CVS invests $75K in the VNA of Care New England 

WARWICK – The VNA of Care New England was awarded a $75,000 CVS Health Foundation grant as part of its 2023 Hometown Fund, which is meant to support communities close to the company’s headquarters.

The grant will help the VNA of Care New England – which is a nonprofit Medicare and Medicaid certified visiting nurse, home health care and hospice agency – to outfit home health patients throughout Rhode Island with daily health monitoring equipment, according to a news release.

“We are so thankful for this generous grant from the CVS Health Foundation, which will allow members of the community with chronic diseases to develop the required skills while employing the critical tools necessary for them to manage their disease. Our goal is to decrease the risk of hospitalization, as well as the physical, emotional, and financial burden associated with a hospital stay,” said Jennifer Lee, interim president, VNA of Care New England.

These funds are part of $2 million in grants from the CVS Health Foundation awarded to nonprofits throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, according to a news release. CVS’ investments were concentrated in organizations working to increase access to health care services for underinsured or uninsured populations and improve health outcomes for those with chronic diseases, with a heightened focus on heart disease and mental health. The Woonsocket-based pharmacy retailer also awarded grants to organizations addressing health-related social needs, including affordable housing, workforce training and food insecurity initiatives.

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“When people have access to consistent health care and are equipped with the supporting services like affordable housing and healthy food, they are better positioned to improve their health,” said Sheryl Burke, CVS Health senior vice president of corporate social responsibility and chief sustainability officer. “Our Hometown Fund grantees selected this year serve as examples of the ongoing work that is the focus of our philanthropic programs.”

The CVS Health Foundation Hometown Fund was created in 2022 to support CVS Health’s neighbors and local communities who are working toward improving health outcomes locally. For more information about the Hometown Fund, click here.

Katie Castellani is a PBN staff writer. You may contact her at Castellani@PBN.com.