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Diversity In Pharmacy

The CEDI mission is to engender a collaborative atmosphere that promotes respect and fosters a supportive climate in which ALL students, staff, and faculty can thriveRecognizing that the College of Pharmacy is part of a global and multicultural educational community, the College of Pharmacy and its Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI) are dedicated to cultivating and enriching diversity through education, advocacy, and outreach by providing equal access and opportunity to its programs, facilities, and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, age, public assistance status, disability or veteran status.

We believe that these diverse perspectives and ideas enhance the learning process and enrich the collegiate mission of preparing students to become part of a diverse healthcare workforce.

Research in Diverse and Minority Populations

Our research educates people whose health is influenced by these research areas to actively make decisions about their health outcomes and creates connections and advances knowledge into other research areas to improve health outcomes for all populations.

Native Indian/Indigenous communities

Native Indian/Indigenous communities

Drs. Michelle Johnson-Jennings and Derek Jennings: Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) founding co-Director (Michelle). Interdisciplinary College of Pharmacy and School of Medicine center, reduce health disparities and promote protective factors, health interventions (behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, integrated care) and in understanding the cultural health beliefs among Indigenous peoples, including traditional healing practices. NIH funded grants - reducing substance abuse use and, or food addiction/obesity in Indigenous communities.

Health disparities in underserved populations- racial, cultural, ethnic, homeless, rural populations

Health disparities in underserved populations- racial, cultural, ethnic, homeless, rural populations

  • Dr. Olihe Okoro - health disparities, social and behavioral issues in healthcare services and medication utilization, linkage to care and medication adherence in vulnerable populations living with HIV/AIDS, cultural competency in pharmacy education and healthcare delivery
  • Dr. Oscar Garza – HPV-associated cancer disparities, vaccination strategies
  • Dr. Paul Ranelli – uses theatrical performances to educate health professionals and students about health disparities and cultural beliefs about health, illness, and disease, focusing on drugs and medicine. 
  • Drs. Megan Undeberg, Karen Bastianelli – initiatives to improve access to healthcare in rural and/or underserved populations

Women’s health

Women’s health

 

  • Dr. Gunda Georg – drug design of male and female contraceptive agents
  • Dr. Megan Undeberg - prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment of heart disease in women.
  • Dr. Sarah Westberg – medication therapy management on patient outcomes
  • Dr. Grant Anderson – iron and thyroid hormones in pregnancy
  • Dr. Swayam Prabha – drug delivery to treat ovarian cancer

Mental Health

Mental Health

  • Dr. Jeffrey Bishop - pharmacotherapy of patients with mood and psychotic disorders.
  • Dr. Mark Schneiderhan - Integration of community mental health and primary care services, antipsychotic agents

Elderly

Elderly

  • Dr. Michael Swanoski, Dr. Shellina Scheiner – medication therapy management in geriatric populations, geriatric pharmacotherapy

 

Veterans

Veterans

  • Dr. Elizabeth Amin - biological and chemical warfare agents that target the CNS

Curricular Emphasis

Curricular Emphasis

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Experiential Education offers students exposure to diversity through the Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.  Several of our practice sites serve an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse patient population that includes immigrants of all ages. 

They serve populations that identify as African American, East African, European American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Vietnamese.  In addition to English, some of the languages spoken by some of the clinics’ staff include Hmong, Lao, Oromo, Somali, Spanish or Vietnamese. 

The mission of many of our experiential sites is to provide health equity by advancing the well-being and caring for ethnically and culturally diverse people and communities.  The sites provide innovative and multicultural / multilingual health care services and education to immigrant and low-income communities.  The College of Pharmacy also offers experiences at several Indian Health Services whose mission is to elevate the health and social well-being of Indian people living in the service area through the provision of services, research, education, and employment opportunities. The clinical staff considers and respects the cultural beliefs of the people they serve. 

The College of Pharmacy requires PharmD students to take at least one 5 week Advanced Practice Experience in a health system that is designated as a Medically Underserved Area (MUA). Since several of our practice sites are designated as MUA, students often have multiple MUA experiences.  

PharmD Scholarships

William and Mildred Peters Excellence Scholarship

This award is for applicants who ranked highest with regard to our admissions criteria, which includes factors that contribute to a diverse student body.

College of Pharmacy Dean's Academic Scholarship

This award is for out-of-state applicants who ranked highest with regard to our admissions criteria, which includes factors that contribute to a diverse student body. This award covers the out-of-state portion of tuition for all four years of the program.

Peters' Scholarship for Future Practitioners in Underserved Communities

This award is for applicants with plans for practicing in medically underserved communities. Diversity is considered as a plus factor for these awards. One of these scholarships is awarded to an applicant specifically planning to practice in rural communities.

Graduate Fellowships

Louise T. Dosdall Fellowship

For women doctoral students in the natural or physical sciences and engineering, where women are underrepresented (i.e., less than 50%) in the graduate program.

DOVE Fellowship

The DOVE Fellowship seeks to assist graduate programs to promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.

Implicit Bias lecture

Benjamin ReeseJoin us in a focused exploration of implicit bias with Dr. Benjamin Reese, a clinical psychologist and the Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Duke University Health System.  Free and open to all faculty, staff and students.

Friday, April 21, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mayo Memorial Auditorium
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Why Diversity Matters in Pharmacy

Student Organizations

Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization Festival of Nations

Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization (MPSO)
This student group aims to celebrate diversity, educate students and professionals about underserved populations, help enhance cultural competency, and advocates for the elimination of health care disparities in Duluth and the Twin Cities.

Diversity Calendar

About the CEDI

The College of Pharmacy, Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI) was established as a standing committee in 2013.  It is composed of the College of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and students who work cooperatively to achieve the collegiate mission and goals on equity, diversity and inclusion.