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Oct. 19 - CVS Health Launches Diabetes Pilot Program in Underserved Atlanta Neighborhoods

Category: Health & Hospitals

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

October 19, 2018 - CVS Health is piloting a project in Atlanta addressing diabetes in medically underserved communities with chronically high rates of this disease.  In collaboration with Rimidi, Inc., a digital health company, and select community organizations, CVS Health will work to heighten awareness of diabetes and improve access.

"Like many major U.S cities, Atlanta has significant disparities in life-expectancy across the metropolitan area, from 71 years in medically underserved communities to 84 years in more affluent neighborhoods. Our collaboration with CVS Health will build on the foundation laid by community partners to address these needs and to bring health care services to people where they live and work," said Dr. Lucienne Ide, Rimidi chair.

Together with community organizations, Rimidi and CVS Health will enroll residents onto the Rimidi platform and engage them in the diabetes education and support services offered through the pilot. The combination of hyper-local health care services through a pilot CVS Pharmacy location and digital services through Rimidi aims to decrease barriers to care and improve the patient experience. CVS pharmacists and community certified diabetes educators will have the goal of supporting participants throughout the continuum of care, providing additional touch points designed to address their individual needs between primary care visits.


"CVS Health has a community-based focus, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it, including through face-to-face contact with CVS pharmacists right in their neighborhoods," said Thomas Moriarty, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer, CVS Health. "The organizations that we collaborate with, such as Rimidi, are helping us deliver on our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

CVS Health said it has a longstanding commitment to building healthier communities for the people of Georgia. Through its employee volunteer program, CVS Health colleagues logged more than 680 volunteer hours last year in Georgia in support of local community causes throughout the state. Additionally, over the past three years, CVS Health has contributed nearly $850,000 to local community organizations in Georgia, lending its support to programs that improve access to health care; provide chronic disease management; promote smoking cessation and youth tobacco prevention; and help combat prescription drug abuse.


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