Expert: Representation of Black Populations in Pharmacy is Critical to Equitable Access to Vaccines, Care

Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir, PharmD, MPH, AAHIVP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, discusses the importance of Black pharmacists in creating equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Pharmacy Times interviewed Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir, PharmD, MPH, AAHIVP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy and critical care infectious diseases pharmacist, on her presentation at the National Pharmaceutical Association 2021 Virtual Convention on the importance of Black pharmacists in creating equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

During the interview, Abdul-Mutakabbir discussed how a lack of representation of minority populations can impact access to life-saving health care, how her background in pharmacy research helped to inform her perspective on the importance of representation in pharmacy, and how a lack of representation of Black populations among those conducting clinical research can affect the outcomes of Black patients being administered drugs and vaccines, as well as what could be done to increase interest in pursuing a career in the pharmacy field among young Black students who are assessing their future career paths.