4, 2018 -- In its continuing commitment to improve access to affordable health
care for all Americans, CVS Health [NYSE: CVS] is expanding its annual Project
Health campaign to include locations across Rhode Island. Beginning this
Thursday, September 6, a total of 24 free health and wellness screenings will
take place at CVS Pharmacy locations across Rhode Island over the next two
months in multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or
Project Health offers an array of 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.
“Project Health is part of CVS Health's commitment to improving
access to quality care by identifying health concerns and risk factors for
participants who may not have otherwise sought preventative care," said
Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “Chronic
conditions, which can often be life-threatening, can be treated very
effectively when identified early at screenings such as Project Health, and can
help to improve a patient’s health and well-being.”
Today, one in two Americans has at least one chronic illness
with 85 percent of our health care dollars spent each year caring for patients
with these diseases. According to a national survey by Morning Consult on
behalf of CVS Health, 60 percent of respondents view costs as a barrier to
being as healthy as they would like to be.
“Preventative screenings also help to reduce costs for both the
patient and the overall health care delivery system,” added Brennan.
Project Health events, which will be held on Thursday – Sunday
in rotating stores across Rhode Island from September 6 through October 21, 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
Since it was established in 2006, Project Health has delivered
more than $122 million in free health care services to more than 930,000 people
across the country. Rhode Island is one of 11 markets where Project
Health screenings will take place through December.