Culturally Appropriate Care in the Pharmacy: Treating Underserved or Marginalized Patient Populations


A panel of experts from various settings in the pharmacy field discuss the application of cultural humility and their own experiences when providing culturally appropriate care to underserved or marginalized populations.

With growing awareness of the impact of social determinants of health on patient outcomes, the role of the pharmacist in providing culturally appropriate care is an important element of addressing existing disparities underserved or marginalized populations face within the health care system.

To raise awareness within the pharmacy field, Pharmacy Times hosted a webcast discussion on the application of cultural humility within pharmacy practice. Experts in the field addressed their approach to working with underserved or marginalized populations and shared their own experiences within in their communities.

During the discussion, the panelists described the health disparities caused by inequities in care within the patient population their practice serves, reflected on their own identity and cultural background and how this has impacted their career journey and their practice, and shared advice for other pharmacists when interacting with a diverse patient population, especially in light of ongoing issues pertaining to vaccine hesitancy among those of various cultural backgrounds.

The panel for the webcast included Sally A. Arif, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP, affiliated faculty at the Center for Community Health Equity Faculty Advisor & Founder, Middle Eastern Pharmacist Association, an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy and clinical pharmacist, Cardiology Rush University Medical Center; Sheila K. Wang, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, associate professor pharmacy practice, program director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency, Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus; Alexander Maciejewski, PharmD, MSLD, ambulatory care fellow, Department of Pharmacotherapy and pharmacist, Range Community Clinic, Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Tyan F. Thomas, PharmD, MSMEd, BCPS, associate professor of clinical pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences; Regina Arellano, BS, PharmD, BCPS, assistant professor, pharmacy practice, Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus; and Sara Nimer, PharmD, BCPS, PGY2 ambulatory care resident, Midwestern University.

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