CVS Health announces $1.5 million to support California nonprofits with COVID-19 relief efforts

CVS Health announced on Thursday its intent to re-purpose nearly $1.5 million of its three-year, $40 million investment in California’s health care delivery system, for COVID-19 relief efforts. The grant money will go to four local nonprofit organizations to support California communities during the public health emergency.

“Supporting local communities is part of our purpose of helping people on their path to better health,” said Kristen Miranda, California Market President for Aetna, a CVS Health company. “The role of our nonprofit partners has never been more important, which is why continued support is critical.”

 

 

A majority of the funding — $1million – will go to California Free and Charitable Clinics to expand telehealth services and support programs addressing food insecurity. The clinics provide a broad range of services to economically disadvantage individuals and are all members of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

“We are so grateful for the continued support that CVS Health offers to our organization, our Free and Charitable Clinics and in turn, our patients,” said Nicole Lamoureux, President and CEO of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. “Our members in California are providing medically underserved people access to health care that is crucial especially during this pandemic to keep people healthy and out of the emergency departments, and this funding is vital to supporting their efforts.”

According to CVS Health, Pacific Business Group on Health will utilize $350,000 of an initial $5.5 million grant from CVS Health to assist provider groups and practices in expanding telehealth services.

The California Food is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC), which is composed of community-based nonprofit organizations that provide meals to support those facing serious illness, received $100,000 to fund needs caused by the COVID pandemic. CalFIMC provides medical tailored meals for low-income individuals based on evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines.

“The grant enables the six California Food is Medicine Coalition (CalFIMC) agencies to increase their services – delivering thousands of nutritious meals to low-income and medically fragile Californians who are sheltered in-place and at great risk of contracting COVID-19 and more vulnerable to complications and death,” said Ann Thrupp, Director of CalFIMC. “We greatly appreciate the support CVS Health has provided CalFIMC to help respond to urgent community food needs for highly vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

CVS Health also allocated $15,000 to the California Paramedic Foundation to “help digitize, automate and expand the Foundation’s online site to ensure California paramedics and EMTs have all available resources during COVID-19 medical disaster response.”