CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Invests Millions of Dollars in Access to Health Care for Underserved Populations

Nearly 70 grants are awarded to Free and Charitable Clinics, School-Based Health Centers and Community Health Centers as part of a $5 million, multi-year initiative.  New CVS Caremark Community Health Barometer will provide data on the state of health care for underserved Americans

WOONSOCKET, R.I., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), today announced the recipients of nearly 70 grants awarded to free and charitable clinics, school-based health centers (SBHCs) and community health centers as part of a $5 million commitment to increase access to health care in communities nationwide through partnerships with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), the School-Based Health Alliance and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The grant recipients will help increase access to health care and coordinated care to improve health outcomes for people of all ages across the country.

CVS Caremark also commits to data sharing and providing insight into community health by launching a Community Health Barometer that will unveil the state of health care for underserved populations nationwide. The barometer will survey grant recipients and their patients on a quarterly basis to identify challenges in patient care, to monitor progress and the impact of health care services, uncover best practices in smoking cessation, to discover key trends in health care access and to develop an understanding of the evolving health care needs in local communities.

"As the delivery of health care services evolves with an emphasis on better health outcomes, reducing chronic disease and controlling costs, it's essential that we work closely with our community health partners, including free and charitable clinics, school-based health centers and community health centers, to help ensure that thousands of adults and children have access to health services right in their local communities," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for CVS Caremark. "As a pharmacy innovation company that is committed to helping people on their path to better health, we are reinforcing our commitment to understand the state of community health and to identify where support is needed most and share insights on community health innovations that are creating positive health outcomes."

In alignment with CVS Caremark's commitment to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy locations by October 1 as part of an effort to support the health and well-being of its patients and customers, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is supporting organizations that are providing cessation and anti-tobacco programs, including the following:

  • Centre Volunteers in Medicine (State College, PA)
  • Cherry Street Health Services (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Faith Family Clinic (San Antonio, TX)
  • Project Vida Health Center (El Paso, TX)
  • Queens Care Health Centers (Los Angeles, CA)
  • St. Thomas Clinic (Franklin, IN)

"Now more than ever, pharmacies are on the front lines of health care, becoming more involved in chronic disease management. All of these conditions are made worse by smoking which is the leading cause of illness and death in the United States with more than 480,000 deaths annually," said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy for CVS Caremark and President of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "We are proud to be the first national pharmacy chain to take this step in support of the health and well-being of our patients and customers and are committed to working with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, the School-Based Health Alliance and the National Association of Community Health Centers that all share our commitment to help people who smoke to stop, and those who don't to never start."

The funding from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust in partnership with NAFC will enhance coordinated care models at free and charitable clinics to help improve the quality of care and health outcomes.

The funding to school-based health centers will help ensure that kindergarteners through high school students can receive routine medical care, such as a flu shot, annual physical, eye exams, dental screenings, or speak to a mental health counselor.  

The second year of the "Innovations in Community Health" grant program in partnership with NACHC will support the development of innovative, community-based programs and initiatives that focus on the treatment and management of chronic illnesses, specifically heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and asthma as well as programs that are helping patients who have a co-morbidity of depression.  

National Association of Free & Charitable Clinic Grantees 
Free and charitable clinics receiving grants through the partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics include:

  • Arlington Free Clinic (Arlington, VA), in support of a program focused on measurement of health outcomes and patient compliance
  • The Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry's Doctors' Medical Clinic (Asheville, NC), in support of a program focused on a student teaching model and expanded patient care
  • Cape Fear Clinic (Wilmington, NC), in support of a program focused on expanded mental health services
  • Centre for Volunteers in Medicine (State College, PA), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management and medication compliance
  • Charlotte Community Health Clinic (Charlotte, NC), in support of a program focused on care coordination
  • Clinic by the Bay (San Francisco, CA), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
  • CommunityHealth Chicago (Chicago, IL), in support of a program focused on diabetes management
  • Community Health Services of Union County (Monroe, NC), in support of a program focused on electronic medical record services and improved patient communication
  • Community Volunteers in Medicine (West Chester, PA), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
  • Faith Family Clinic (San Antonio, TX), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management and education
  • Family Health Partnership Clinic (Crystal Lake, IL), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
  • Fan Free Clinic (Richmond, VA), in support of a program focused on diabetes management and wellness
  • Free Medical Clinic of DuBois (DuBois, PA), in support of a program focused on expanded patient care
  • Gloucester-Matthews Free Clinic (Hayes, VA), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
  • Good Samaritan Clinic (Morganton, NC), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
  • Grace Medical Home (Orlando, FL), in support of a program focused on care coordination
  • Greenville Free Medical Clinic (Greenville, SC), in support of a program focused on comprehensive health care
  • Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic (Harrisonburg, VA) in support of a program focused on expanded patient care
  • Healing Hands Ministries (Dallas, TX), in support of a program focused on care coordination
  • Health and Hope Clinics (Pensacola, FL), in support of a program focused on care coordination
  • Health Care Clinic at Eva's Village (Paterson, NJ), in support of a program focused on expanded patient care
  • Health Intervention Services (Grand Rapids, MI), in support of a program focused on expanded bilingual patient services
  • Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center (Columbus, OH), in support of a program focused on expanded electronic health record services
  • Lackey Free Clinic (Yorktown, VA), in support of a program focused on diabetes management and education
  • Lake County Free Clinic (Painesville, OH), in support of a program focused on expanded patient care
  • Mercy Community Services Outreach Center (Rochester, NY), in support of a program focused on care coordination
  • Metro West Free Medical Program (Sudbury, MA), in support of a program focused on expanded patient care
  • North Coast Health Ministry (Lakewood, OH), in support of a program focused on chronic disease management
  • PediPlace (Lewisville, TX), in support of a program focused on access to health care for children
  • Reach Out Montgomery (Dayton, OH), in support of a program focused on care coordination
  • San Jose Clinic (Houston, TX), in support of a program focused on weight management and wellness
  • St. Petersburg Free Clinic (St. Petersburg, FL), in support of a program focused on diabetes management and education
  • St. Thomas Clinic (Franklin, IN), in support of a program focused on diabetes, tobacco-use and asthma care coordination
  • St. Vincent Clinic/St. Vincent De Paul Community Pharmacy (Cincinnati, OH), in support of a program focused on expanded pharmacy services
  • Volunteers in Medicine in Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre, PA), in support of a program focused on care coordination
  • Volunteers in Medicine in Southern Nevada (Las Vegas, NV), in support of a program focused on innovative pulmonary health services
  • Volunteers in Medicine San Diego (El Cajon, CA), in support of a program focused on obesity management

 

 

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