As part of a commitment to building healthier communities, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) celebrated the expansion of its annual Project Health free health screening campaign with a community event that took place on Thursday, September 19th at CVS Pharmacy, 8330 Mills Dr., Miami. Thursday’s event was one of 48 free health screenings taking place in the Miami area between now and the end of the year.
State Senator Annette Taddeo and Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo were on hand at the event, along with Mayra Boitel of CVS Health, community members and CVS Pharmacy field leadership to discuss the importance of being proactive about your health, eating well and not smoking.
“Early screenings and health prevention is critical in our community and these funds will help provide free health services to those in need,” said state Senator Taddeo. “Project Health will be vital to ensuring basic and much needed health care is available for residents in our community and it was an honor to join community leaders in presenting the check to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.”
“CVS Health is committed to expanding access to quality and affordable care, both through our retail footprint and with national and local non-profits and organizations who share our belief that better health starts at the community level,” said Mayra Boitel, vice president, Chief Merchant of Alternative Products, CVS Health. “We were thrilled to be in Miami to celebrate the expansion of Project Health and look forward to providing local residents with free health screenings throughout the rest of the year, as part of our commitment to building healthier communities.”
Project Health events, which will be held Thursdays – Sundays in select stores across Miamithrough the end of the year, are open to everyone and do not require an appointment. 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.
“Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important, on and off the court, for me,” said Adebayo. “I’m excited to be here today to see firsthand how Project Health is helping people keep tabs on their blood pressure, weight and cholesterol through free health screenings because events like this set the Miami community up for a healthier future.”
An array of free comprehensive health assessment screenings are available at these events, including blood pressure, body mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. The expansion of Project Health will also do more to screen for social determinants of health that affect personal health and communities. A 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.
Through Project Health, CVS Health has hosted over 1,000 preventive care events across Miamisince 2007, conducting 127,000 free health screenings, counseling 1,723 people on how to stop smoking and donating over $16 million worth of free medical services.
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, according to the company’s own metrics.
Since it was established in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $127 million in free health care services to nearly 1.7 million people in multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans.
For a full calendar of Project Health events, visit www.cvs.com/project-health