In its continuing effort to improve access to affordable health care for all Americans, CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), launched Project Health, the company’s annual free health screening campaign. Over the next four months, 450 Project Health wellness events will deliver more than $5 million worth of free health services in select CVS Pharmacy locations across 10 multicultural communities – including Dallas-Fort Worth – with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans.
Project Health events, which are from tomorrow through Dec. 17, are open to everyone and do not require an appointment. Other Current CVS Pharmacy locations for the events include: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and select CVS Pharmacy stores in Puerto Rico.
Given the flooding and ongoing recovery efforts in Houston, all Project Health events in the area are being postponed. CVS Health will reschedule the 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, the press release stated.
Project Health offers free comprehensive health assessment screenings, 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.
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.
Since it was established in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $117 million in free health care services to more than 887,000 people, many of whom lack access to preventive care. Last year, high rates of specific treatable conditions among Project Health participants were detected, including:
- 49 percent were found to be overweight or obese
- 39 percent had abnormal blood pressure readings
- 31 percent had abnormal glucose readings
- 38 percent were found to have abnormal cholesterol levels
CVS Health will be partnering with YMCAs in Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles this year to encourage their members to participate in Project Health screenings in these markets.
Project Health events will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at select CVS Pharmacy locations. For a full calendar of Project Health events, visit www.cvs.com/projecthealth (in Spanish: www.cvs.com/proyectosalud).