Improving medication use among Indigenous populations

Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (Photo credit: Raiatea Arcuri)

A $333,000 federal grant to develop statewide infrastructure that identifies and works to address existing health disparities in medication use among HawaiiIndigenous Peoples of Canada was awarded to professors from the University of Hawaii in Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP). The grant is awarded through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health Minority Research Grants Program (CMS OMH), which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Portrait of Wesley Sumida
Wesley Sumida
Portrait of Karen Pellegrin
Karen Pellegrin

“The goal is to develop a brief screening tool that can be used by pharmacists to better address potential barriers to medication adherence in these patients when treating a chronic disease,” said Wesley Sumidaassociate professor at uh Hilo College of Pharmacy. “We will use these results in our work funded by this new grant.”

Sumida is co-investigator of the new project, with Karen PellegrinDirector of Continuing and Distance Education and Strategic Planning at DKICP.

“In a previous research project funded by the CMS Center of Innovation, called the Pharm2Pharm project, we have demonstrated that pharmacists are key to achieving higher quality, lower cost care in Hawaii“, explained Pellegrin.

Research compiled by Sumida across the uh Center for Pacific Innovations, Knowledge and Opportunity Where PIKO seeks to understand critical factors related to medication non-adherence among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander patients with diabetes and heart disease. The research team aims to incorporate their findings into the newly funded project.

uh is one of three institutions serving minorities to receive a CMS OMH grant, which is awarded to help advance health equity affecting racial and ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, people with limited fluency English, those residing in rural areas and those affected by persistent poverty or inequality.

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