Medicare Part D program

Pharmacy and Health Sciences students save Medicare recipients thousands of dollars in prescription drug costs each year and provide a variety of health services through their Medicare Part D outreach program

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Community Engagement

Pharmacy outreach program garners national community service award

Jul 11, 2014

The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Medicare Part D program was one of only four student-led community engagement programs to receive the 2013-14 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Student Community Engaged Service Award. The national award is sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals and will be presented on July 29 at the closing banquet of the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting.

Winning programs were selected because they deliver important information about medication use to consumers and have been proven to expand access to affordable healthcare and improve public health.

Each year during the Medicare Part D open enrollment period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7), Pacific student pharmacists, with oversight by faculty advisor Dr. Rajul Patel, conduct a series of Medicare Health Clinics that provide services such as helping patients effectively navigate the health care system, better understand their part D prescription drug benefit, minimize out of pocket costs, optimize medication use and avoid vaccine-preventable diseases.

Medicare Part D program
Professor Rajul Patel is the faculty advisor for the Medicare Part D program.

Held in 15 different cities over the past six years, these clinics are targeted to Medicare beneficiaries, primarily seniors, during the period when they can enroll into or switch their Part D prescription drug plan. The clinics are held in settings that maximize outreach to underserved and under-represented populations.

In addition to receiving a commemorative prize, the school will each receive $10,000 to be used exclusively to support the expansion of the recognized program or new community engaged service projects at the school. Each team receives a $5,000 financial stipend for enhancing or sustaining the recognized program or for travel support to attend and present their projects at professional meetings. The award also includes a $1,000 stipend for the faculty advisor and up to $2,500 to cover travel, lodging, and registration expenses for one designated student and one faculty advisor to attend the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting.

AACP is the national organization representing pharmacy education and is comprised of all accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, representing more than 6,500 faculty, 62,500 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,100 individuals pursuing graduate study.