CVS Health has announced a five-year, $100 million commitment to building community health and wellness nationwide.
Following its recent acquisition of Aetna, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation will work with the Aetna Foundation to scale their combined resources and capabilities to deliver measurable impact in communities across the country. Among other things, CVS Health will expand its Project Health campaign to more underserved and underinsured communities, providing residents with free health and wellness screenings that can detect early risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
In support of innovative approaches to managing chronic disease, CVS Health will boost its investment in organizations that are working to tackle public health challenges, including the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association, with which it has already teamed up to provide increased access to blood pressure screenings and diagnostic tests to more than 3.5 million women. The company also will work with the Aetna Foundation to address the opioid crisis by dispensing naloxone, a drug used to counter the dire effects of opioid overdose, without an individual prescription.
The company also will support the Aetna Foundation's collaboration with U.S. News & World Report on the Healthiest Communities rankings, a report first released in 2018 that evaluates the health of nearly three thousand communities nationwide across ten categories, from education and population health to infrastructure and the economy. In addition to assessing which communities offer their residents the best opportunity to live a productive, healthy life, the rankings highlight approaches for improving public health that can be shared and implemented across the country.
"Health starts at the community level. By combining the capabilities and philanthropic resources of CVS Health and Aetna, we can engage and empower local communities to address their unique health care needs and make a real difference," said CVS Health president and CEO Larry J. Merlo. "Ultimately, we're aspiring to deliver better health care which in turn creates better communities and a better world."
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