Joint project addresses affordable health care for drivers

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Through a joint project between the Healthy Trucking Association of America and the Convenient Care Association, the national trade group representing the retail-based convenient care industry, retail clinics nationwide soon will be offering expanded medical treatments and services designed specifically for transportation industry employees.

The CCA is comprised of the nation’s largest operators of retail health clinics, which will be performing a variety of services customized for drivers, including U.S. Department of Transportation examinations, treatment of acute illnesses, chronic disease management, smoking cessation and weight loss management, to name a few.

“We are very pleased to be working with the CCA to bring these vital services to the professional driver community,” says Brett Blowers, HTAA spokesman. “CCA clinics are located in retail locations like major pharmacies and large supermarkets, which are much more accessible and affordable for drivers than traditional doctors’ offices or emergency rooms. The CCA has made a commitment to the HTAA and to our nation’s drivers to help their member clinics become very ‘trucker-friendly’ by providing ample truck parking and a number of new services designed especially for professional drivers and their families.”

The official launch of the HTAA/CCA driver medical care initiative will be announced March 1-3, 2011, at the HTAA Healthy Trucking Summit. Blowers says many CCA locations already have begun performing driver-specific services such as DOT exams and other services that appeal to drivers like flu shots, smoking cessation programs and a number of health and wellness screenings.