Walgreens Names AIDS United Beneficiary of $25K Social Responsibility Award from UnitedHealthcare

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 16, 2013 – AIDS United has been selected by Walgreens as its charity of choice to receive a $25,000 donation from UnitedHealthcare. Walgreens recently received the third annual UnitedHealthcare “Shining Light: Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility” award for excellence in social responsibility. The award honors one UnitedHealthcare customer for its excellence in social responsibility, and includes $25,000 to be donated to a recipient’s charity of choice.

Walgreens was recognized for its outstanding HIV Centers of Excellence program, which provides community-based support to people living with HIV/AIDS by creating more than 700 HIV-specialized pharmacies that create vital links among patients, care providers, communities and health departments across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Since 2011, Walgreens has been a regular funding partner of AIDS United’s Social Innovation Fund-supported Access to Care (A2C Initiative).

“Walgreens has supported people living with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic more than 30 years ago,” said Glen Pietrandoni, senior manager for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis at Walgreens. “As our HIV Centers of Excellence locations continue to offer a new level of support and health and wellness guidance, we are proud to collaborate with AIDS United to help make a meaningful impact on prevention, treatment and the end of AIDS.”

“Walgreens has long demonstrated its commitment to improving the lives of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in the United States,” said AIDS United President and CEO Michael Kaplan. “AIDS United is honored to be named as Walgreens charity of choice as part of its Shining Light Award, and is grateful for its ongoing support in creating an AIDS-free generation.”

About AIDS United

Born out of the merger of the National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action in late 2010, AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. AIDS United combines strategic grantmaking and capacity-building with national advocacy and regional organizing to ensure access to life-saving HIV/AIDS care and prevention services and to advance sound HIV/AIDS related policy for U.S. populations and communities most impacted by the epidemic. With a budget of over $15 million, AIDS United provided more than $7 million in grants last year supporting more than 400 AIDS organizations across the United States.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 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 respiratory services. These services help improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,098 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is 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.

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