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06/22/2022

CVS Health expands free health screening program in 2 states

CVS Health's Project Health is expanding to Las Vegas and Richmond, Va.
Sandra Levy
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CVS Health is broadening its efforts to reduce health disparities via an expansion of Project Health, the company's free, community-based health screening program.

The retailer announced it is entering two new areas: Las Vegas and Richmond, Va. Project Health also will add four new mobile units this year and host dedicated events for children and seniors.

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“At the heart of our ongoing efforts to reduce health disparities and advance health equity is our commitment to breaking down barriers for people to access quality, affordable care,” said Sheryl Burke, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility at CVS Health.

In addition to 72 dedicated events for seniors and 60 for children, CVS Health plans to host more than 1,600 Project Health screening events in 45 markets across the United States and Puerto Rico this year.

The company hosts these events at CVS Pharmacy locations and community organizations, offering free biometric screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose level and body mass index to detect early risks of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Following these screenings, participants have the opportunity to meet with a nurse practitioner, who can provide referrals for treatment and advice on follow-up care.

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“We are committed to improving the trajectory of health for people across this country and providing more equitable and accessible healthcare services,” said Joneigh Khaldun, vice president and chief health equity officer at CVS Health. “Project Health is providing important services in underserved communities and helping people understand their health risks and healthcare needs, which is so critical to achieving health equity.”

Since Project Health was established in 2006, the program has delivered more than $139 million in free healthcare services to over 1.1 million Americans, with nearly 4 million biometric screenings in diverse communities with large numbers of uninsured or underinsured people, the retail chain said.

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Individuals can visit here to learn more about Project Health resources and events, and how they can prioritize their health by receiving a free screening.

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