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Community Pharmacists, Underserved Communities, and Health Care Inequities: Home

This guide will provide a brief, culturally-centered, evidence-based introduction to the specialization of Community Pharmacy and Underserved Communities.


Community pharmacy practice offers pharmacists the opportunity for business ownership, for community service, to provide parallel health-care expertise for patients, and the ability to define the field through translation and application. 

Community pharmacists need to be dynamic professionals with “a focus…on patient-centered, team-oriented, evidenced-based care.” (Goode, Owen, Page, Gatewood, 2019, P. 4)

This vision has been enshrined in Howard University’s College of Pharmacy’s mission to bolster “the creation of new knowledge through innovative research and scholarship, commitment to community service and continuous quality improvement, and dedication to superior pharmacy practice locally and globally.”

This subject guide has been designed to briefly introduce aspiring community pharmacists to the social and scientific complexities of this specialization, to provide intellectual pathways towards evidence-based application of theory, and to highlight efforts within community pharmacy and general healthcare in support of building competent professionals with a worldview centered in health care equity.   

Goode, J. V., Owen, J., Page, A., & Gatewood, S. (2019). Community-Based Pharmacy Practice Innovation and the Role of the Community-Based Pharmacist Practitioner in the United States. Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland), 7(3), 106.



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