Detroit’s urban neighborhoods suffer from healthcare disparity due to socioeconomic factors and scarcity of primary care clinics. As a result, high rates of unnecessary emergency department visits and hospitalizations continue to plague healthcare in Detroit.
Community pharmacists are arguably the most accessible healthcare professionals in existence today. Recently, new pharmacies have been opened in two of Detroit’s most desolate primary care deserts. Through community engagement and partnering with area healthcare systems, these pharmacies are well positioned to tackle this burden.
This proposal establishes two pharmacy-based primary care extender sites. At these sites pharmacists specially trained in chronic disease state management and transitional care work together with physicians, mid-level practitioners, and social workers in the effort to improve both access to and quality of primary care. Measured endpoints will include both health and humanistic outcomes.
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