Through December 17, more than 450 CVS Project Health wellness events will deliver more than $5 million worth of free health services in selected CVS Pharmacy locations across 10 multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans.
“Project Health is part of CVS Health’s commitment to improve access to health care and ensure that cost isn’t a barrier to important preventive services,” stated Dr. Troy Brennan, chief medical officer of CVS Health. “Our free health screenings can help identify health concerns or risk factors for participants who may not have access to care otherwise.”
Project Health events are open to everyone and do not require an appointment. Screenings were planned for CVS Pharmacy locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and selected CVS Pharmacy stores in Puerto Rico.
“Given the catastrophic flooding and ongoing recovery efforts in Houston, all Project Health events in the area are being postponed,” the company stated. “CVS Health is committed to rescheduling these free health and wellness events to the residents of Houston when it is safe to do so and when the community will have greater access to these much-needed services.”
Since 2006, Project Health has offered health assessment screenings for blood pressure, body mass index, glucose, total cholesterol and other indicators that can help detect risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
“These chronic conditions, which can often be life threatening, can be treated very effectively when identified early, helping to improve a patient’s health and well-being, as well as reducing costs for both the patient and the overall health care delivery system,” added Brennan.
Once screened, patients have access to on-site consultations with bilingual nurse practitioners or physician assistants, who can analyze results and refer patients needing further care to nearby medical facilities or to their primary care physician.