Dima Qato Selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar
Dr. Dima Qato, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy (PSOP) and Center Affiliate of the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research (CPR) has been selected as a 2017-2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. She and her team will receive an award of $210,000 to support Dr. Qato’s goal to improve access to prescription drugs for residents living in pharmacy desert communities on Chicago’s West and South Sides that have been affected by pharmacy closures.
In partnership with local pharmacies and community health centers and through the support of Community Health Liaisons, Dr. Qato and her team will establish a "pharmacy referral" service where prescriptions are filled and delivered to patients in need at participating community health centers. Dr. Qato will also collaborate with local public health and policy officials, and pharmacy organizations to address the problem of pharmacy closures by advocating for legislative changes that prevent closures from occurring in the first place. Dr. Qato and her team will also begin an initiative to strengthen the capacity of existing CHCs located in pharmacy deserts to expand their services to include an on-site pharmacy. Dr. Shannon Zenk, Professor from the Department Health Systems Science is a co-investigator for this award.