CVS Charitable Trust invests in improving access to health care via grants
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark, has announced the recipients of nearly 70 grants awarded to free and charitable clinics, school-based health centers and community health centers as part of a $5 million commitment to increase access to health care in communities nationwide through partnerships with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the School-Based Health Alliance and the National Association of Community Health Centers.
The grant recipients will help increase access to health care and coordinated care to improve health outcomes for people of all ages across the country, the company stated.
CVS Caremark also commited to data sharing and providing insight into community health by launching a Community Health Barometer that will unveil the state of health care for underserved populations nationwide. The barometer will survey grant recipients and their patients on a quarterly basis to identify challenges in patient care, to monitor progress and the impact of health care services, uncover best practices in smoking cessation, to discover key trends in health care access and to develop an understanding of the evolving health care needs in local communities.
"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," stated Troyen Brennan, EVP and chief medical officer for CVS Caremark. "As a pharmacy innovation company that is committed to helping people on their path to better health, we are reinforcing our commitment to understand the state of community health and to identify where support is needed most and share insights on community health innovations that are creating positive health outcomes."
In alignment with CVS Caremark’s commitment to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy locations by Oct. 1, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is supporting organizations that are providing cessation and anti-tobacco programs, including the following.
"Now more than ever, pharmacies are on the front lines of health care, becoming more involved in chronic disease management. All of these conditions are made worse by smoking which is the leading cause of illness and death in the United States with more than 480,000 deaths annually," added Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy for CVS Caremark and president of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "We are proud to be the first national pharmacy chain to take this step in support of the health and well-being of our patients and customers and are committed to working with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, the School-Based Health Alliance and the National Association of Community Health Centers that all share our commitment to help people who smoke to stop, and those who don’t to never start."
The funding from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust in partnership with NAFC will enhance coordinated care models at free and charitable clinics to help improve the quality of care and health outcomes.
The funding to school-based health centers will help ensure that kindergarteners through high school students can receive routine medical care, such as a flu shot, annual physical, eye exams, dental screenings, or speak to a mental health counselor.
The second year of the "Innovations in Community Health" grant program in partnership with NACHC will support the development of innovative, community-based programs and initiatives that focus on the treatment and management of chronic illnesses, specifically heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and asthma as well as programs that are helping patients who have a co-morbidity of depression.
CHI, Miss Universe Organization create hair care line
NEW YORK —The Miss Universe Organization and Farouk Systems have partnered to create the first hair care line together, named Miss Universe Style Illuminate by CHI. The line will hit shelves April 22 and be exclusively sold at Ulta Beauty.
Miss Universe Style Illuminate by CHI was produced with key ingredients that allow women to rework and mold several styles in one day, the companies stated. A specially formulated blend of vitamins and oils, including moringa and macadamia, enhance volume to provide hold without product buildup, and contain anti-oxidants to make hair smooth and shiny.
"CHI has been a sponsor of the pageant since 2005, providing hair care and styling needs to contestants representing nearly 90 different countries, all with very different hair types," said Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. "No matter the hair type, CHI consistently delivers flawless, high quality professional care to the women who compete, allowing each of them to shine on stage," Shugart said.
The Miss Universe Style Illuminate by CHI consists of six products: Restage Dry Shampoo, Work Your Style Flexible Hair, Rock Your Crown Firm Hair Spray, Set the Stage Blow Dry Spray, Spotlight Shine Spray and Moringa & Macadamia Oil.
The Miss Universe by CHI tool collection consists of four devices: Professional Hair Dryer with 1800 watts of powerful airflow, Titanium Hairstyling Iron, Titanium Volumizing Iron and 1 ¼ Titanium Curling Iron.
Weis Markets announces center store promotions
SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Wednesday announced the promotion of Brian Bosworth to director of center store sales; Maria Panko to senior manager private brands and specialty, organic, natural and ethnic foods; and John Evans to center store sales manager.
As director of center store sales, Bosworth is responsible for sales, merchandising and procurement. In his new role, he will oversee a team of center store category managers. In 2011, he joined the company as a category manager and worked as a center store sales manager prior to his promotion.
Evans succeeds Bosworth as center store sales manager. In this position, he will help develop and implement center store sales building programs and initiatives. Evans, who joined the company in 2011, was a center store category manager prior to his promotion.
As senior manager private brands and specialty, organic, natural and ethnic foods, Panko will continue to oversee the product development and sales and marketing for the company’s more than 6,300 private brand products, including center store, HBC and fresh private brand products. She will take on additional responsibilities for the procurement, merchandising and marketing of specialty, organic, natural and ethnic foods.
Prior to her promotion, she was manager of private brands. Earlier in her career she worked as a category manager and for Daymon Worldwide where she worked on Weis Markets’ private brand account.