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News Article | May 16, 2017
Site: www.reuters.com

(Reuters) - CVS Health Corp's Omnicare unit has agreed to pay $8 million to resolve claims that its prescription verification system resulted in false claims being submitted to government healthcare programs.

News Article | May 16, 2017
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On Monday, shares in Woonsocket, Rhode Island headquartered CVS Health Corp. rose 0.32%, ending the day at $80.47. The stock recorded a trading volume of 3.79 million shares. The Company's shares have advanced 3.88% in the last one month, 2.91% over the previous three months, and 3.25% since the start of this year. The stock is trading above its 50-day moving average by 1.52%. Moreover, shares of CVS Health, which together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 51.30. On April 28th, 2017, research firm Tigress Financial initiated a 'Buy' rating on the Company's stock. On May 12th, 2017, CVS Health announced that Larry Merlo, the Company's President and CEO, will be speaking to investors at the UBS Global Healthcare Conference on May 24th, 2017 at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET. An audio webcast of the event will be broadcast simultaneously under the Investor Relations portion of the Company's website. CVS complete research report is just a click away and free at: Shares in Saint Louis, Missouri headquartered Express Scripts Holding Co. ended the day 1.16% higher at $60.32 with a total trading volume of 4.34 million shares. The stock is trading below its 50-day moving average by 6.99%. Shares of the Company, which operates as a pharmacy benefit management company in the US, Canada, and Europe, have an RSI of 36.63. On April 26th, 2017, research firm Edward Jones downgraded the Company's stock rating from 'Buy' to 'Hold'. On May 08th, 2017, Express Scripts announced that it will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Health Care Conference on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, at 2:20 p.m. ET. The presentation will be broadcast via the Internet and can be accessed under the Investor Relations section of the Company's website. The complimentary report on ESRX can be downloaded at: At the close of trading on Monday, shares in Hartford, Connecticut-based Aetna Inc. finished 0.48% lower at $142.21. A total volume of 4.29 million shares was traded, which was above their three months average volume of 2.64 million shares. The stock has advanced 10.56% in the last one month, 16.97% over the previous three months, and 15.36% on an YTD basis. The Company's shares are trading above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 7.69% and 16.23%, respectively. Additionally, shares of Aetna, which operates as a health care benefits company in the US, has an RSI of 70.10. On May 09th, 2017, Aetna announced that Chairman and CEO, Mark T. Bertolini, is scheduled to present at the 2017 UBS Global Healthcare Conference in New York City on Monday, May 22nd, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. ET. A live, audio webcast will be accessible on the Company's Investor Relations website. Sign up for your complimentary research report on AET at: Bloomfield, Connecticut headquartered Cigna Corp.'s shares recorded a trading volume of 1.58 million shares at the end of yesterday's session, which was higher than their three months average volume of 1.31 million shares. The stock closed the day 0.04% higher at $162.10. The Company's shares have advanced 7.77% in the past month, 11.17% in the previous three months, and 21.56% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 5.72% and 16.42%, respectively. Additionally, shares of Cigna, which provides insurance and related products and services in the US and internationally, have an RSI of 66.22. On May 08th, 2017, research firm RBC Capital Markets reiterated its 'Outperform' rating on the Company's stock with an increase of the target price from $172 a share to $177 a share. On May 12th, 2017, Cigna announced that the merger agreement with Anthem has been terminated. Anthem did not appeal the Delaware Court of Chancery's decision denying the former's motion for a preliminary injunction that sought to prevent Cigna from terminating the merger agreement. Cigna seeks prompt payment of the $1.85 billion reverse termination fee, and will pursue its claims for additional damages of over $13 billion against Anthem for the harm that it caused the Company and its shareholders. Get free access to your research report on CI at: Stock Callers (SC) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and micro-cap stocks. SC has two distinct and independent departments. 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ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Surescripts continues to put actionable patient intelligence in the hands of hospitals and health systems with the expansion of its Medication History for Panel Management (“Panel Management”) data service. With the addition of CVS Health and Express Scripts, the service now provides dispensed prescription data coverage for over three-fourths of U.S. patients. Surescripts launched Panel Management in September 2016, and now provides a single connection to 14 pharmacy chains nationwide, six PBMs and eight independent pharmacy aggregators, providing the most comprehensive prescription dispensed data to enable more effective population health management. “Prescriptions are a critical tool for treating chronically ill patients, who account for 91% of all prescriptions in the U.S. As such, timely and secure access to dispensed medication data is essential for hospitals and health systems pursuing more effective population health management,” said Tom Skelton, Chief Executive Officer of Surescripts. “The rapid expansion of our Panel Management service delivers critical data to providers about patient adherence, gaps in care, and other medication patterns for patient populations, particularly those who are chronically ill and high-volume users of the system.” To date, Surescripts has securely delivered more than two million HIPAA-compliant medication histories through its panel management service nationwide. This intelligence is allowing healthcare providers to better manage high risk patient populations and ultimately improve care. For example, Panel Management enables providers and care managers to quickly identify patients who pick up medications from out-of-network prescribers at incorrect dosages. Providers are also given insight into patient medication adherence patterns, such as patients who habitually pick up 30-day refills of hypertensive medication in 45-day intervals. “The PDC (Proportion of Days Covered) tool developed by Parkland’s Information Technologies division in collaboration with Surescripts has provided valuable clinical insight into the plan of care provided to our patients,” said Jon McManus, Director of Enterprise Data Governance at Parkland Health & Hospital System. The most recent pharmacies and PBMs to connect to Surescripts Medication History for Panel Management service include: “Dispensed prescription data is invaluable to providers looking to deliver high quality care, particularly when they are responsible for at-risk populations,” said Troyen Brennan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at CVS Health. “Connecting with Surescripts to supply comprehensive patient medication information at the point of care advances interoperability and improves patient care by bringing pharmacists and physicians closer together.” “Access to complete and timely medication information is essential for positive health outcomes,” said Lynne Nowak, MD, VP, Clinical and Provider Solutions at Express Scripts. “With data provided through Surescripts Medication History for Panel Management solution, we are empowering providers to deliver the best possible care for their patients and drive better population health management.” For more information on Surescripts Medication History for Panel Management, please click here. Our purpose is to serve the nation with the single most trusted and capable health information network. Since 2001, Surescripts has led the movement to turn health data into actionable intelligence to increase patient safety, lower costs and ensure quality care. Visit us at www.surescripts.com and follow us at twitter.com/surescripts.

The Long Live Skin campaign will start by focusing on proper sun safety during May, which is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  The campaign will continue throughout the summer and will include in-store signage with information and tips on sun protection and skincare, additional videos with skincare advice shared via social, digital and radio, as well as special weekly ExtraCare offers on skincare, sun care and more. "We are proud to launch the Long Live Skin campaign to educate and engage consumers around skincare, and this program is a natural extension of CVS Pharmacy's ongoing efforts to help customers on their path to better health," said Judy Sansone, Senior Vice President of Front Store Business & Chief Merchant at CVS Pharmacy. "Taking good care of your skin is part of taking care of your health, so we're making it easier than ever for our shoppers to access the information and products they need, including those with greater skin health benefits." In addition, CVS Pharmacy and Johnson & Johnson have partnered with the American Cancer Society to create exclusive content for in store signage, cvs.com and the CVS Pharmacy circular.  CVS Pharmacy Beauty Consultants will share the information and tips on the importance of proper sun care and skin health with customers.  Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 for every Neutrogena or Aveeno product with SPF 15 or higher purchased from June 18-24 to the American Cancer Society to help prevent skin cancer. "We applaud CVS Pharmacy for working on a campaign to educate and empower consumers to be more proactive regarding skin health," said Dr. Richard Wender, American Cancer Society Chief Cancer Control Officer.  "We are thrilled to participate in this partnership that focuses on skin cancer prevention and early detection—to help ensure a healthy and safe summer for everyone." The Long Live Skin campaign is also supported by other initiatives focused on healthy skincare and the importance of sun protection: To learn more, https://www.cvs.com/longliveskin.  To join the Long Live Skin conversation online, share your best skincare advice with #AdviceToMyYoungerSelf on your social channels. CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy is available at http://www.cvshealth.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cvs-pharmacy-launches-long-live-skin-campaign-to-increase-awareness-around-sun-safety-and-skin-health-300457373.html

News Article | May 19, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ParTech, Inc. (PAR), a leading global provider of point of sale (POS) and workforce efficiency solutions to the restaurant and retail market, today announced that TempAlert, a specialist in temperature monitoring, has become an IoT integration partner with PAR’s SureCheck® Advantage Food Safety Solution. ParTech, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR). TempAlert will seamlessly integrate with SureCheck to enable 24x7 remote monitoring. Combined, these solutions maximize operational efficiency, compliance, and quality control. SureCheck has layered in remote sensor technology, which combined with Intelligent Checklists, Mobility, and Cloud, ensures critical temperatures are consistently captured and monitored in kitchens, serving areas, holding areas, and while in transit, from ‘farm to fork.’ The SureCheck solution is further strengthened by TempAlert IoT to go further in protecting brands, consumers, and the bottom-line. “This exciting partnership with TempAlert will expand PAR’s product offering for grocery, contract food, C-Store, fast casual, and quick-service restaurants,” said John Sammon III, GM, SureCheck, ParTech, Inc. “The decision to partner with TempAlert was driven largely by organic demand from our customer base. We have a number of pilots in place with both existing and potential new customers. The enthusiasm for the combined solution underscores the value proposition for our customers.” PAR SureCheck® is a mobile client-based, automated solution that provides checklist management for Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety programs and employee-assigned tasks. The SureCheck platform comprises three integrated technologies that are easy to use and quick to deploy: The SureCheck mobile application (running on Windows Embedded Handheld and iOS devices), a multi-mode wireless temperature-measuring device, and a cloud-based enterprise configuration and reporting server application. SureCheck is currently deployed in 14,000 distinct locations globally. TempAlert was founded in 2005 to transform how organizations sense, monitor, and make decisions. TempAlert set out to enable sensor-driven decisions and to focus on big challenges. TempAlert automates monitoring for food and medication safety and compliance, and monitors critical equipment and tanks for product quality and preventative maintenance. Today, TempAlert has earned the trust of the most critical government, commercial, and non-profit institutions in the world. The TempAlert systems enable real-time sensor-driven decisions at over 2,000 organizations in 75 countries, including Walmart, CVS Health, SpaceX, Apple, Coca Cola, McDonald’s, and the US Department of State. PAR Technology Corporation's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PAR. PAR’s Restaurant/Retail segment has been a leading provider of restaurant and retail technology for more than 30 years. PAR offers technology solutions for the full spectrum of restaurant operations, from large chain and independent table service restaurants to international quick service chains. Products from PAR also can be found in retailers, cinemas, cruise lines, stadiums and food service companies. PAR’s Government segment is a leader in providing computer-based system design, engineering and technical services to the Department of Defense and various federal agencies. For more information, visit https://www.partech.com/ or connect with PAR on Facebook and Twitter.

Dr. Yehia is leading the VA in its transformational journey to provide Veterans with easy access to personalized care from a robust network of federal and private providers. "Partnerships between VA and private providers are essential to delivering care in the diverse geographies where Veterans live," he said. This sentiment is echoed by TriWest, one of VA's partners in administering the Veterans Choice Program. President and Chief Executive Officer of TriWest, David J. McIntyre, Jr. states, "TriWest values greatly the partnership with community providers who share our commitment to providing Veterans timely, high quality, and convenient health care." "This new public-private collaboration between CVS, TriWest and the VA is an important step forward in enhancing choice and flexibility in Veterans' health care," said Senator John McCain. "I've long believed that Veterans in need of routine health care services should not have to wait in line for weeks to get an appointment when they can visit community health centers like MinuteClinic to receive timely and convenient care. Thanks to the leadership of CVS Health and the VA, Phoenix's nearly 120,000 Veterans will now be served at 24 different area MinuteClinic locations for minor health care services." This innovative program provides Veterans with more options and access points for receiving care for a wide array of minor illnesses and injuries. "We are thrilled to have this new partnership for Phoenix area Veterans. Increasing access and availability of care is crucial. In sending Veterans out into the community, however, we are always conscious of providing the best care coordination we can. We are working to leverage technology to share important clinical information and ensure care continuity," said Dr. Maureen McCarthy, PVAHCS Chief of Staff. To facilitate care coordination, the partnership will share electronic health information in the same manner that proved successful in a similar program launched in 2016 with the Palo Alto VA Health Care System. MinuteClinic visit summaries will be sent to a Veteran's VA primary care physician. This ensures the VA physician has the clinical information necessary for follow-up services in the VA, if appropriate. Veterans who call the Phoenix VA Health Care System Help Line at 602-222-6550 or 800-574-7174 (toll free) can be referred to one of the 24 MinuteClinic locations in the Phoenix area for treatment of common acute illnesses. "We believe in the MinuteClinic model of care and are excited to offer our health care services as one potential solution for the Phoenix VA Health Care System and its patients with minor illnesses and injuries," said CVS MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer, Tobias Barker, M.D. "We're looking forward to working with the Phoenix VA Health Care System team to ensure that their patients have additional options for high-quality acute care at times and locations that are convenient for them." To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/phoenix-va-health-care-system-triwest-and-cvs-health-partner-to-increase-veteran-access-to-health-care-services-300440626.html

"After much deliberation, the awards committee is pleased to recognize these four finalists for the Leadership Award," said George Westerman, Award co-chair. "These individuals show that managing IT is no longer enough for CIOs.  Great CIOs play a critical role in driving digital transformation for their companies." Carlo Bozzoli Carlo Bozzoli is the Head of Global Information and Communications Technology at Enel, an Italian multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas. He also sits on the advisory boards of several major international vendors, EuroCIO associations and the Management Academy for ICT Executives at the School of Management of the Polytechnic University of Milan. Prior to his current role, Mr. Bozzoli was Head of Network Commercial Services for the Infrastructure & Networks Division in Italy, where he was responsible for metering, energy balance, energy traders management, grid connection, billing and credit management, service quality and customer care. "Digitalization is not an ambition, it is a necessity," said Mr. Bozzoli. "We are deeply convinced that it's not only a matter of technology, but a widespread digital culture is needed to be fostered all over the company." Julia Davis Julia Davis is a Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Aflac, an insurance company and the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the U.S. Ms. Davis oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives of Aflac's Information Technology (IT) Division. She has cultivated a strong IT Division by leading Aflac's IT Apprenticeship program and an innovative "reverse mentoring" program that pairs millennials with senior team members. "I am both humbled and proud to be among the 2017 MIT CIO Leadership Award finalists, each of whom represent the leading visionaries in the United States," said Ms. Davis. "Aflac has such a strong commitment to finding innovative ways to serve our customers who, when injured or ill, need their benefits fast. It is very rewarding to be part of the team that carries out this crucial mission." Dave Gledhill David Gledhill is Group Chief Information Officer and Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS Bank, a leading Asian bank and "World's Best Digital Bank." In his roles, Mr. Gledhill is focused on strengthening the bank's technology and infrastructure platform to drive greater resilience, organizational flexibility and innovation. Mr. Gledhill also plays a lead role in driving the bank's innovation agenda, which encompasses design thinking, agile methodology, data analytics, and more. Mr. Gledhill's portfolio also includes responsibility for the group's operations, which is focused on reimagining customer journeys and the way business is supported, so as to make banking simpler and more effortless for customers. "I am truly honored to be acknowledged by MIT, an organization that has always been at the forefront of driving innovation and supporting leaders in generating business value through technology," said Mr. Gledhill. "We at DBS have also recognized the importance of building a strong innovation led mindset to reimagine banking. In fact, one of the core facets of this journey has been how each and every person at DBS has been involved in driving and adopting these transformational changes. I'd therefore like to share this honor with all at DBS who have been a part of our success." Stephen Gold Stephen Gold is the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for CVS Health, a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Mr. Gold is the company's senior technology executive and has responsibility for all information systems and technology operations, including information technology strategy, application development, technology infrastructure, and business and technology operations. "On behalf of my colleagues who embrace innovation as a core value and deliver products and services that help people on their path to better health, I am deeply honored to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious award," said Mr. Gold. After two rounds of extensive review, a panel of judges that includes CIOs, academic researchers and IT professionals selected the award finalists who exhibit the key traits of a CIO leader in the following areas: These criteria are adapted from the award-winning book The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value, which draws extensively upon research conducted at MIT Sloan. For more details and to view the full agenda for the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, please visit www.mitcio.com. About the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the premier global conference for CIOs and digital business executives to become more effective leaders. In one day, CIOs and senior IT executives explore enterprise technology innovations, business practices and receive actionable information that enables them to meet the challenges of today and the future. The Symposium offers a unique learning environment by bringing together the academic thought leadership of MIT with the in-the-trenches experience of leading, global CIOs and industry experts. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). For more information and to register for this year's Symposium, visit www.mitcio.com. Editor's Note: Journalists interested in press credentials should contact Caroline Legg (caroline@warnerpr.com or 978-255-4488), Warner Communications. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mit-sloan-cio-symposium-names-leading-chief-information-officers-as-finalists-for-2017-leadership-award-300442881.html

News Article | April 23, 2017
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Tech Times reported on Feb. 25 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report revealing that mortality rates due to drug overdose have more than doubled since 1999. The death toll caused by opioids definitely affects not only patients who involuntarily become addicted to prescription drugs but curious children who are exposed to them as well. The Cherokee Nation, however, has had enough of the opioid that crisis plaguing the United States and tearing families apart. In response to what it considers negligence on the part of pharmaceutical companies, the sovereign Indian nation filed a lawsuit against five companies in tribal court. The lawsuit was filed on April 20 at the District Court of the Cherokee Nation and accuses Mckesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., Amerisourcebergen, CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The Cherokee Nation believes that the abovementioned pharmaceutical companies failed to properly monitor opioid prescriptions and turned a blind eye on the issue for the sake of profit. According to the lawsuit [PDF], the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) estimated that 845 million milligrams of opioids were distributed in the 14 countries that compose the Cherokee Nation in 2015. On the same year, Mayo Clinic computed that the defendants distributed approximately 7,200 milligrams of opioids, which roughly translate to 360 to 720 pills per prescription drug user. "As we fight this epidemic in our hospitals, our schools and our Cherokee homes, we will also use our legal system to make sure the companies, who put profits over people while our society is crippled by this epidemic, are held responsible for their actions," Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. The Cherokee Nation is not the first government to strike against pharmaceutical companies. In February, Erie County in New York sued four other pharmaceutical companies for costing the county millions of dollars annually just to fight the crisis. West Virginia also filed lawsuits to several pharmacy chains and distributors. In a statement, CVS Health said that it enforces strict policies to avoid what the company is being accused of. "[CVS Health has] stringent policies, procedures, and tools to ensure that our pharmacists properly exercise their corresponding responsibility to determine whether a controlled substance prescription was issued for a legitimate medical purpose before filling it," the company says. Gabriel Weissman, spokesperson for AmerisourceBergen, released a statement saying the company immediately stops the shipment of orders that seem suspicious. Cardinal Health, on the other hand, said that the company will defend itself against the accusation, adding that the lawsuit would not help improve the current situation. McKesson and Wal-Mart have not commented on the lawsuit and while Walgreens declined to comment. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With an estimated 109,000 young men and women not in school or the workforce – nearly 13 percent of youth – the Dallas metro area has one of the highest rates of youth disengagement in the nation1. In response, a national coalition of more than 50 leading U.S. companies known as the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will come together on Friday, May 19, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to host the Dallas Opportunity Fair – an unprecedented, day-long hiring event aimed at Opportunity Youth – 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in school or working. The event will feature recruiters and resources from top U.S. companies including Starbucks, FedEx, JCPenney, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Delaware North, Republic Services, Domino’s, Sprinkles, Five Guys, Target, Hilton Worldwide, Teavana, HMSHost, T-Mobile, Ulta Beauty, Macy’s, Villa, Papa John’s, Walgreens and Walmart. Together, they are offering more than 1,700 guaranteed job interviews throughout the day for local positions, as well as the opportunity to connect with more than 30 job-readiness and social services, including resume writing, interview skills, and college and financial aid applications – making this the largest and most comprehensive opportunity youth hiring fair ever hosted in Texas. Based on past events in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle, the coalition expects to extend hundreds of immediate, on-the-spot job offers at the May 19 event. It will also look to sustain investment in Dallas over the next few years, partnering with local organizations to create ongoing impact. “FedEx is dedicated to helping young people gain the skills and career connections necessary to find available jobs on the path to starting their careers,” said Kim Dixon, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Office. “We’re proud to be a founding member of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative coalition of leading companies and look forward to connecting with young talent in the Dallas area.” “JCPenney is proud to be one of the founding members of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative coalition and we are in awe of the tremendous progress the cause has achieved in just under two years. We are excited for the next Opportunity & Job Fair to be hosted in our hometown of Dallas, home to a dynamic and thriving retail community,” said Marvin Ellison, chairman and CEO of JCPenney. “A job in retail can be the start of an exciting career path with a variety of opportunities for anyone who is passionate about delivering great products and exceptional customer service. We look forward to continuing our support of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative by engaging young job seekers to join the JCPenney stores team.” Launched in 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ reached its original goal of hiring and engaging 100,000 opportunity youth two years ahead of schedule. But with an estimated 4.9 million young Americans still left out of the U.S. economy2, the coalition has since expanded its commitment to a new goal of 1 million hires by 2020. Each of the companies and organizations involved share a commitment to helping youth connect with employers and develop basic job skills. The goal is to get these young men and women into the workforce and on to a long-term pathway to success. “Connecting America’s underserved youth to a pathway to employment has the potential to create an enormous ripple effect on our businesses, communities and the economy. And, we are excited to launch our next hiring fair in Dallas,” said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company. “Through a series of initiatives, including our work with the coalition, Starbucks has hired more than 40,000 Opportunity Youth. This has prompted us to expand our own goal to 100,000 hires by 2020. These young men and women are thriving in the Starbucks environment, demonstrating that opportunity youth can be an invaluable pipeline of talent for a company like ours, as we look to fill 68,000 new jobs in the U.S. in the next five years.” “Since joining the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Pizza Hut has successfully filled thousands of jobs including several manager-level positions,” said Artie Starrs, President, Pizza Hut, U.S. “We are like-minded in the coalition’s mission of empowering youth to reach their full potential. We look forward to engaging with the smart, talented and ambitious youth in the city in which we work and live.” In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and around the country, youth unemployment still tops 12 percent3, disproportionately impacting young people from underserved low-income communities. The coalition will work alongside Dallas’ civic and community leaders including the City of Dallas, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, United Way of Metro Dallas, City Square and other key partners to build on existing opportunity youth hiring efforts and ensure the initiative is sustained in the long run. “Our young people are the future of Dallas, and every one of them deserves an opportunity to achieve their full potential,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I’m grateful for the leaders of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and several Dallas-based companies and service providers that have stepped up. The May 19 Opportunity Fair will help launch a true employer-led, long-term effort to provide career and education pathways to thousands of opportunity youth in Dallas. I urge our local businesses to take part in this opportunity to strengthen our city, our local economy and the workforce of tomorrow by investing in our youth in the form of meaningful jobs and training opportunities.” “We believe it’s our collective responsibility to invest in getting these disconnected youth into the types of jobs that are required for them to lead rewarding, productive lives,” said Ashley Brundage, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Their future is our priority. We applaud the leaders of 100,000 Opportunities Initiative for bringing global leaders together to make a deep, lasting impact in our future. This partnership furthers our purpose of putting knowledge and opportunity at the footstep of so many eager minds. We are excited to collaborate on May 19 to empower, engage, and equip our next generation.” “We welcome the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to Dallas. The event gives corporations with a Dallas presence access to a goldmine of entry-level trainable talent,” said Laurie Bouillion Larrea, president at Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. “The benefits of youth employment are staggering. Early employment translates to higher earning in adulthood and better financial inclusion. Dallas-area companies need this talent and our Dallas youth need paid apprenticeship opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Youth Can Register for Guaranteed Job Interviews at the Dallas Opportunity Fair Interested candidates are invited to register for free and schedule an interview ahead of time for the May 19 hiring event at www.100kOpportunities.org/Dallas. Youth will also have access to more than 30 vital employment, educational and social services, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; opportunities for civic engagement like voter registration and national service; the chance to build an online candidate profile; and more. The event will also feature informative and inspirational performances and activities throughout the day. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ now includes more than 50 companies, including: Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Chipotle, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Domino’s, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Five Guys, Food Services of America, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, Hilton Worldwide, HMS Host, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, MOD Pizza, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Porch, Potbelly, Prudential, Red Robin, Republic Services, Savers, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Toms, Ulta Beauty, Villa, Walgreens, Walmart, and Yum!. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ is led by an Executive Committee which provides generous support. It includes FedEx, HMS Host, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Yum!, and Walmart Foundation. Premier sponsorship for the event in Dallas is being provided by FedEx Office, JCPenney and the JC Penney Foundation, and Starbucks and the Starbucks Foundation. As it has in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will partner with national and local organizations to provide continued investment in Dallas to create pathways to employment for Opportunity Youth in the region, including ongoing hiring fairs and other efforts to train and employ youth. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth who have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a successful career. For more information, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org. For a complete list of participating companies, community service organizations, funders and participants, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org. To learn more about the coalition’s impact at past hiring events, and what to expect at the Dallas Opportunity Fair on May 19, visit our YouTube video page at http://bit.ly/2oIozpo. Media interested in attending the event in Dallas must pre-register for credentials by contacting media@100kOpportunities.org.

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