Associate Professor, Dept. of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy Director
University of Southern California
HRSA Patient Safety & Clinical Pharmacy Collaborative 2.0
Safety net clinics continue to be overburdened by a rapidly-growing demand for healthcare services with limited staff and resources. Most safety net clinics do not employ pharmacists and struggle with the cost of medications for the uninsured, medication safety issues including basic medication counseling, and chronic disease management. The NCQA SOHS report consistently demonstrates that all measures of health care quality are significantly worse among the underserved.
Comprehensive clinical pharmacy services in the safety net clinic setting have demonstrated tremendous improvements in health care quality, cost savings, and medication safety. Schools of pharmacy that partner with safety net clinics enter a “win-win” relationship that offers a setting for an excellent faculty patient care practice, practice-based research, hands-on training for students and residents, and scholarly activity. Benefits and lessons learned from the USC School of Pharmacy partnerships with safety net clinics will be shared in this seminar.
Quoted from the 2010-2011 Philip C. and Ethel F. Ashby Distinguished Lecture Series Announcement Brochure