LAS VEGAS – Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN) announced it has received a grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC). The $35,000 grant has been awarded to VMSN as part of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust’s commitment to help support community health and expand access to quality health care.
The grant will help VMSN support improved pulmonary health services. The organization’s initiatives will include a smoking cessation program designed to help Southern Nevadans live healthy lives by breaking their dependence on tobacco products. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, and is a main cause of chronic pulmonary diseases such as lung cancer and emphysema. Smoking cessation can have immediate health benefits for smokers of all ages.
“The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust’s goal to increase access to health care and reduce overall health care costs is closely aligned with our commitment to broadening access to affordable health care, especially for underserved populations,” said Dr. Florence Jameson, founder and president of VMSN. “We are honored to receive this grant that will help us produce better health outcomes in the Las Vegas community.”
The free and charitable clinic grants are part of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust’s $5 million commitment to supporting community health and expanding access to quality health care nationwide through partnerships with NAFC, the School-Based Health Alliance, and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).
“Through our partnership with NAFC, we are providing much-needed funding to support free and charitable clinics that help ensure that thousands of people throughout the country have the opportunity to benefit from health services right in their local communities,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. “We are honored to recognize VMSN and their work to provide access to quality health care that can create better health outcomes in the Las Vegas community.”
About Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada
Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, was founded in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to find a way to provide access to health care to Southern Nevada’s working citizens. Its mission is to provide quality healthcare and support, in a culture of caring, to the working uninsured and unemployed residents in Southern Nevada. VMSN provides preventative health care in order to care for the neglected and unseen members of the community. It also helps prevent acute hospitalization, reducing hospital cost and decreasing taxpayer burdens. Learn more: www.vmsn.org
About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company’s more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 800 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at info.cvscaremark.com.
About the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics and the people they serve in the United States. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAFC is an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of Free and Charitable Clinics, their volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals, and the patients served by Free and Charitable Clinics in communities throughout the nation. For more information, please visit http://www.nafcclinics.org/.