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CVS Health kicks off free wellness screenings in 11 markets

CVS Health is launching its annual Project Health campaign at select CVS Pharmacy locations in 11 communities across the country on Sept. 6, with free health-and-wellness screenings, the company announced Tuesday.

A total of 528 Project Health events will take place locally over the next four months in multicultural communities with a large number of uninsured or underinsured Americans.

Project Health offers free comprehensive health assessment screenings, including blood pressure; Body Mass Index, or BMI; glucose; and total cholesterol screenings, which can help detect risk for such chronic conditions as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

Project Health has provided more than $122 million in free healthcare services to more than 930,000 people across the country since 2006, according to CVS Health.

“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," CVS Health chief medical officer Troyen Brennan said. “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.”

One in two Americans has at least one chronic illness with 85% of our healthcare dollars spent each year caring for patients with these diseases, according to CVS Health.

In a national survey by Morning Consult on behalf of CVS Health, 60% of respondents cited 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 healthcare delivery system,” Brennan said.

Project Health events, which will be held on Thursday through Sunday in rotating stores across Atlanta, Boston/Rhode Island, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.. from Sept. 6 through Dec. 16, do not require an appointment.

Following screenings, 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 physician.
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