SFFC Receives Grant from CVS Health!


San Francisco Free Clinic Receives $10,000 CVS Health Community Grant

Grant to The San Francisco Free Clinic is part of CVS Health’s commitment to helping people lead tobacco-free lives

San Francisco, CA October 10, 2018 – The San Francisco Free Clinic has received a $10,000 grant from CVS Health. The grant is part of Be The First, CVS Health's $50 million, five-year initiative to help deliver the nation's first tobacco-free generation and extend the company's commitment to help people lead tobacco-free lives.

The support from CVS Health will help the San Francisco Free Clinic (SFFC) to offer a new comprehensive smoking cessation initiative to uninsured individuals living in the San Francisco Bay Area. SFFC’s clinical services include treating the full range of acute and chronic illnesses in adult men and women, with an emphasis on preventative medical care. SFFC has provided comprehensive medical care and served as a primary care training site for senior medical students from UCSF, Stanford, Yale, and USC for the last 25 years.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Individuals who lack health insurance have fewer opportunities to discuss smoking with a healthcare provider and have limited access to therapies that can help them to be successful in quit attempts. SFFC estimates that 20% of its patients currently use nicotine products and a high proportion of those patients report interest in stopping smoking.

With CVS Health’s support, SFFC has implemented a new initiative that involves 1:1 motivational counseling, and the provision of resources including quit kits, nicotine replacement therapy, medications that assist individuals in quitting smoking, and other support including follow-up phone calls, a text-message based program, and 1:1 visits with a healthcare provider. CVS Health has provided a $10,000 grant and a donation of nicotine replacement products to give to patients in support of the initiative SFFC will track patient engagement, patient quit attempts, and the successful quit attempts.

We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of a grant from CVS Health’s Be the First Initiative. It will allow us to offer comprehensive smoking cessation services to our patients, a preventative health service that uninsured patients frequently do not have access to.” Emily Hurstak MD, MPH, MAS, Assistant Director, SFFC.

 “As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to building healthier communities and we believe that providing smoking cessation programs is one of the most effective ways to help people quit smoking and lead tobacco-free lives,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, CVS Health. “We are pleased to support the work that the San Francisco Free Clinic does in the community and we look forward to working with them in fulfilling their program’s mission.”

In 2016, CVS Health announced Be The First, a five-year, $50 million initiative to help deliver the first tobacco-free generation and extend the company's commitment to helping people lead tobacco-free lives. With support and funding through CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation, Be The First supports comprehensive education, advocacy, tobacco control and healthy behavior programming delivered by a group of national partner organizations. For more information about Be The First and CVS Health's broader commitment to tobacco-free living, please visit www.cvshealth.com/bethefirst.


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