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USC School of Pharmacy to Double Presence in Safety-net Clinics
Date:10/19/2011

he physician to see more patients.

Pharmacy students and residents benefit from the program as well, since the clinics provide ideal training for a diverse population and a wide range of diseases and conditions. For the faculty members who provide services, the clinics also offer opportunities for research and to collect crucial data regarding health outcomes, medication safety, health literacy and cultural competency that ultimately will lead to further advances in care.

Increasing the number of clinics and medical homes where students and residents are trained also is important because the more exposure they gain to such facilities, the more likely they'll choose to dedicate their careers to helping people in these settings, according to Dean Vanderveen. "This trains even more pharmacists to work on the frontline to meet the nation's most pressing health care needs," he notes.

"USC is one of the most active schools in the nation in developing leading integrated care models for the underserved," adds Chen, who also serves as co-chair emeritus of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Collaborative —part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—which aims to increase the number of schools working with clinics nationwide. The USC safety-net initiative was launched with an HRSA seed grant in 2002.

"We will continue working with the HRSA Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative as we increase our support of the underserved in Southern California," says Dean Vanderveen. "This new initiative also is a great opportunity for the USC School of Pharmacy to positively impact our community and to share an effective model that can be adopted throughout the country."

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