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Atlanta Gets CVS' Neighborhood Focus.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. -- CVS Health is embarking on a pilot project in the Tri-Cities area of Atlanta aimed at addressing diabetes in medically underserved communities with chronically high rates of the disease. In collaboration with Rimidi Inc., a digital health company, and selected community organizations, CVS Health will work to heighten awareness of diabetes and improve access to care among Tri-Cities area residents.

Through the collaboration, CVS Health and Rimidi will engage community-based organizations to ensure that at-risk residents can be identified for participation in the program. This grassroots approach will help ensure residents have access to care in their own communities with the help of best-in-class organizations that are providing health care and community services for those who need it most.

"Like many major U.S. cities, Atlanta has significant disparities in life expectancy across the metropolitan area, from 71 years in medically underserved communities to 84 years in more affluent neighborhoods. Our collaboration with CVS Health will build on the foundation laid by community partners to address these needs and to bring health care services to people where they live and work," said Rimidi founder and chair Dr. Lucienne Ide.

Together with community organizations, Rimidi and CVS Health will enroll residents onto the Rimidi platform and engage them in the diabetes education and support services offered through the pilot. The combination of hyper-local health care services through a pilot CVS Pharmacy location and digital services through Rimidi aims to decrease barriers to care and improve the patient experience.

CVS pharmacists and community certified diabetes educators will have the goal of supporting participants throughout the continuum of care, providing additional touchpoints that are designed to address their individual needs between primary care visits.

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Date:Nov 19, 2018
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