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Category: Medication Access

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

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

“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

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