Residents and their Preceptors
Project Proposal: Insulin Access in an Urban Underserved Population: A Crucible Demonstrating a National Crisis
Ronni Ehlers, PharmD is currently completing a PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated with her doctor of pharmacy from St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy in New York. Her practice interests are underserved care, older adult pharmacy practice, and diabetes.
Dr. Ehlers’ primary residency practice site, the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, is a non-profit community pharmacy that serves residents of Franklin County who are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and are either uninsured or underinsured. Dr. Ehlers interacts with patients on a daily basis that suffer from insulin access issues and are often going without this vital medication. Her goals are to identify barriers to insulin access and identify which patients are the most vulnerable to this issue. This study will further define the issue and engage support for solutions to insulin access that target the most vulnerable patients.
“This grant is providing me with the opportunity to research a problem that not only impacts our patients at the Charitable Pharmacy, but is a national problem that warrants attention.”