As American Diabetes Month kicks off, CVS Health is partnering with the American Diabetes Association to support families in helping to prevent and manage diabetes, as well as fund research on the health disparities that fuel the diabetes epidemic.
The retailer has committed $10 million over three years to support people in their health journey of preventing and managing diabetes with increased awareness, knowledge, and action to improve health through Project Power.
The American Diabetes Association’s Project Power program aims to tear down barriers that limit access to vital resources and empower participants to effectively prevent and manage diabetes.
In addition, support will fund research to better understand and address the unmet needs in underserved communities leading to the future elimination of these disparities.
“Health inequity is real — it directly fuels childhood obesity and contributes to higher risk and worse outcomes for people with diabetes, a reality that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Charles Henderson, chief of development officer of the American Diabetes Association. “By funding much-needed research to help tear down systemic barriers and providing critical resources, we can empower people of color who live with diabetes to take control of their health and live better, fuller lives.”
CVS Health will also host an in-store fundraising campaign at all CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide during American Diabetes Month, through Nov. 27, to give customers an opportunity to support the ADA to increase health equity and build a future without diabetes.
“Over the past 18 months, we’ve seen COVID-19 bring health disparities to the forefront, shedding additional light on the barriers to care that families across the country face every day,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy for CVS Health, and president of the CVS Health Foundation. “Through our partnership with the American Diabetes Association, we’ll help increase access to health care for high-risk and vulnerable populations and provide them with the educational resources they need to stay healthy.”
A primary focus of Project Power will be to encourage adults to take control of their diabetes and to raise awareness among the 88 million Americans living with prediabetes through risk tests and health screenings.