School of Pharmacy takes part in $3.7 million Amgen Foundation grant
From left, Drs. Mosavin, Painter, and Mallari will spearhead efforts at Loma Linda University to develop an educational program for teaching non-native English speaking and financially disadvantaged senior citizens about Medicare Part D. In addition, the program, known as “Partners in D,” calls on pharmacy students to help educate medical, nursing, and dental students about Medicare Part D.
The School of Pharmacy at Loma Linda University recently received the first installment of a portion of a $3.7 million grant made by Amgen Foundation to the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).
Funds coming to Loma Linda University will total $125,000 and will be dispersed over three years.
School of Pharmacy faculty and students will take part in a program titled “Partners in D,” developed by UCSF faculty and students.
The program is designed to help senior citizens become familiar with and fully benefit from Medicare Part D, the U.S. government’s first comprehensive prescription drug benefit program for seniors. Six other California schools of pharmacy are taking part as well.
Leading out in LLU’s program is Rashid Mosavin, PhD, MBA, associate professor of pharmacotherapy and outcomes science.
Assisting Dr. Mosavin with the project are Nathan Painter, PharmD, assistant professor of pharmacotherapy and outcomes science, and Joycelyn Mallari, PharmD, assistant professor of pharmacotherapy and outcomes science.
The “Partners in D” program is focused on educating and involving pharmacy students to assist underserved senior citizens through educational meetings conducted in pharmacy and community settings.
These seniors are typically non-native speakers of English, and/or are of lower income.
In addition, the grant requires that the School of Pharmacy create an elective course to familiarize pharmacy students with Medicare Part D.
Once the pharmacy students complete their training, they will in turn educate medical, dental, and nursing students in Medicare Part D so that these other future health care providers will be able to educate the senior patients they see.
Drs. Mosavin, Painter, and Mallari will primarily work with the medically underserved populations served by SAC Health System, headquartered in San Bernardino and operated by Loma Linda University.
By Larry Kidder, MA