Patients will consult with pharmacists, RNs, and PAs during health consultations offered right in their own neighborhoods
CVS Pharmacy has kicked off its annual Project Health campaign with plans to deliver more than $15 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities across the United States. Sites in 10 U.S. cities will host more than 750 wellness events, including stores in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Select CVS Pharmacy stores in Puerto Rico will also host events.
A range of services
Open to all and with no appointments necessary, the comprehensive health risk assessments will include body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose screenings, and smoking cessation counseling. Bone-density screenings will take place in May and November, and October will include dental care exams. Each month will feature information on various health awareness themes, such as nutrition assessment, lifestyle stress tests, and breast cancer education.
Children seven years of age and older will be eligible to participate in this year’s screenings with parental consent.
“Far too many of the multicultural populations we serve have difficulty accessing preventive care,” said Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH, executive vice president and chief medical officer, CVS Caremark. “Project Health makes it easier for our customers to make their health a priority, offering them health risk assessments free of charge right in their neighborhoods.”
Pharmacists, nurses, and PAs
At the screenings, patients will receive on-site consultations with bilingual (Spanish/English) nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical attention to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physicians if additional follow-up care is necessary. CVS pharmacists will be available to conduct one-on-one medication reviews and answer any questions the patients may have.
In 2012, Project Health screened nearly 160,000 people. Of these, 53% had at least one abnormal screening result: 51% had risk factors for osteoporosis; 51% were found to be overweight or obese; 47% had at least one abnormal risk factor for heart disease; and 32% had abnormal glucose readings.
For more information, visit www.cvs.com/projecthealth or www.cvs.com/proyectosalud, or call 1-855-287-7867.