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Chris Palombo announced as Chair for MedSurplus Alliance Council

Dispensary of Hope’s long standing relationship with the MedSurplus Alliance (MSA) is integral to the mission of expanding access to lifesaving medicine for the low income, uninsured. Dispensary of Hope CEO, Christopher Palombo is an advocate and active supporter of the MedSurplus Alliance and active Council member. The opportunity to chair the council aligns with Chris’s personal and professional mission. The MedSurplus Alliance is a program of The Task Force for Global Health a... Read More
at Friday, October 28, 2022

Dispensary of Hope announces the appointment of Bob Pollock to National Advisory Council

Dispensary of Hope continues to expand access to medicine for people in need across the country. The many years of growth and commitment to serve are empowered by individual servants and organizations. Bob Pollock is one of those individuals. Bob and his wife have a longstanding commitment to the community and are now formally extending that to Dispensary of Hope.  Bob’s esteemed career has earned respect among government and industry leaders. Today, Bob is retired from Federal se... Read More
at Friday, October 28, 2022

Understanding The Quintuple Aim

Cory Rogers, PharmD Candidate 2023, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization promoting health improvement by advancing the quality and value of healthcare in America. Recent events, including Covid-19 and provider burnout, have expanded the IHI Triple Aim to a Quintuple Aim. The goal of the Triple Aim was to articulate in an efficient way the aims of healthcare. The goals they proposed were to improve the pop... Read More
at Friday, October 14, 2022

The Opioid Crisis and Naloxone Pharmacy Access in the US

Tarik Barakta, PharmD Candidate 2023, Belmont University College of Pharmacy August 2022, for more information please visit, and Patients visit their community pharmacies about two times as often as they do with their own physician.1 Pharmacists are a major point of intervention for patients, and they can have a long-standing impact on their health. This translates into prescription consultations, immunizations, and complete medication reviews (CMR). As the prescri... Read More
at Friday, October 14, 2022

Thank you Cahaba Medical Care - Two Time Network Ambassador Award Recipients!

Cahaba Medical Care is a valued member of the Dispensary of Hope network since joining in 2017. With two clinic locations participating in the program, Cahaba Medical Care is actively expanding medication access to patients in Birmingham and Centreville, AL. To date, the clinics have dispensed over 120,000 prescriptions, free of charge to patients in need. The medications provided make the daily management of chronic diseases accessible and affordable, improving patients’ quality of lif... Read More
at Monday, September 26, 2022

Dispensary of Hope announces the appointment of Dan Leonard to National Advisory Council

Dispensary of Hope’s long standing relationship with the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) is integral to the mission of expanding access to lifesaving medicine for the low income, uninsured. Adding Dan Leonard to the National Advisory Council is a significant step toward serving more of the most vulnerable in the nation, improving health outcomes and reducing the overall healthcare cost burden. Christopher Palombo, Dispensary of Hope CEO, “I am pleased to welcome Dan L... Read More
at Tuesday, September 20, 2022

2022 STUDY Reveals Better Health Outcomes and Significant Cost Savings

Our mission to serve the most vulnerable with access to medication drives the ongoing commitment to measure and report on outcomes. In 2015, the Advisory Board Company produced a study and subsequent white paper that established the foundation of evidence of improved health outcomes and health system savings. We were not surprised but certainly pleased to see $650,000 in attributable savings per 1,000 patients. WATCH THE VIDEO. The 2015 study included one health system in a single geographic... Read More
at Thursday, August 25, 2022

Naloxone Saves Lives

  Bailey Dillon, PharmD Candidate 2023 Overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States with recent increases influenced by multiple factors including the COVID-19 pandemic.1 In 2019, over 70% of overdose deaths involved an opioid.2 In 2020, there was a significant increase in opioid overdose deaths with a total of 68,630. This has increased from less than 50,000 deaths due to opioids in previous years.3 Reasons for overdose include: intentional, acciden... Read More
at Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Impact of Increased Insulin Access Among Uninsured with Diabetes

  Bailey Dillon, PharmD Candidate 2023   Diabetes is a chronic disease that has a huge impact on one’s daily life and is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.1  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 37 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 5 don’t know they have it.2  Many of these patients become insulin resistant and therefore, require daily administration of insulin in order to main... Read More
at Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Ritesh Shah Charitable Pharmacy Gala

A View of the gathering (Photos : courtesy Chirag Patel – Universal Photography) June 26, 2022, the newly opened Ritesh Shah Charitable Pharmacy, first independent charitable pharmacy in New Jersey, held a gala to raise funds and celebrate those who contributed to their opening. The pharmacy’s mission is to increase access to medications, immunizations, health education, and pharmacy services for uninsured and underserved patients and reduce clinical and social health inequities... Read More
at Thursday, July 14, 2022

Meadville Area Free Clinic Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Meadville Area Free Clinic has been providing care to the most vulnerable patients in Crawford County and surrounding areas for 25 years. Their growing primary care services include a diabetes management program and a hypertension clinic. In partnership with the Dispensary of Hope for the past 4 1/2 years, they have dispensed nearly 5,000 free prescriptions, including insulin, to patients in need.  It was our honor to host Board Chair and Pharmacist, ... Read More
at Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Marketing Strategies to grow access for vulnerable populations - WEBINAR

Recorded from March 2, 2022 - hosted by Dispensary of Hope and Charitable Pharmacies of America Ideas and execution to identify and serve the most vulnerable featuring: Alex Evans, Medical Writer, Pharmacy Project Manager, Ascension Florida Pam Toney, Executive Director, Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine Taylor Reed, Executive Director, Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio Additional resources - Dispensary of Hope Marketing Toolkit   Read More
at Thursday, March 3, 2022

Individual Hero of Hope 2021 - Lucrecia Campisi

Each year, we recognize an individual within our network for going above and beyond in the extension of care to the vulnerable patients in their community. It was our honor to present Lucrecia Campisi, PharmD with the Hero of Hope Award in February in acknowledgment of all that she has done to champion medication access in New Jersey at Hackensack Meridian Health.   As a Population Health Clinical Pharmacist, Lucrecia has witnessed the struggle some patients face - choosing between bas... Read More
at Thursday, March 3, 2022

Voices of Access

  Tens of millions of people entrust their health to generics and biosimilars. Hear their stories. The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) launched the Voices of Access Report and Patient Stories at the Access! 2022 conference February 14-16 -  Event recap.     The Voices of Access Report includes a quote from Dispensary of Hope’s CEO Christopher Palombo. Dispensary of Hope team members attended the event to connect with medication donors a... Read More
at Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Hero of Hope Site Award

Each year, we bestow two Hero of Hope Awards - one to an individual and one to a partner facility. The Hero of Hope Award recipients go above and beyond for their patients, leading collaboration with others and inspiring systemic improvements to increase medication access within their communities. They implement innovative and meaningful ways to engage with and advocate for the most vulnerable among their patients. We are thrilled to announce that Community Volunteers in Medicine was select... Read More
at Monday, February 28, 2022

Building a Network for an Innovative Population Health Solution

Samantha Stewart PharmD Candidate, 2022 Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Transitions of Care Extern Hackensack Meridian Health Picture this: a patient, one of your regulars, comes to your clinic on an early Monday morning. Late last year, she came to your clinic newly-diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Initially, controlling her A1C posed a challenge after she was laid off from her full-time job. Yet ever since your clinic’s partnership with the ... Read More
at Thursday, January 13, 2022

Cheers Were Heard Throughout the Clinic!

In March, when Community Volunteers in Medicine announced the increase from 200% to 300% FPL (Federal Poverty Level) to their providers and volunteers, cheers were heard throughout the clinic. This increase means that more patients would now have access to medication at no cost to them.  Community Volunteer in Medicine staff Pharmacists, Suncire Moniz, Margaret Muller, and Susan Shughrue. (left to right)   Margaret Muller, Patient Assistance Coordinator, states that “Wit... Read More
at Monday, July 26, 2021

"If you’re only treating the medical side, then you’re putting a band-aid on a bigger problem."

Jamie Mothkovich - Executive Director for Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County met with Dispensary of Hope to discuss the impact of Mental Health treatment as a core element of a patient’s overall health.  Sometimes people think of mental health as completely separate from physical health, yet working in healthcare I’m sure you see first hand - the importance and interconnectivity between all of a patient's health needs. Can you speak to that, maybe how ha... Read More
at Monday, May 17, 2021

“It’s not unusual to seek counseling”

Karen Ehlmann, Clinic Manager and Mark Norwine, Counselor at Volunteers in Medicine Saint Charles met with Dispensary of Hope to discuss the impact of Mental Health treatment as a core element of a patient’s overall health. May is Mental Health Month, so we want to talk about how to change Mental Health stigma, with that in mind... If you could say one phrase to somebody who might be considering seeking help, what would that be? Mark: It’s not unusual to seek counseling. Counsel... Read More
at Monday, May 3, 2021

Farmacy in the City

Combining nutrition and medication to improve patient health and save lives Members of the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio Team (pictured left to right are Janessa Cohrs, Sarah Tandon, and Sarah Jones). The Charitable Pharmacy began as a joint project of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and Access Health Columbus, now the Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus. Since it opened in 2010, it has proven the value that strong community partnerships has on the ov... Read More
at Monday, March 22, 2021

“Now more than ever” isn’t just a clever slogan for one national non-profit - announcing National Advisory Council Officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/4/2020 Media inquiries: Matt Blount |  Many organizations are echoing the “now more than ever” refrain, but the Dispensary of Hope has been serving the needs of uninsured and low-income Americans for more than ten years. Now that the volume of need has expanded exponentially, the spotlight is brighter.  “Only a year ago, more than 25 million Americans were uninsured and over half of them were considered... Read More
at Friday, December 4, 2020

Dispensary of Hope Fiscal Year 2020 Report to the Community

Fiscal Year 2020 (July 2019-June 2020) has been a year of uncertainty, and the vast needs of low-income, uninsured Americans are expanding as the pandemic remains prevalent. The Dispensary of Hope team has not been untouched by the current events, and yet we proudly share that our work has remained consistent and our mission, strong.  We understand that we deliver more than just medicine. We deliver hope and improved quality of life to people who are suffering - and many are suffering... Read More
Posted by Mary Olson at Friday, October 30, 2020

2020 Network Ambassador Award Winner - CONE HEALTH!

For nearly five years, Cone Health Community Health and Wellness Pharmacy has been a valuable partner of Dispensary of Hope. Our shared mission of expanding medication access to low-income, uninsured patients has been the driving force behind our work together. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, Cone Health Community Health and Wellness Pharmacy is  within an internal medicine clinic. Since joining the Dispensary of Hope network in March 2016, the pharmacy has dispensed nearly 57,... Read More
Posted by Mary Olson at Friday, October 30, 2020


Our commitment to provide medication for people in need is unchanged. Over the past few months we have been monitoring COVID-19 and identifying plans and actions to help mitigate risk. We have already implemented early preparedness response mechanisms, and are now taking additional action.  The top priorities for Dispensary of Hope Safety and protection of employees, customers and the broader community Operational stability - to ensure that patients and our site partners w... Read More
Posted by Matt Blount at Monday, March 16, 2020

Thank you Nature's Willow

The commitment and effort to provide medication for the most vulnerable in our communities can only be delivered with the help of partners like Nature’s Willow.      The opportunity to partner with an organization like Nature’s Willow is a significant addition to our supply, by providing access to Nature's Willow Balm, a natural topical pain reliever. The expansion of over-the-counter, natural and homeopathic medication provides relief for patients that woul... Read More
at Monday, March 9, 2020

San Jose Clinic Event

  The Dispensary of Hope and San José Clinic celebrated five years of partnership on January 23rd, 2020 in Houston, Texas San José Clinic in Houston, Texas hosted a celebration of their partnership with the Dispensary of Hope. This partnership has served, and continues to serve thousands of patients in the Houston area with access to medication.  The Dispensary of Hope, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Nashville, TN, obtains prescription med... Read More
at Friday, January 31, 2020

Expanding access to life-saving insulin for diabetics that are uninsured and low income!

"Dispensary of Hope is excited to expand the ongoing effort with Lilly's insulin donation program," said Chris Palombo, Dispensary of Hope CEO. "Insulin saves lives, and the addition of donated Humalog and Basaglar KwikPens is important for the nation's uninsured, low-income community." Click Here to Read More Read More
at Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Dispensary of Hope Launches National Patient Awareness and Outreach Campaign

  DISPENSARY OF HOPE LAUNCHES NATIONAL PATIENT AWARENESS AND OUTREACH CAMPAIGN Celebrating Partnerships Across America to Provide Free Prescriptions to Those in Need Nashville, TN – January 7 – Dispensary of Hope is launching a national campaign to honor its partners – dispensing sites, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and funders – across America and to increase patient recruitment, Christopher Palombo, Chief Executive Officer of Dispensary of Hope announced to... Read More
at Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Becker’s adds Pharmacy Leadership in the C-Suite track to annual CEO + CFO Roundtable

This is a wonderful time of year, and not just because of the fall colors in Nashville, or that University of Tennessee football is in full swing. This time of year I’m always excited to attend Becker’s CEO/CFO Roundtable. This year’s conference runs November 11-13, 2019 in Chicago. As a leader in a mission-focused innovative non-profit, it’s always important to gain value from conferences, and Becker... Read More
at Friday, October 25, 2019

Mission House joins forces with Dispensary of Hope

The Mission House Clinic has announced a new partnership with the Dispensary of Hope, a nonprofit organization that helps provide medication to low-income patients. Announced on Tuesday, this partnership will solidify Mission House’s ability to continue to provide free pharmaceuticals to their clients who lack access to medication coverage and live who below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For Mission House’s chronically ill patients, access to free medication i... Read More
at Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Belmont University College of Pharmacy Healthcare Informatics Team Begins Collaboration with National Organizations to Provide Health Informatic Services

Belmont University College of Pharmacy Healthcare Informatics Team Begins Collaboration with National Organizations to Provide Health Informatic Services   Belmont University College of Pharmacy provides its students with the opportunity to pursue Healthcare Informatics as a concentration. Dr. Anthony Blash, Pharm.D., BCompSc., CPHIMS, Associate Professor and lecturer in the College of Pharmacy’s Healthcare Informatics concentration has created a sequence of five courses and a on... Read More
at Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Qualification Questionnaire

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at Friday, May 31, 2019

Dispensary of Hope’s Hillary Blackburn, Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Featured in Becker’s Pharmacy Report

Embracing technology is the biggest opportunity for pharmacies this year. Pharmacy leader Dr. Hillary Blackburn speaks with Becker’s about the ways in which pharmacy leaders can leverage technology to improve pharmacy programs.  Get the full scope here:Click Here Read More
at Friday, May 31, 2019

Dispensary of Hope Donated Medication Program Now Approved to Serve 50 States

at Friday, April 5, 2019

Dispensary of Hope's Dr. Hillary Blackburn on what makes a dynamic, influential leader

Becker's Hospital Review recently asked her to discuss the skills pharmacy leaders need in today's healthcare climate, how to control pharmacy spend and what needs to change in the healthcare industry.  Here's what she had to say.   Click Here to read the article.  Read More
at Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Partnership with University of MS Medical Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACT: Chris Palombo The Dispensary of Hope 615-736-5075 chris.palombo (at) <Dispensary of Hope Partners with the John D. Bower School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center >   NASHVILLE, Tennessee, December 1, 2018 --- The Dispensary of Hope, a licensed charitable medication distributor serving the United States, has established a partnership with The John D. Bower School of Population Healt... Read More
at Monday, December 3, 2018

Dispensary of Hope attends Neighborhood Health's annual breakfast.

Last week, Dispensary of Hope attended Neighborhood Health's annual breakfast. It was a great opportunity to learn about their community-based programs addressing infectious diseases in Nashville. We are so thankful for our partnership with Neighborhood Health and their commitments to providing medication access to the vulnerable.  Pictured below: James E.K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D President and CEO, Meharry Medical College Read More
at Monday, October 1, 2018

The Opioid Epidemic

The Opiod Epidemic - Pharmacist's Focus The opioid epidemic that has swept this nation in the last decade is a matter to not take lightly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people die from an opioid overdose every single day.1 These overdoses occur on opioid drugs that are both illegally obtained and legally prescribed.2 These medications include: Read More
at Friday, September 28, 2018

Eli Lilly Partners with The Dispensary of Hope

The Dispensary of Hope is proud to announce our partnership with Lilly to provide insulin to low-income, uninsured communities. Through this new initiative, thousands of patients will benefit from this program. We are incredibly honored to be a partner with Lilly through their new Lilly Diabetes Solution Center.    Read the full story here! Read More
at Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Dispensary of Hope Attends Mylan’s National Women’s Health Week Event!

Every year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health leads a week-long campaign to raise awareness and encourage women to take charge of their health.  Throughout the week, different events are hosted focusing on the unique health conditions affecting women.  The Dispensary of Hope had the privilege to attend a Mylan hosted event in celebration of National Women’s Health Week and achievements to address women’s unique health challen... Read More
at Friday, June 29, 2018

US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Staff visits Dispensary of Hope

The Dispensary of Hope visited this past week with Meredith Good-Cohn, Health Research Assistant for the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Senator Lamar Alexander.  We took time to described the quiet generosity of the medication manufacturer donors, as well as the outstanding work of our partner medication dispensing sites.   Pictured in the photo, (left to right) Christopher Palombo (CEO), Shakendra King (Distribution Associate), Catherine Estes... Read More
at Friday, June 1, 2018

The Dispensary of Hope visits Milwaukee & Chicago!

Earlier this month, members of the Dispensary of Hope team visited several new sites at Ascension - Wisconsin and AMITA Health in the Chicago, Illinois area that are being helped through the generous support pharmaceutical company donors  Ascension - Wisconsin Last year, Dispensary of Hope implemented ten sites that are ministries of Ascension in Wisconsin into the network of charitable dispensing sites. Earlier this month, the team had the opportunity to meet with several of the Asce... Read More
at Monday, May 21, 2018

FDA New Draft Guidance Review by Lachman

On Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published new draft guidance to help trading partners in the pharmaceutical supply chain request waivers or exemptions from requirements in the Drug Supply Chain and Security Act (DSCSA). The DSCSA, which was signed into law in 2013, aims to build a system by 2023 to identify and trace pharmaceuticals as they are distributed through the US supply chain, including the requirement of placing unique identifiers on medicine packaging that can... Read More
at Friday, May 11, 2018

The Dispensary of Hope visits East Tennessee

Last week, members of the Dispensary of Hope team visited dispensing sites in EastTennessee. The team had a great opportunity to see sites from three different cities in action, serving the most vulnerable of their communities. The sites visited were: East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Charitable Pharmacy in Johnson City, University of Tennessee Medical Center Pharmacy in Knoxville, and Morgan County Medical Center in Wartburg. ETSU Charitable Pharmacy  The team at ETSU Charitable... Read More
at Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pharmacy in Population Health

Hillary Blackburn, PharmD, Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Dispensary of Hope, shares a brief overview of pharmacy's role in population health.   Last week, the Dispensary of Hope hosted its Population Health Summit: "Exploring Population Health Management & the Pharmacist's Role." The summit delved into research and showcased ongoing efforts across the United States to provide medication access to vulnerable populations. With the help of our Keynote Speake... Read More
at Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Association for Accessible Medicines Launches National Prescription Safety Program on College and University Campuses

The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) has partnered with education technology leader EVERFI, Inc. to provide an online course on prescription drug safety to colleges and universities across the U.S.  To learn more about the impact of this new nationwide educational initiative, read the full article here.  Read More
at Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Starting Point for DSCSA Data Compliance

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was enacted in 2013 to improve the safety and security of medication distribution and dispensing in the United States, by keeping illegitimate product out of the supply chain.  Its detailed and multi phased implementation is changing the ways transactions happen, from manufacturers to the wholesale channel and finally to points of dispensing and patients.  There are many incremental steps along the path to full adoption, which began in 2-13... Read More
at Thursday, March 8, 2018

Why you Should Talk to Your Doctor About Drug Pricing

As drug prices rise, the number of patients abandoning their prescription medications is increasing.  One reason for prescription abandonment stems from the reluctance health providers and patients have in addressing the elephant in the room: financial affordability concerns.  Clinicians are beginning to account for the profound impact financial constraints have on treatments and how these should be handled as viable medical concerns.  Talking to your provider can lead to lower... Read More
at Thursday, March 8, 2018

Dispensary of Hope Featured in Tennessee Hospital Association

Last month, the Tennessee Hospital Association featured an article on the Dispensary of Hope program. The article highlights the Dispenary of Hope program for dispensing sites. We look forward to helping more sites reach more vulnerable patients in the United States. Read more here!   Read More
at Thursday, March 8, 2018

Dispensary of Hope Highlighted in HealthCare Distributor

The destruction and devastation inflicted by hurricane's Harvey and Irma were unprecedented. Among the many difficulties faced during these two disasters was the lack of medication access.  During both hurricane events, the Dispensary of Hope reached out to its industry association partners at the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) and the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) to facilitate the requests across the industry.  The response from our manufact... Read More
at Thursday, March 8, 2018