2022 Incentive Grant Recipient: Alexis Shook, PharmD
Project Proposal: A Pharmacy-led Approach to Address Social Determinants of Health in College Students
Alexis Shook, PharmD currently serves as the PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Resident at the University Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Campus Health Services in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
“I am honored to be an Incentive Grant recipient and look forward to exploring the how pharmacists can impact expanding healthcare access in college health by identifying and educating around social determinants of health.”
As we continue to learn more about how social determinants of health play a role in overall health and access to care, determining the role that pharmacists can play in addressing our patient’s barriers becomes increasingly important. In college health, identifying any barriers to receiving care is especially crucial as many of our students are experiencing autonomy over their own health for the first time. The inclusive and interdisciplinary environment cultivated at Campus Health Services, coupled with a healthcare environment where pharmacists are commonly recognized as the most accessible medical professionals, provides an opportunity for a growth in pharmacy-driven services and increased access to healthcare for student populations.
"I am excited to see how a pharmacist can impact access to healthcare in student populations through education around barriers that may exist due to social determinants of health. In the future, this pharmacy-led approach to educating and assessing for barriers could be expanded to practice sites beyond college health, as assuring healthcare access and understanding how social determinants of health impact our patients are universal goals in the practice of pharmacy."