CVS Health & LOFT Convene Latino Students

Alberto Avalos

Innovation and Technology Program Manager

HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND CVS HEALTH CONVENED TOP LATINO STUDENTS AT RHODE ISLAND HQ TO DISCUSS DIVERSIFYING HEALTHCARE FIELD AND DEVELOPING INITIATIVES TO BETTER SERVE COMMUNITY

US Sen. Jack Reed and Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli Participated in the Latest Element in the LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Healthcare Track

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and CVS Health once again hosted the CVS Health LOFT Forum in an effort for CVS leadership and top Latino students to exchange perspectives on diversifying the healthcare field and more effectively serve the Latino community. CVS has worked with HHF on developing the award-winning LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Healthcare track and the Forum is a component of the focus on the healthcare space. Additionally, this program will introduce the students to the various career opportunities within the healthcare field, including at CVS through internships, externships, mentorships or careers. HHF and CVS will also present case studies of current and future initiatives to the LOFTies for their input and potential participation. CVS WI will also work to secure a specific number of CVS internships as reserved for top HHF Youth Award winners and members of the LOFT Network or LOFTies.

The event took place at CVS Health headquarters on Friday, September 25th, from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., CVS Drive, Woonsocket, RI (press should contact Bayonia Marshall at Bayonia@hispanicheritage.org to coordinate attending). US Senator Jack Reed and Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli will be addressing the students along with HHF President and CEO Jose Antonio Tijerino.

“We are inspired and energized to work with our healthcare partner CVS Health in engaging top-thinking, innovative young minds on how to ensure the healthcare field looks like the changing population of America,” said Tijerino. “It’s important we leverage these young, accomplished leaders through their perspective since they are the audience we’re trying to reach and motivate. At the same time, the young leaders will receive invaluable advice and guidance from a leading healthcare company. I applaud CVS Health for working with HHF to have a thoughtful, two-way dialogue with youth on how to improve the industry – that is true leadership.”

As part of the LOFT Healthcare Track, CVS sponsors the Youth Awards Healthcare category as high-achieving Latino high school students receive grants in 12 regions for their leadership in the classroom and the community as well their interest in a career in healthcare. In addition, CVS provides guidance, connectivity and employment opportunities to the LOFT Network, which exceeds 100,000 vetted Latino students and young professionals. CVS has also developed the CVS LOFT Healthcare Fellowship to Latino students to gain valuable experience in the healthcare field through CVS efforts in the community.

About Hispanic Heritage Foundation and LOFT
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) was originally established by The White House in 1987 and inspires, prepares, and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the Latino community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org). HHF’s programs have been recognized by The White House, US Congress, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and even the government of Mexico.

LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) is the HHF’s award-winning, leadership and workforce development program focused on 10 “Tracks” or fields including healthcare, science, technology, engineering, education, public service, entrepreneurship, media and entertainment, finance and Latinas. Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other through the LOFT Network; thousands are prepared through trainings, priority-field-tailored symposia, workshops, and Charlas (online Google hangouts with experts); and hundreds are placed in internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Join and follow LOFT on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/hhfloft/ and Twitter – @LOFTInstitute.
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Contact: Bayonia Marshall, Bayonia@hispanicheritage.org