Opening General Session
A Lawyer’s Prescription for Pharmacists’ Role in Achieving Health Equity
Monday, July 13, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET
Live online Q&A with Dayna Bowen Matthew
Racial, ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities in the United States are well documented but the causes are still poorly understood. Dayna Bowen Matthew will identify some causes that are uniquely within reach of pharmacists to address. Pharmacists and their educators can defeat unjust and avoidable health disparities as they are often the most accessible and trusted healthcare professional available to underserved patient populations. Moreover, pharmacists are often intimately familiar with the neighborhood, environmental and family contexts in which patients live, work and play. As educators who train the pharmacy professionals and who are proximate to vulnerable patient populations, faculty are uniquely positioned to reduce and even eradicate disparities in vaccine coverage, substance dependency, diabetes, asthma and more. The presentation will identify biases that stand in the way of solutions that could dramatically reduce health disparities in America, and conclude by suggesting that the members of AACP hold the key to the prescription for health equity.