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CVS Pharmacy expands Project Health events in Houston

BY Sandra Levy

CVS Health is adding more free health and wellness screenings at select CVS Pharmacy locations across the greater Houston area through April 28, as part of its annual Project Health campaign.

CVS Health launched Project Health in the Houston suburb of Spring, Texas, at the company’s new HealthHub location, a store concept which combines pharmacy with low-cost health services and trusted advice.

“Better health starts at the community level, and Project Health delivers affordable and convenient access to free services that help identify health concerns and risk factors for our neighbors who may not have otherwise sought preventative care,” CVS Health chief medical officer Troyen Brennan, said. “Chronic conditions, which can often be life-threatening, can be treated very effectively when identified early at screenings such as Project Health, and can help to improve a patient’s overall health and well-being.”

Project Health, which provides access to care in multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans, offers an array of free comprehensive health assessment screenings, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index, or BMI, glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

Since it was founded in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $127 million in free health care services to nearly 1.7 million Americans, with more than $27 million in support of Texas communities. More than 87% 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, according to the company’s own metrics. Additionally, 95% of participants said they would recommend Project Health to a family member or friend, the company said.

“As a front door to health care, we are proud to offer Project Health in more CVS Pharmacy locations across Houston this spring,” CVS Health divisional vice president Jeffrey Schmidt said. “The free health screenings are a simple way for people to access much-needed health services in their community, and are just one more way we are delivering on our company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

Once screened, patients have access to on-site consultations with bilingual nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical care and follow up to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physician.

A total of 31 events will take place on Thursday Sunday in rotating stores across Houston through April 28, and are open to everyone and do not require an appointment.

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