CVS Health, Governor Hogan, Rep. Mfume, Mayor Young Announce Opening of COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, M.D. – CVS Health, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Congressman Kweisi Mfume and Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today announced the opening of a rapid COVID-19 testing site in Baltimore. Licensed health care providers from MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, supported by CVS Pharmacy employees, will staff the testing operation. Testing will be provided at no cost to patients.

“Our partnership with CVS Health continues to deliver more tests to more communities across Maryland,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Whether you are part of a vulnerable population, are beginning to return to work, or have recently taken part in a large gathering, testing is becoming even more critical than ever.”

The site, located at 2401 Liberty Heights Avenue, and provided by Target in the parking lot of their former Mondawmin Mall store, will be open to the public by appointment. Patients will need to pre-register in advance by calling 401-318-5028, Monday – Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, to schedule a time slot for testing.

“I welcome CVS establishing a free COVID-19 community testing center in one of Baltimore City’s most vulnerable communities,” said Congressman Mfume.

Testing at the site is conducted inside a tent in the parking lot; a personal vehicle is not required and results will be provided on-the-spot.

“Baltimoreans stand ready to benefit from this community-based testing site stood up by CVS Health,” Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said. “Further increasing our testing capacity is a main part of our road to continuing to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in the City.”

In addition to offering testing together with several community partners across the country, CVS Health is offering drive-thru testing at more than 1,400 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide. Nearly sixty percent of these CVS Pharmacy test sites serve communities with the greatest need for support, as measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Social Vulnerability Index.

“Having community-based testing sites like this one in Baltimore is an important part of our comprehensive strategy to increase access to COVID-19 testing,” said David Casey, Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health. “Working with Governor Hogan, Congressman Mfume and Mayor Young to raise awareness about the availability of testing at this site in Baltimore helps us to continue to reach people in need of testing as we work to provide that care in a local and accessible manner.”

Puppets educate families about MD’s secondhand smoking law


Baby in car seat

Aetna Better Health of Maryland joined the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission Head Start/Early Head Start Program and the Allegany County Public Schools Judy Center as those organizations discussed the dangers of secondhand smoke with parents of local children. The health plan attended the event and shared benefit information with participants about the Ted E. Bear, M.D. Club Smoking Cessation Program.

Held at the South Penn and Beall Elementary Schools in Cumberland, the events educated parents about changes in the state law about smoking around children and brought together various county resources, including those that can help with smoking cessation. Read more here


Aetna Better Health of Maryland provides help for the HopeFul

Volunteers by Aetna van

Recently, Aetna Better Health of Maryland employees wrapped up a very special and spirited two-week toiletry drive campaign on behalf of Love the HopeFul. Love the HopeFul (LTH), a community-based nonprofit, provides education, food, clothing and inspiration to the homeless — some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens. Founder and CEO, Cynthia Brinkley Scott, purposefully uses the term “HopeFul” when referring to the people the organization serves as a way of reinforcing the organization’s goal to provide “HOPE to those in homeless shelters and on the streets of Baltimore City.”

Read more here.


There is a free AACME program co-sponsored by Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Medicaid Pharmacy Program and Health Information Designs, LLC (HID), in conjunction with St. Agnes Hospital on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The title of the program is "HIV Management in Primary Care." The deadline for the online registration is October 20, 2018. The link for more information and online registration is

HIV Management in Primary Care


Health plan employees help an urban food desert thrive



Aetna Better Health of Maryland Volunteers

This year, Aetna Better Health of Maryland has “adopted” the Park Heights Community Health Alliance (PHCHA) Urban Oasis project. The Urban Oasis project is a 9-month, annual community gardening effort that promotes sustainability and the benefits of the local food movement, along with neighborhood beautification, in an urban food desert area of Baltimore. Through this partnership, PHCHA will be able to provide fresh vegetables to community residents generated from the 2-acres of gardening space.

Recently, Aetna Better Health of Maryland employees participated in the "Big Dig" kick-off event to turn over the soil to prepare for upcoming planting. Employees will continue to provide support throughout the gardening season, with planting, pruning, harvesting and distribution of the crops.