CVS Health is opening a new community resource and workforce development center in Baton Rouge

Specialized staff to offer comprehensive training in skills and job placement, as well as comprehensive health care services

BATON ROUGE, LA, APRIL 25, 2024 CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced the opening of a new community resource and workforce development center designed to help the Baton Rouge community overcome labor barriers and increase access to local health services.

Located at 5353 Essen Lane, the facility includes a Workforce Innovation and Talent Center (WITC), which provides comprehensive career skills training and job placement that includes a mock CVS Pharmacy store, a simulated pharmacy environment and authentic hands-on practice at your local CVS Pharmacy. locations It also includes a new Community Resource Center (CRC) supported by Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, a CVS Health company. The CRC provides the public, Aetna Medicaid members, and workforce program participants with on-site health needs assessments and education, help navigating their health benefits, computer access, and teleconferencing ‘latest generation, training in CPR and first aid and connections with a local. network of care providers.

With a dedicated team of professional skills coaches and care navigators from CVS Health, Aetna and community workforce organizations, the WITC/CRC combination is the first time the company has co-located these critical resources of the community, bridging the gap between professional training and health. services that help overcome impediments to stable employment.

As a leading healthcare solutions company, we know there is a strong connection between sustainable employment and health and wellness, said Jess Hall, CEO of Aetna Better Health Louisiana, a CVS Health company . With the combined resources of CVS Health and Aetna and our network of community partners, we are uniquely positioned to help people in Baton Rouge access the job skills training and health and wellness services they need to overcome barriers to employment, stay healthy and motivated. and finally succeed in your career.

According to a report from the Louisiana Department of Health, increased access to employment and vocational training programs are among the significant efforts to improve health outcomes.

I strongly believe in the power of public-private partnerships to drive positive change and create opportunities for our community. The partnership between Big Buddy Baton Rouge and CVS Health through the Majors Youth Workforce Experience (MYWE) exemplifies this commitment by providing invaluable workforce development environments and hands-on training to our future workforce, said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. By working together, we can ensure our residents have the skills and resources they need to thrive in today’s competitive job market. This partnership not only benefits the people involved, but also strengthens our local economy and fosters a brighter future for Baton Rouge.”

This summer will mark three years of CVS Pharmacy locations in Baton Rouge serving as host sites for summer externs enrolled in the MYWE program. By partnering with Big Buddy to source MYWE talent, CVS Health has made it possible for more than 50 Baton Rouge high school students to receive quality summer work and extracurricular experiences.

Working at CVS has really helped me strengthen my communication skills, because before my internship I was shy, but since then I’ve realized that I’m outgoing, said Aamya Johnson, 16, a MYWE intern who now works part-time as a CVS. Pharmacy retail associate after successful completion of an externship summer 2023. I love everything about my job, especially talking to customers. This opportunity has helped me decide that I want to pursue a healthcare career.

At the intersection of health care, the workforce and education, CVS Healths workforce programming has created pathways to employment in more than 1,150 US communities over the past few decades. By 2023, in partnership with federal, state and local agencies, nonprofit, faith-based and professional development organizations, the company streamlined access to meaningful work for more than 1,400 people.


About CVS Health

CVS Health is the leading healthcare solutions company, providing care like no other. We reach more people and improve the health of America’s communities through our local presence, digital channels and more than 300,000 dedicated colleagues, including more than 40,000 doctors, pharmacists, nurses and nursing professionals. Wherever and whenever people need us, we help them with their health, whether it’s managing chronic conditions, complying with their medications or accessing affordable health and wellness services in the most convenient way. We help people navigate the health care system and their personal health care by improving access, reducing costs, and being a trusted partner for every meaningful health moment. And we do it all with heart, every day. Follow @CVSHealth on social media.

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