New arrivals to the United States frequently need some direction on how to access medicine and understand how pharmacies function. Thus, the Pharmacy Ambassadors program was first initiated in collaboration with community partners in 2013 to provide educational sessions that introduce newly resettled refugees in the central Columbus area the unfamiliar U.S. healthcare and pharmacy systems. The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy students arrange educational sessions to acclimate refugees to the U.S. health-care system and guide their dealings with community pharmacies. The program expanded its services to reach greater population by sharing tools and resources via the college’s website, which can be utilized by any institutions or organizations wanting to adopt a similar program.
The mission of the Pharmacy Ambassadors program is to provide high-quality pharmacy services to an underserved population. We strive to increase public's knowledge of the U.S. health-care and pharmacy system by providing educational presentations.
Follow the link above and fill out registration form to download the Pharmacy Ambassadors toolkit.
Publicity about the program:
- Student-led Program Named Recipient of National Pharmacy Award (Ohio State College of Pharmacy)
- Students Provide Classes on U.S. Medication System to Newly Resettled Refugees (Ohio State College of Pharmacy)
- Helping refugees with one part of American life — the pharmacy (PRI)
- Ohio student pharmacists educate refugees (Pharmacy Today)
- Ohio State students develop program to help local immigrants navigate the drugstore (The Columbus Dispatch)
- Pharmacists Help Refugees Navigate US Medicine (Pharmacy Times)