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CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Partners with National Association of Community Health Centers to Create Innovative Grant Program Focused on Managing Chronic Disease
Date:7/24/2012

WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), today announced a $3 million, multi-year partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).  Beginning in 2013, grants will be made available to community health centers across the country to support the development of innovative, community-based programs and initiatives to manage chronic diseases.  To address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, Community Health Centers serve over 20 million people at more than 8,000 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories.

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More than half of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases and that number is expected to grow in the next decade.  With its focus on the treatment and management of chronic illnesses, specifically heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and asthma, the "Innovations in Community Health" grant program aligns with CVS Caremark's purpose to help people on their path to better health.

"Given the rapidly changing health care environment, it's increasingly important to provide access to high quality health care," said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO for CVS Caremark. "Through our partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers, we hope to improve health outcomes for the millions of Americans living with chronic disease, while also lowering costs."

Funding through the grant program will support a variety of programs, that support patients managing c
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