As a Company focused on health and wellbeing, promoting and supporting a range of initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve is a natural extension of our activities.
Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS offer free HIV testing
In the lead up to National HIV Testing Day on 27 June 2015, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to HIV/AIDS, worked with more than 215 health departments and local AIDS service organizations (ASOs) in 150 cities across the USA to offer free HIV testing.
Free tests, including those donated by Alere North America, BioLytical Laboratories and The D.I.V.A. Foundation, were available at the testing sites located at select Walgreens stores in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, St. Louis and San Francisco, among other cities during a three-day period.
National organizations including The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Black AIDS Institute supported the events by encouraging community members to know their HIV status and take advantage of free HIV testing. State and local health departments and ASOs provided trained counselors to conduct the testing and provided results on-site within minutes.
For five consecutive years, Walgreens has worked in collaboration with Greater Than AIDS and various community partners to increase access to free testing and have helped more than 27,000 people know their HIV status.
Boots UK strives to provide best cancer information and support with Macmillan Cancer Support
Together with Macmillan Cancer Support, a UK based cancer support charity, Boots UK works to ensure that everyone, wherever they are in the country, has access to the best cancer information and support in their local community. This is the sixth year of the partnership with the charity and employees have raised over $1.4 million in the eight months to 31 August 2015, bringing the total to more than $18 million since the partnership began.
In January 2015, Boots launched a campaign with Macmillan Cancer Support called ‘Here to help you with cancer.’ The campaign ran across all Boots stores and encouraged customers to talk to Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists or Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors about cancer-related issues – however big or small.
In addition to offering specialized health and beauty expertise, all employees were encouraged to find out more about how they could help people living with cancer locally, including raising awareness of Macmillan Cancer Support services. The campaign was also supported with public relations, including social media and oncology media.
Boots Ireland launches the ‘Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacists’ role
Boots Ireland partnered with the Irish Cancer Society to help ensure that people living in Ireland will have better access to cancer services.
To help achieve this, Boots Ireland launched the ‘Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacists’ role to raise cancer awareness and provide patients and local communities with access to information on cancer, as well as support and referrals. This is the first time the role of a Boots pharmacist in Ireland has been extended to offer this level of cancer support.
Boots Ireland stores have also trained Boots beauty advisors to provide in-store and community support to help women manage the visible side effects of cancer.