Grant continues the “Innovations in Community Health” program, a multi-year initiative to help people nationwide manage and prevent chronic diseases


Worcester, MA (April 3, 2014)  The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center is pleased to announce that it has received an “Innovations in Community Health” grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation  in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The

$28,657 grant has been awarded to Kennedy CHC as part of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust’s commitment to help support community health and expand access to quality health care.

The “Innovations in Community Health” grant will help the Health Center support a visit plan reporting system for diabetic patients.


Over the past two years the “Innovations in Community Health” grants, which total more than $2 million, have been awarded to community health centers nationwide to support the development of innovative, community-based programs and initiatives that focus on the treatment and management of chronic illnesses, specifically heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and asthma.


“Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States and we are honored to receive an ‘Innovations in Community Health’ grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust to help us produce better health outcomes for our patients,” said Antonia “Toni” McGuire, President and CEO of Kennedy CHC. “This support helps us to continue our mission to build healthier communities in Worcester and the greater MetroWest area.”


The “Innovations in Community Health” grants are part of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust’s $5 million commitment to expanding access to quality health care nationwide through partnerships with NACHC, the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) and the School-Based Health Alliance.


“Through our partnership with NACHC, we are providing much-needed funding to support affordable community-based health care models that are producing innovative programming in the area of chronic disease management,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust.  “We are honored to recognize Kennedy Community Health Center and its work to help people manage their chronic disease and improve health outcomes.”


While changes in our health care system qualify millions of more people for health coverage, it’s still a challenge for many to find quality care that could help manage – even prevent – many chronic diseases. More than half of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases every year and chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.



About Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center is a private, non-profit community health center serving over 100 communities in the greater Worcester area for 42 years and in Framingham and the greater MetroWest area for 10 years. Kennedy CHC utilizes a family practice model of care, including preventive care, routine checkups, immunizations, and management of acute and chronic illnesses.


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


About the National Association of Community Health Centers

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) was founded in 1971. Its mission is to promote the provision of high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care that is coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent, and community directed for all medically underserved populations. For more information on the National Association of Community Health Centers, please visit