CVS Pharmacy to host its free health screening program Project Health in Houston

HOUSTON, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its ongoing commitment to support post-Hurricane recovery efforts in Houston, CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) will be hosting Project Health, its signature free health screening program across the city to improve access to affordable health care for residents. The annual campaign, which was originally scheduled to begin in September, was postponed as the community recovered from the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

This year’s screenings will be held from Nov. 2 through Feb. 18 in select CVS Pharmacy locations across the greater Houston area and offer an array of free comprehensive health assessment screenings, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

“Even as the residents of Houston have begun to recover and rebuild their lives following Hurricane Harvey, we know the impact this type of stress can place on a person’s health and wellness,” said Jeff Schmidt, area vice president, CVS Pharmacy. “Our free health screenings can help identify health concerns or other risk factors for participants who may not have access to care otherwise, as well as provide referrals to local doctors and information on low-cost health insurance options.”

Once screened, patients have access to on-site consultations with bilingual nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical care and follow up to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physician. The events are open to everyone and do not require an appointment.

This year, CVS Pharmacy has partnered with the YMCA in Houston to encourage their members to participate in Project Health screenings in these markets.

“Health screenings are the first step in recognizing opportunities for improving one’s health,” said Lharissa Jacobs, association director of community health for the YMCA of Greater Houston. “Screenings, like those provided at Project Health, provide people with valuable information to make important decisions in reclaiming their health for the long run, and the Y is so pleased to encourage people to live their healthiest life.”

Houston is one of 10 cities across the country where Project Health screenings are taking place this year. A total of 450 wellness events will deliver more than $5 million worth of free health services in multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans.

Since it was established in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $117 millionin free health care services to more than 887,000 people. For a full calendar of Project Health events in Houston, visit www.cvs.com/projecthealth (in Spanish: www.cvs.com/proyectosalud).

About CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.
1 Centers for Disease Control. Chronic Disease Overview. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/

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CVS Pharmacy launches annual free health screening campaign — Project Health

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its continuing commitment to improve access to affordable health care for all Americans, CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), announced the launch of Project Health, the company’s annual free health screening campaign. Over the next four months, 450 Project Health wellness events will deliver more than $5 million worth of free health services in select CVS Pharmacy locations across 10 multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans.

“Project Health is part of CVS Health’s commitment to improve access to health care and ensure that cost isn’t a barrier to important preventive services,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., chief medical officer of CVS Health. “Our free health screenings can help identify health concerns or risk factors for participants who may not have access to care otherwise.”

Project Health events, which are held from September 7 through December 17, are open to everyone and do not require an appointment. Current CVS Pharmacy locations for the events include: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and select CVS Pharmacy stores in Puerto Rico.

Given the catastrophic flooding and ongoing recovery efforts in Houston, all Project Health events in the area are being postponed. CVS Health is committed to rescheduling these free health and wellness events to the residents of Houston when it is safe to do so and when the community will have greater access to these much needed services.

Project Health offers an array of free comprehensive health assessment screenings, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Today, 1 in 2 Americans has at least one chronic illness with 85 percent of our health care dollars spent each year caring for Americans with these diseases.1

“These chronic conditions, which can often be life-threatening, can be treated very effectively when identified early, helping to improve a patient’s health and well-being, as well as reducing costs for both the patient and the overall health care delivery system,” added Brennan.

Once screened, patients have access to on-site consultations with bilingual nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical care and follow up to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physician.

Since it was established in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $117 millionin free health care services to more than 887,000 people, many of whom lack access to preventive care. Last year, high rates of specific treatable conditions among Project Health participants were detected, including:

  • 49 percent were found to be overweight or obese
  • 39 percent had abnormal blood pressure readings
  • 31 percent had abnormal glucose readings
  • 38 percent were found to have abnormal cholesterol levels

CVS Health will be partnering with YMCAs in HoustonAtlanta and Los Angeles this year to encourage their members to participate in Project Health screenings in these markets.

“As a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Y shares CVS Health’s goal to deliver preventive care, like screenings, in places where access is a barrier,” said Kevin Washington, President and CEO, YMCA of the USA. “Taking health care out of clinical settings and putting it into our neighborhoods can save lives, reduce costs and make our communities stronger.”

Project Health events will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at select CVS Pharmacy locations. For a full calendar of Project Health events, visit www.cvs.com/projecthealth (in Spanish: www.cvs.com/proyectosalud).

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

1 Centers for Disease Control. Chronic Disease Overview. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/

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Mary Gattuso
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CVS Health rolls out its annual free health services campaign, Project Health

 

CVS Health rolls out its annual free health services campaign, Project Health CVS Health rolls out its annual free health services campaign, Project Health

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — In its continuing commitment to help improve access to health care for all Americans, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (September 7, 2016) announced the rollout of Project Health, its annual free health services campaign, at select CVS Pharmacy locations in 10 multicultural communities across the country. Beginning Thursday, September 8 and running through December 18, nearly $8 million worth of free health services will be delivered at more than 500 Project Health events.

Since 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $112 million worth of free health care services to nearly 872,000 people, many of whom are uninsured or under insured, demonstrating the continuing need for these critical services.

“Despite the increased number of Americans who have become insured over the past five years, there are still barriers to quality care, such as cost and access, for many patients,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. “Project Health is part of CVS Health’s commitment to improving access to quality care by identifying health concerns and risk factors for participants who may not have otherwise sought preventative care.”

Project Health offers an array of free comprehensive health risk assessments, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings. Once screened, CVS Pharmacy helps patients through on-site consultations with bilingual (English/Spanish) nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical attention to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physician. CVS pharmacists are also available to conduct one-on-one medication reviews and answer any questions patients may have.

“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) applauds CVS Health on their Project Health initiative,” said Kevin Counihan, Director and Marketplace Chief Executive Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “We thank them for their continued commitment to providing free health screenings and educational materials ensuring better health for many Americans.”

Over the past 10 years, high rates of certain treatable conditions among Project Health participants have been identified, including:

  • 53 percent were found to be overweight or obese
  • 38 percent had abnormal blood pressure readings
  • 26 percent had abnormal glucose readings
  • 37 percent were found to have abnormal cholesterol levels

Project Health events, held in markets with large multicultural populations, are open to all consumers regardless of race, gender or insurance status and do not require an appointment. Current locations include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit,Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.Project Health events are also being held at select CVS Pharmacy stores in Puerto Rico through November on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. 4 p.m.

U.S. Project Health events will be held from 2 p.m. 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at select CVS Pharmacy locations, with no appointment needed. For a full calendar of Project Health events, visit www.cvs.com/projecthealth(in Spanish: www.cvs.com/proyectosalud).

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

SOURCE: CVS Health

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