On June 21, CVS Health announced via a press release that it will expand Project Health—the company’s free, community-based health screening program by entering two new areas: Las Vegas and Richmond, Va. According to the release, Project Health also plans on adding four new mobile units this year and holding events for children and seniors.
The release states that “In addition to 72 dedicated events for seniors and 60 for children, CVS Health plans to host more than 1,600 Project Health screening events in 45 markets across the U.S. and Puerto Rico this year. The company hosts these events at CVS Pharmacy locations and community organizations, offering free biometric screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose level and body mass index to detect early risks of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Following these screenings, participants have the opportunity to meet with a nurse practitioner who can provide referrals for treatment and advice on follow-up care.”
Project Health was established in 2006, and the release says that it has delivered more than $139 million in free healthcare services to over 1.1 million Americans with nearly four million biometric screenings in communities with a large percentage of uninsured or underinsured people.
Joneigh Khaldun, M.D., vice president and chief health equity officer, CVS Health was quoted in the release saying that “We are committed to improving the trajectory of health for people across this country and providing more equitable and accessible healthcare services. Project Health is providing important services in underserved communities and helping people understand their health risks and healthcare needs which is so critical to achieving health equity.”