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Kroger becomes part of USHCC Million Dollar Club

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger has become a member of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Million Dollar Club. The USHCC Million Dollar Club recognizes corporations that are leaders in supplier diversity and integrating Hispanic business enterprises into their strategic sourcing and procurement process. Corporations qualify by spending between $25 million to more than $500 million with Hispanic suppliers in the previous year.

This is Kroger’s third consecutive year of qualifying for membership.

"Kroger is honored to be selected for membership in the Million Dollar Club," Kroger’s chief diversity officer Reuben Shaffer said. "Our partnerships with diverse suppliers help us meet our customers’ needs and create employment opportunities in the local communities we serve."

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Thrifty White, LDM partner to deliver targeted messaging to Rx patients

BY Antoinette Alexander

ST. LOUIS and PLYMOUTH, Minn. — LDM Group, a provider of behavior-based health management programs, and Minnesota-based pharmacy chain Thrifty White have entered a partnership to support the "Million Hearts" initiative, a national public and private initiative led by the Department of Health and Human Services whose goal is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.

Under the partnership, Thrifty White will use LDM’s direct-to-patient messaging program, CarePoints, to deliver targeted health-and-wellness information to patients at the pharmacy. Pharmacists will be uniquely positioned to educate patients about the importance of adhering to medication and the specific role each medication plays in improving blood pressure control, lowering heart attack risks and reducing strokes.

"We at the LDM Group are extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Million Hearts Initiative and the ongoing fight against heart disease," LDM Group president Mark Heinold said. "Thrifty White continues to find ways to enhance the patient’s experience in the pharmacy and LDM is happy to support their efforts to help reduce heart disease by providing patients with reliable and trusted health and wellness information through the CarePoints messaging program."

"All of Thrifty White’s 1,200 employees owner’s priority is to help improve the health of our patients by improving medication adherence and practicing preventive health care," Thrifty White EVP personnel Dave Rueter said. "Every day 2,200 people die from cardiovascular disease. Many of the people who are at high risk for heart attack or stroke don’t know. We feel that we can help patients reduce their risk for these diseases by checking their blood pressure as a first step. Our partnership with LDM Group allows us to communicate with the patients at highest risk and encourage them to visit our pharmacies to check their blood pressure. We know we can make a difference."


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NACDS’ Anderson co-chairs ASAE awards dinner, emphasizes importance of associations

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON — Serving as co-chair of the 13th Annual Summit Awards Dinner — which was presented by the American Society of Association Executives – the Center for Association Leadership Wednesday evening at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. — National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson emphasized to more than 1,100 attendees that associations serve a vital function as the "fifth estate" in the 21st century American democracy.

The gathering of the trade association community was created to showcase these organizations’ effectiveness in advancing the nation. Anderson said the work of associations — particularly as advocates — reflects the core values and democratic design stitched together by the nation’s founders.

“When you consider the history of our nation, and the way in which our experiment in democracy has played out, members of NACDS and of all associations have every right to feel integral to the direction of the republic,” Anderson said. “Engaged association members make American democracy work.”

Anderson referred to the “fifth estate” concept that he first described upon accepting the 2004 Association Executive of the Year award presented by Association Trends. The executive, legislative and judicial branches of government have been called the three “estates” of government — referring back to a similar concept related to the power structure of pre-Revolution France. Later, British statesmen Edmund Burke cited the “watchdog” function of the press in a democracy, and the media became known as the “fourth estate.”

Anderson noted that the Founding Fathers felt so strongly about the role of associations in American democracy that they codified the “fourth estate” and the “fifth estate” together in the same place — the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

“The First Amendment did more than ensure freedom of the press. It also guaranteed Americans the freedom of speech, the right to assemble and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” said Anderson. “The First Amendment has been put to the test many, many times since it was enacted, and a look at legal history shows that our highest courts are maintaining the sanctity of the associations the forefathers sought to protect.”

Anderson also emphasized the role that ASAE plays in leading the association community. He noted that there are many different associations, but they all look to ASAE as a leader in continuing to advance the value that associations provide in the nation’s democracy.

Summarizing associations’ key role in democracy, Anderson observed the following belief: “I believe our associations make the American democracy a stronger system, and make the United States of America a better place in which to live. America is and will continue to be the land of opportunity. Associations provide that opportunity for all Americans. No matter where they live in this vast land, no matter their station in life, through the enthusiasm and commitment of our millions of members, associations give all Americans a seat at the table in our democracy.”


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