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UCSF pharmacy school receives major grant from Amgen Foundation for Medicare Part D outreach

ine interaction pharmacists have with seniors on a regular basis. Serve as a model of collaboration across the healthcare spectrum by engaging students in pharmacy, medicine and nursing. Create new curricula for students, underscoring the importance of health policy literacy among healthcare professionals. Grow to meet the needs of California underserved seniors with dozens of outreach sessions throughout the state. Evaluate the impact of the program on seniors, health professional students and faculty members. Evaluate the impact of student pharmacists as drug experts and health care educators.

Partners in D began as a pilot program in October 2005 and the Amgen Foundations grant allows for the program to expand in scope and extend statewide. Essential to the grant is the research needed to assess program success and make evidenced-based changes in the program as it unfolds

"By harnessing the efforts of students across Californias seven pharmacy schools, and partnering with community organizations throughout California, Partners in D will help us come closer to our underlying and ambitious goal of greater access to important medications and health information for all elderly Californians," said UCSFs Lipton.

"During the pilot program, we saw first-hand the pronounced and often neglected need to make these types of government programs understandable and accessible to those who have significant income or language barriers. We are grateful for the support of the Amgen Foundation and are very excited to continue moving innovative Part D initiatives beyond the classroom and into communities and pharmacies statewide," said Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, clinical professor in the UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy and co-principal investigator of the new program with Lipton.

"Partners in D represents the essence of what our foundation stands for: advancing education, improving quality of care and access for patient
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Contact: Wallace Ravven
wravven@pubaff.ucsf.edu
415-476-2557
University of California - San Francisco
8-Dec-2006


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