2022 Incentive Grant Recipient: Jordan Smith, PharmD & Jymon Clark, PharmD Candidate
Project Proposal: Providing Pneumococcal Vaccinations in a Community, Free Care Clinic: A Pharmacist and Student Pharmacist-Led Initiative
Jymon Clark (pictured) is a fourth-year pharmacy student at the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. Jordan Smith, PharmD, currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences at High Point University.
“Vaccinations have a critical role in preventative care and has saved millions of individuals. By providing the pneumococcal vaccine to underserved communities we can further increase their health, educate them to promote health literacy, and bring awareness to underrepresented populations.”
Pharmacists are assets in patient education and can provide education for those with vaccine hesitancy and low health literacy due to the ease of access by the community. Patient outreach is a vital segment in building patients’ confidence to allow pharmacists to advocate for their health. Promoting provider-to-patient connections will instill this mindset in daily practice while increasing beneficial health outcomes.
"I am excited to be afforded the opportunity to provide essential vaccinations and counseling to my local community. It will establish trust among pharmacists and our patients by creating a space for open communication to develop a positive understanding."