A Call to Action for a Programmatic Approach to Addressing Health Disparities and Cultural Competency in Pharmacy Education

Anastasia L. Armbruster, Brianna N. Henson, Naser Z. Alsharif

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Abstract

Pharmacy has recognized the importance of education in health disparities and cultural competency (HDCC) for two decades. More recently, there has been emphasis on incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in pharmacy programs. While many institutions identify a need to incorporate a programmatic approach to HDCC education to meet the growing needs of a diverse population, pharmacy curricula continue to lack a holistic, programmatic approach. More than ever, Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students should graduate with the knowledge, values, and skills to provide culturally appropriate care for a diverse patient population. This commentary advocates for a holistic, programmatic approach to integrating HDCC education and serves as a call to action for curricular development. It is hoped that this commentary will also set the foundation for additional scholarly work and recommendations regarding a programmatic approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8412
Pages (from-to)195-198
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume86
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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