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Brittany Jennings
December 3, 2021

Stephanie Kiser, BSPharm.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in partnership with the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM) have been awarded a $399,175 grant from the Dogwood Health Trust to improve patient care, optimize medication use and access, and better chronic care management for individuals in Western North Carolina.

The project, titled “Patient-Centered Needs Assessment to Optimize Medication Use and Chronic Care Management in Western North Carolina: Building Upon Learnings from WNC Healthy Impact,” is led by Stephanie Kiser, BSPharm, Director of Rural Health at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and includes team members Mary McClurg, Pharm.D., M.H.S., Executive Vice Dean-Chief Academic Officer; and Mollie Scott, Pharm.D., Regional Associate Dean of the School’s Asheville Campus.

“Our Asheville campus has been in Western NC for 10 years and has continuously sought ways to engage and partner with communities and healthcare providers across the region to impact patient health outcomes. Working collaboratively with the Dogwood Health Trust and our regional stakeholders, we feel confident this grant will allow us to exponentially increase our efforts to advance pharmacy practice and education, while further enriching relationships to influence improved health,” Kiser said.

Collaborating with key regional stakeholders, which include, but are not limited to, Federally Qualified Health Clinics, Rural Teaching Practices and WNC Healthy Impact, the team will seek to gain greater insights into patient-centered needs in medication management to facilitate optimal medication use, equitable medication access and chronic care management across rural WNC.

The grant will provide support for the team to perform a targeted needs assessment across several predominantly rural counties in WNC.

The team plans to utilize findings to establish defining features of coordinated care delivery systems needed in the western region of the state to serve under insured/uninsured patients with complex medication plans and chronic health conditions which require support and coaching for optimal outcomes.

The grant will run through November 2023.

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