How can I help my patients with social determinants of health in a sustainable way?
There are many factors that influence the health of your patients. Doing a great job with medications may not be enough for some. You want to help patients who are dealing with food insecurities, transportation issues, access to health care services, and other social determinants of health, but how? Here are two different models of providing this extra level of care in a sustainable manner.
Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Learning Objectives:
- Define social determinants of health and how they apply in the community pharmacy setting.
- Discuss new roles for pharmacy staff within a social determinants of health program in community pharmacy settings. Specifically, compare and contrast community health worker and social determinants of health specialist models.
- Discuss examples of social determinants of health-related programs and their sustainability models in community pharmacy settings.
Christopher Daly, PharmD., MBA, BCACP, clinical assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Chris’ academic and research passions are innovative community pharmacy models, entrepreneurialism, social and administrative pharmacy practice sciences, and clinical-based outcomes research. His professional efforts are to support the growth and sustainability of patient care services within community pharmacy settings.
Amanda Foster, PharmD, post-doctoral clinical research fellow, University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Amanda received her pharmacy degree from D’Youville College School of Pharmacy in 2019 and recently completed a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency at Middleport Family Health Center in western New York. Currently, she is a post-doctoral clinical research fellow at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, focusing in pharmacy health services outcomes and research. In addition, she is also completing her Master of Public Health degree and serves as a board member for the Pharmacists Association of Western New York. Amanda’s clinical and research interests in outpatient pharmacy include transitional care, geriatric pharmacotherapy, diabetes management, and social determinants of health.
David Jacobs, PharmD, assistant professor, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. David’s research is in pharmaceutical health services and outcomes research focused on the implementation of medication use interventions and patient care services in community settings.
Tripp Logan, PharmD, co-owner, L&S Pharmacy. Tripp and his father, Richard, have worked to train their technician staff members as community health workers and use these individuals as an extension of their pharmacy to improve care coordination and save patient lives.
ACPE UANs: 0207-0000-20-608-L04P | 0207-0000-20-608-L04T | 0.75 contact hour (0.075 CEU)