CVS/pharmacy, MinuteClinic launch flu shot voucher program
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic are offering a flu shot voucher program in August as part of CVS/pharmacy’s Project Health free screening events.
Qualifying patients who attend a "Flu Voucher Fridays" Project Health event, complete the screenings and identify themselves as not having health insurance will receive a voucher redeemable for a flu shot at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic location this flu season. The flu shot vouchers are being offered as part of National Immunization Awareness Month.
CVS/pharmacy’s Project Health (Proyecto Salud in Spanish) also is offering free health screening events in August. Screenings will focus on vaccination reviews, vision acuity, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index for individuals in multicultural communities who have difficulty accessing preventive care. More than 200 Project Health events will take place in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
"CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic are committed to being the most convenient place to get a flu shot this season," stated Papatya Tankut, VP pharmacy professional services at CVS/pharmacy. "Offering flu shot vouchers to patients who may have difficulty affording a flu shot is just another way that we help people on their path to better health."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone older than 6 months of age receive a seasonal flu shot every year. The minimum vaccination age at CVS/pharmacy varies by state.
Unilever sells North America frozen meals business to ConAgra Foods
LONDON — Unilever has put its North America frozen meals business on the sales block.
The company said it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of its portfolio — which includes multiserve frozen entrees and appetizers under the Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s brands — to ConAgra Foods for a total cash consideration of $265 million. The transaction, subject to regulatory review and expected to close in third quarter 2012, includes a license for the use of the Bertolli brand name and the transfer of Unilever’s existing license with P.F. Chang’s for use of the P.F. Chang’s Home Menu brand name. It does not, however, include Unilever’s facility in Owensboro, Ky., at which the Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s frozen meals currently are produced. Unilever will retain the Bertolli trademark and continue its existing pasta sauce business, with manufacturing operations remaining at its Kentucky facility.
Unilever’s decision to divest the frozen meals business is in line with its global strategy to exit the frozen foods business. The company previously divested its European frozen foods business.
"Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s frozen meals are two attractive businesses with a focus on quality ingredients and differentiated technology," Unilever North America president Kees Kruythoff said. "I am confident they will continue to do well under ConAgra Foods’ management."
Kessler Foundation, Heldrich Center issue brief on hiring employees with disabilities
WEST ORANGE, N.J. — The Kessler Foundation and the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development last week released a research brief on disability employment titled “Strategies to Support Employer-Driven Initiatives to Recruit and Retain Employees with Disabilities” that explores the growing trend among employers in accommodating workers with disabilities.
This new brief, one in a series on disability and employment, examines the successful partnership initiatives that have enabled employers to hire people with disabilities. “These initiatives are resulting in integrated work forces where people with and without disabilities work side by side,” stated report author Elaine Katz of the Kessler Foundation.
The brief profiles the following successful disability employment initiatives:
- Walgreens Distribution Centers, which exceeded its target of hiring 30% of its Anderson, N.C., center’s work force through a partnership with disability service providers;
- The National Organization on Disability’s Bridges to Business program, which helped Lowe’s establish a successful and sustainable hiring initiative for its distribution centers;
- The Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services’ Industry-Specific Training and Placement Program, which provided grants to five community rehabilitation providers to partner with major employers, including Lowe’s, HomeGoods, Mohegan Sun Casino, CVS and Walgreens;
- Wal-Mart’s partnership with Project SEARCH, a school-to-work transition program, which provides real-life work experiences to help young adults with disabilities explore careers and sample jobs that suit their skills and interests. Wal-Mart was the first to license Project SEARCH for distribution centers. Project SEARCH’s host employers also include banking, hospitals and government agencies; and
- Reddwerks, a software company based in Austin, Texas, whose disability-friendly distribution management systems software has enabled employers to expand their pool of job candidates with disabilities.
For a PDF of the full report, click here.