2018 Incentive Grant Recipients

Sarin Patel

Project Proposal: On the (MEND) Mental health and Education in Diabetes: a New Pharmacy Service in a Predominantly Hispanic Community

“The driving force behind this project was a need to raise awareness for mental health, to enhance collaboration, and to improve patient outcomes.”

Dr. Patel is a PGY1 community pharmacy resident with the University of Texas at El Paso and University of Texas Austin Cooperative Community Pharmacy Program. His study attempts to shed light on the comorbidity of two common disease states that are often treated independently. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reported depression can affect 20-25% of patients who have diabetes. “Due to the stigma, finances, and other barriers many patients may go undiagnosed or untreated. A patient’s mental health can have an influence on their glycemic control and overall quality of life.”

Sarin Patel is excited about the “positive impact we can have on the community by increasing awareness, increasing access, and possibly improving patient outcomes.”