What Community Health Centers Mean to Americans and How they Manage Chronic Diseases

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What Community Health Centers Mean to Americans and How they Manage Chronic Diseases

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 12:15pm

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Authored by Malvise Scott, Senior Vice President for Partnerships and Resource Development, National Association of Community Health Centers and Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust

If 75% of your income was spent on funding a medical condition that could have been prevented in the first place, that would get your attention, right?

Currently as a nation, 75% of our health care dollars are allocated to the treatment of chronic diseases. That’s more than $1 trillion a year spent on treating preventable, chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. And the impact of chronic diseases extends beyond these monetary implications: more than half of Americans suffer from one or more chronic disease every year, making them the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.

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In 2012, CVS Caremark and its foundation, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, announced a $3 million multi-year partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to help increase access to quality health care and produce better health outcomes while reducing costs for patients and healthcare systems. Through this partnership, funding will support affordable community-based health care models that are producing innovative programming in the area of chronic disease management. The programs will use a variety of methods to help people manage their chronic disease and improve health outcomes – including the use of tele-medicine, nurse practitioners to monitor at-risk patients and wellness circles that bring people together who are living with and working to manage the same chronic disease.

Keywords: chronic disease awareness study | community health | community health centers | cvs | cvs caremark | diabetes | heart disease | hypertension | preventable diseases

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