CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Invests in the Future of School-Based Health Care

$1,000,000 Invested to Take School-Based Health in New Directions

Washington, DC—CVS Caremark Charitable Trust announced on April 3, 2014 an investment of $1 million to create the next generation of school-based health centers (SBHCs) through the New Directions for School-Based Health initiative. The School-Based Health Alliance, in partnership with CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, selected nine SBHC grantees to develop projects around parent and youth engagement, patient-centered medical home (PCMH), SBHC sustainability, and implementing public health strategies to achieve population-level change.  These sites are funded as part of a $5 million commitment from CVS Caremark Charitable Trust to increase access to health care nationwide. In total, nearly 70 grantees were awarded.

“As the delivery of health care services evolves with an emphasis on better health outcomes, reducing chronic disease and controlling costs, it’s essential that we work closely with our community health partners, including free and charitable clinics, school-based health centers, and community health centers, to help ensure that thousands of adults and children have access to health services right in their local communities,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for CVS Caremark.

The nine SBHC sites funded through this initiative include:

  • Erie Family Health Center (Chicago, IL), in support of a program focused on care coordination and patient-centered medical home recognition
  • Family Health Centers of San Diego (San Diego, CA), in support of a program focused on  youth and adult health education
  • Health Choice Network of Florida, Inc. (Miami, FL), in support of a program focused on shared data strategies regarding serving at-risk children
  • Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in partnership with a health facility Loyola University Health System (LUHS)-Trinity CHE (Chicago, IL), in support of a mental health outreach and intervention program
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Center for Community Health and Education (New York, NY), in support of a program focused on care coordination and patient-centered medical home
  • Project Vida Health Center (El Paso, TX), in support of smoking cessation programs for youth and adults
  • Sisters of Charity Hospital (Buffalo, NY), in support of a program focused on  on school-based health center financial analysis
  • Thundermist Health Center (Woonsocket, RI), in support of a program focused on absenteeism,  high-risk and disciplinary action
  • Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative of the University of Miami (Miami, FL), in support of a program focused on financial analysis and coordinated care

“What these nine programs share in common is vision and leadership to blaze new paths,” said John Schlitt, Interim President of the School-Based Health Alliance. “We’re excited to partner with them to help guide the next generation of sustainable, accountable, and integrated systems of school health care.”

About CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company’s more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 800 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health here.

About the School-Based Health Alliance

The School-Based Health Alliance was founded in 1995 and is the national voice for school-based health centers (SBHCs). Built from the grassroots up by individuals from state and federal government agencies, national and regional foundations, child health and education organizations, and SBHCs, we are a true reflection of the field we support. The School-Based Health Alliance advocates for national policies, programs, and funding to expand and strengthen SBHCs, while also supporting the movement with training and technical assistance. For more information, please visit www.sbh4all.org.

To schedule an interview with John Schlitt, please email Kyle Taylor at ktaylor@sbh4all.org.

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