Bringing Easier Access to Care to More Communities

Project Health to Offer Nearly 600 Free Screening Events in 12 Markets
COMMENTARY
September 19, 2019
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health

As part of our commitment to transforming the health care experience and providing convenient access to high-quality, low-cost care to more consumers, CVS Health is expanding its Project Health campaign to target more underserved and underinsured communities in 2019. With this expansion we also aim to reach more at-risk populations with free health and wellness screenings.

The campaign has been offering free health and wellness screenings in underserved and underinsured communities for more than a decade.

Since 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $127M in free health care services to nearly 1.7M Americans.

Project Health offers a no-cost comprehensive health assessment, including blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can detect early risks for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

Improving Local Access to Affordable Quality Care

Anyone can access these events and an appointment is not required. After being screened, patients have access to on-site consultations with bilingual nurse practitioners or physician assistants who analyze results and, when needed, encourage patients to follow up with a visit to no- or low-cost medical facilities nearby, or their primary care physician.

As part of the expansion, Project Health will do more to screen for social determinants of health that affect personal health and communities. One study has shown that up to 60 percent of life expectancy may be driven by behavioral, social and environmental factors including family, education, housing, and access to affordable, healthy food.Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity. Kaiser Family Foundation. Accessed at https://www.kff.org/disparities-policy/issue-brief/beyond-health-care-the-role-of-social-determinants-in-promoting-health-and-health-equity/.

Over the next four months, nearly 600 Project Health events will take place in multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans. The events will take place in select stores across Atlanta, Boston, Providence, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. markets.

Building Healthier Communities

Last year, we announced our $100 million Building Healthier Communities commitment to making community health and wellness central to our company’s mission. Increasing access to vital preventive care through Project Health events in the communities we serve helps participants identify health concerns and other risk factors that could lead to chronic conditions. It also helps reduce cost for both consumers and the overall health care delivery system.

Chronic conditions disproportionally affect people in underserved communities and caring for all patients with chronic conditions drives about 75 percent of nation’s aggregate health care spending.https://www.chronicdisease.org/page/whyweneedph2imphc Often, consumers who participate in a Project Health event are not even aware that they may have a chronic condition that, left untreated, could have a significant negative impact on their health. The screenings provided through Project Health can help people better manage their health and access the resources they need to help achieve their best health.

Project Health events have a proven track record of improving patient engagement and ultimately, healthier outcomes. More than 87 percent of patients who attend Project Health events report following up with their primary care physician and were significantly more likely to proactively discuss their blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar levels, our analysis shows.

Project Health events also provide opportunities for charitable partners to help community members who seek access to care. All events are promoted locally through organizations including the LGBT Center in Los Angeles, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, ACCESS Michigan in Detroit, and The NAACP in Houston.

For a full calendar of Project Health events, visit www.cvs.com/projecthealth
In Spanish: www.cvs.com/proyectosalud

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COMMENTARY
September 19, 2019
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health

The source for data in this document is CVS Health Enterprise Analytics, unless otherwise noted.

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