Health (Greensboro, NC), in support of asthma, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease programs.

Ohio $100,000

North Coast Health (Lakewood, OH), in support of expanding its chronic illness management program.

Lake County Free Clinic (Painesville, OH), in support of expanding its services to facilitate walk-in patients.

Reach Out of Montgomery County (Dayton, OH), in support of a care coordination program that supports the health care systems to achieve better health outcomes.

Pennsylvania$135,000

Free Clinic Association of PA (West Chester, PA), in support of a new project that will utilize motivational interviewing to improve health outcomes for patients living with chronic disease.

Sheep Inc. Health Care Center (Monroeville, PA), in support of a second clinic that will give expanded access to patients.

The University of Scranton (Scranton, PA), in support of an initiative to manage, reduce or eliminate risk factors of patients who suffer from diabetes, obesity and/or hypertension through healthy lifestyle modifications.

Hope Within Ministries, Inc. (Elizabethtown, PA), in support of increased access to primary health care and low-cost mental health counsel services.

Texas$95,000

First Refuge Ministries (Denton, TX), in support of its diabetes prevention program to help Hispanic, non-English speaking families understand their risk for diabetes, learn ways to lower these risk factors, and avoid the onset of diabetes.

Volunteer Healthcare Clinic (Austin, TX), in support of its chronic disease management program that provides comprehensive care to individuals suffering from hypertension, diabetes and other endocrine disorders.

San Jose Clinic (Houston, TX), in support of a care coordination program for the uninsured.

Virginia$70,000

Loudoun Free Clinic (Leesburg, VA), in support of a care coordination program that can help save lives, resources, and time and ensures dependable linkages between social and medical services for low-income residents of Loudoun County.

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry (Richmond, VA), in support of the Community Pharmacy Expansion Project that will address the need for improved access to affordable medications in Richmond.

Washington, D.C. $33,170

Whitman Walker Clinic, Inc., in support of a telenursing program for patients with chronic disease.

Wisconsin$70,000

St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic, Inc. (Waukesha, WI), in support of expanded health care services for a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach.

HealthNet of Rock County, Inc. (Janesville, WI), in support of a program that will assist Spanish-speaking patients in navigating the complex health care system.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its approximately 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 75 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.

Media Contact

Mary Alfieri, CVS Health
Mary.Alfieri@CVSCaremark.com
401-770-9811

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