Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS Mark World AIDS Day with Commitment to Outreach, Education and Accessibility

More than 800 Walgreens pharmacists specially trained to help patients living with HIV/AIDS DEERFIELD, Ill., Nov. 30, 2010 – Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG) is marking World AIDS Day with an increased commitment to HIV/AIDS outreach, education and accessibility by partnering with Greater Than AIDS, a national movement that brings together the public and private sectors […]

More than 800 Walgreens pharmacists specially trained to help patients living with HIV/AIDS

DEERFIELD, Ill., Nov. 30, 2010 – Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG) is marking World AIDS Day with an increased commitment to HIV/AIDS outreach, education and accessibility by partnering with Greater Than AIDS, a national movement that brings together the public and private sectors in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States.

On Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, Walgreens will kick off its collaboration with Greater Than AIDS by streaming HIV messaging on the Walgreens digital board that rises 341 feet above midtown Manhattan in New York’s Times Square. In addition, more than 200 Walgreens drugstores in heavily-affected communities across America are debuting new signage and informational materials that carry a Greater Than AIDS message. All materials encourage customers to learn more about HIV and ways they can be Greater than AIDS by going to www.greaterthan.org/walgreens.

In June 2011, Walgreens will team up with Greater Than AIDS to support “HIV Take Action” Month with special promotions, and participating Walgreens pharmacies will offer in-store services – including HIV testing. And throughout the year, Walgreens digital billboards in Times Square and Las Vegas will post photos submitted by every day Americans that celebrate personal “deciding moments” in response to HIV/AIDS.
“Pharmacists are some of the most trusted health care professionals in the nation,” said Walgreens president of pharmacy services Kermit Crawford. “It’s our job to not only provide information about medication options but to also listen to patient needs. Our pharmacy staff will help play a large role in our effort with Greater Than AIDS to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, especially among African Americans and other disproportionately affected groups.”

“What is particularly powerful about the partnership between Greater Than AIDS and Walgreens is that it brings HIV information to people where they live, along with other health issues,” said Drew Altman, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which provides direction to Greater Than AIDS.. “Walgreens is setting a powerful example of corporate leadership by putting its brand and vast retail footprint behind an issue of such public health importance.”

More than 800 Walgreens pharmacists at retail and medical facility locations across the country and call centers are specially trained to help patients living with HIV/AIDS. Over the next year, Walgreens plans to add another 150 locations that offer special HIV/AIDS services. Online, patients can find more HIV/AIDS information regarding treatment, medications and support services at HIV.walgreens.com.

Last May, Walgreens joined the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, bringing its experience as a trusted pharmacy, health and wellness provider to the leading business movement on global health. GBC brings together businesses across various sectors to help fight global epidemics. As a resource for those impacted by HIV/AIDS, Walgreens is actively driving awareness around medication adherence, sensitivity and support through local outreach from its network of more than 7,600 community pharmacies and partnerships with local organizations across the country.

About Walgreens
Walgreens logoWalgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2010 sales of $67 billion. The company operates 7,608 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with pharmacy benefit solutions and respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Walgreens Take Care Health Systems subsidiary is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

About Greater Than AIDS
Greater Than AIDS (www.greaterthan.org) is an unprecedented collaboration among a broad coalition of public and private sector partners united in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States, in particular among Black Americans and other disproportionately affected groups. Through a national media campaign and targeted community outreach, Greater Than AIDS aims to increase knowledge and understanding about HIV/AIDS and confront the stigma surrounding the disease.

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CPS Will Educate 1,500 Students On HIV/AIDS At World AIDS Day Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 29, 2010 Media Contact: Martina Smith Office Phone: (312) 588-3361 Mobile Phone: (708) 250-1702 Email: Msmith@GoldStarC.com After School Matters acting ensemble to perform compelling awareness skit entitled “What Would You Do?” CHICAGO – December 1, 2010 – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to host 1,500 seventh through 12th grade students for […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 29, 2010

Media Contact: Martina Smith
Office Phone: (312) 588-3361
Mobile Phone: (708) 250-1702
Email: Msmith@GoldStarC.com

After School Matters acting ensemble to perform compelling awareness skit entitled “What Would You Do?”

CHICAGO – December 1, 2010 – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to host 1,500 seventh through 12th grade students for a World AIDS Day 2010 Teen Summit to educate students on the HIV and AIDS epidemic and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Ill., on Wednesday, December 1, from 9:55 AM to 12:30 PM.

The CPS teen summit is a platform to educate students on the realities of the HIV and AIDS and other STIs through a series of expert teaching sessions, informative skits and personal testimonials. Speakers and panelists will include: Chicago Department of Public Health STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Manager Yaa Simpson; Pediatric of Adolescent Medicine Dr. Margo Bell; HIV Advocates David Robertson and Joe Imbert, who also represents the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. In addition, the After School Matters acting ensemble will perform a captivating vignette entitled “What Would You Do?”, following a performance by local entertainer Verbal Kwest. Experts and advocates will come together to use this summit as an open forum to discuss the epidemic with students. The aim of the summit is to arm students with the facts to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS and other STIs.

According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, youth between 13 and 24 years of age represent 22 percent of the newly diagnosed HIV cases in Chicago, as reported in 2008. Ten to 19 year olds accounted for 11,633 of the reported cases for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in Chicago.

In addition to the teen summit, CPS partners with Walgreens and TrueStar Magazine annually to engage students in the HIV/AIDS discussion through the Expressions Against HIV/AIDS Awareness Art & Literacy Contest, which concluded on November 14. The Expressions finalists will be announced prior to the conclusion of the “summit”.

Expressions is an annual initiative focused on motivating teens 13 to 18 to creatively express their views on HIV/AIDS and other STIs. The Expressions Contest runs from September to November each year.

About CPS
Chicago Public Schools serves approximately 410,000 students in more than 670 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.

About Walgreens
Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2009 sales of $63.3 billion. The company operates 7,042 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most convenient access to consumer goods and services and cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services in America through its retail drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division and Walgreens Health and Wellness division. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and SeniorMed LLC (a pharmacy provider to long-term care facilities). Walgreens Health and Wellness Division includes: Take Care Health Systems, the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

About TrueStar Magazine
True Star Foundation strives to be a leader in youth programming by exposing teens to a diverse range of learning environments beneficial to their advancement and community. The foundation has three student operated and targeted multimedia programs: True Star magazine, the True Star blog site and True Star Radio show on Power 92, a top rated Crawford Broadcast radio station. Each program is designed to promote literacy and entrepreneurialism; cultivate professional and life skills; reduce youth delinquency rates by providing quality resources, training, and encouragement to inspire youth to recognize their full potential and pursue their dreams.

December 1st is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is commemorated around the globe on December 1st.  It celebrates the progress made during the epidemic and brings into focus the remaining challenges. This year the local theme is “get REAL get CARE”.  Chicago’s World AIDS Day 2010 will focus on ending the epidemic with hopes to accelerate the response to HIV […]

World AIDS Day is commemorated around the globe on December 1st.  It celebrates the progress made during the epidemic and brings into focus the remaining challenges. This year the local theme is “get REAL get CARE”.  Chicago’s World AIDS Day 2010 will focus on ending the epidemic with hopes to accelerate the response to HIV and AIDS by preventing new infections and promoting communication on all levels to ensure individuals living with the virus will receive prompt, ongoing, and excellent care.

World AIDS DayThere are tons of events going on in Chicago to commemorate World AIDS Day. View the WORLD AIDS Day events calendar.

Increasing awareness of sexually transmitted infections (STI) including HIV is a key to stopping the spread STI. Everyone is encouraged to access one of our clinics for free condoms, free counseling, testing, and treatment.

CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH STI CLINICS

For general CDPH information, please call 312-747-9884.

Roseland Clinic                                  200 E. 115th St.             312-747-2817

South Austin Clinic                           4958 W. Madison           312-746-4871

Uptown Clinic                                    845 W. Wilson               312-744-1935

Lakeview Clinic                                 2861 N. Clark                 312-744-5507

Englewood Clinic                               641 W. 63rd                  312-747-8900

West Town Clinic                              2418 W. Division           312-744-5464

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