Laura Palombi, PharmD, MPH, MAT, AE-C

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Laura Palombi

Contact Info

lpalombi@d.umn.edu

Office Phone 218-726-6066

Fax 218-726-6500

Office Address:
123 Life Science, Duluth

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota
College of Pharmacy, Duluth
Department of Pharmacy Practice
and Pharmaceutical Sciences
232 Life Science
1110 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812-3003

Administrative Assistant Name
Anna Foster

Administrative Phone
218-726-6011

Administrative Email
afoster@d.umn.edu

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health


PGY1 Residency, University of Minnesota Ambulatory Care Residency Program

PharmD, University of Minnesota (Leadership Emphasis), 2012

MPH, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 2015

MA Theology, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, Minnesota, 2006

BS Biology and BA Theology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2001

Summary

Laura Palombi, PharmD, MPH, MAT, is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in Duluth. Laura received a B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Theology and Master of Arts in Theology from the University of St. Thomas. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2012, then completed a Post-Graduate Year One Residency in Ambulatory Care through the University of Minnesota at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota. Laura completed her Master of Public Health degree in spring of 2015. Dr. Palombi has been involved in a variety of projects and collaborations in Carlton County, including in her role as chair of Operation Community Connect, a resource day for the homeless, as well as with the Carlton County Drug Court and the Carlton County Drug Abuse Task Force.

Expertise

Community-based participatory action research focused on preventing and addressing substance abuse

Awards & Recognition

Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award 2017

  • This award is given to a member of the faculty, administration, or staff that has significantly advanced their campus' distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and institutionalizing a culture and practice of engagement.

Professor of the Year, 2015 - 2016 May 2016

  • Voted on by the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Class of 2019 students, Duluth campus

College of Pharmacy Special Merit Award December 2015

  • For excellence in teaching

Professor of the Year, 2014 - 2015 May 2015

  • Voted on by the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Class of 2018 students, Duluth campus

Professor of the Semester, Spring 2015 May 2015

  • Voted on by the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Class of 2018 students, Duluth campus

Honored Guest of the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance May 2015

  • Voted on by Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance members (PDI-PDIV) on the Duluth campus

Professional Associations

American Public Health Association
Minnesota Rural Health Association
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Pharmacists' Association

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Community Based Action Research on preventing and addressing substance abuse

Research Funding Grants

With community partners in Kanabec and Pine County, received a $5000 Weaver Public Engagement and Social Responsiveness Grant from the University of Minnesota to fund Community Forums and local efforts to combat heroin and opioid abuse in rural Pine County and rural Kanabec County, starting in October 2016.

With planning team, secured a grant of $1000 from the Northland Foundation to support Operation Community Connect, a resource day for the homeless in Carlton County.

With planning team, secured a grant of $250 from the Carlton County Wood City Riders to support Operation Community Connect, a resource day for the homeless in Carlton County.

With colleagues in PPPS, received a $7500 Engaged Department grant from the University of Minnesota, Office of Public Engagement to support ongoing support to Carlton County by hosting a follow-up Community Forum on Heroin and Opioid Abuse in Cloquet and a first Forum in Moose Lake.

Received a $1000 grant from Operation Round Up, through Lake Country Power, to help fund 2016 Operation Community Connect in Carlton County.

Received a grant from the University of Minnesota, CTSI Populations and Community Engagement Core, Dissemination & Implementation Award, in the amount of $4000 to fund a Community Forum on Heroin and Opioid Abuse in Carlton County in October of 2015.

Publications

  • Palombi L, Koh-Knox C. The drug court pharmacist: Expanding pharmacy practice and addressing substance abuse. Innovations in Pharmacy. 2016, Vol. 7, No.3, Article 12.
  • Bastianelli K, Palombi L. Perceptions of pharmacists’ role in the health care team through student-pharmacist led point of care screenings and its future application in health care. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 2.
  • Pestka D, Frail C, Palombi L, Von Hoff B, Conway J, Sorensen T. Strategies and steps fostering the success of medication management services in community pharmacies. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. September-October 2016, Vol. 56, No. 5, 504-512.
  • Palombi L, Bastianelli K, Fierke K. Living an Educational Mission to Meet the Needs of Community and Public Health. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, published online. September 2016.
  • Palombi L, Vargo J, Bennet L, Hendler J, Coughlin P, Winter G, LaRue A. A community partnership to respond to the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. Journal of Rural Health, published online March 2016.
  • Aronson B, Palombi L, Walls M. Rates, causes, and consequences of posttraumatic distress among Indigenous adults with Type 2 diabetes. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2016, Vol. 39, 694.
  • Palombi L, Nelson L, Fierke K, Bastianelli K. Pilot study of patient perceptions of pharmacists as care providers after health screening encounters with student pharmacists. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 2015, Vol. 55, No. 6, 467-474.
  • Pestka D, Frail C, Palombi L, Von Hoff B, Conway J, Sorensen T. Prescription for healthy communities: Carrying out successful medication management services in community pharmacies. Minnesota Department of Health, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. September 2015. Available online: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/healthimprovement/content/documents/PrescriptionHealthyCommunity.pdf
  • Strand M, Tellers J, Patterson A, Ross A, Palombi L. The achievement of public health services in pharmacy practice: A literature review. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2015, June.
  • Kading ML, Walls ML, Palombi LC, Smith RC, Aronson BD. Flourishing: American Indian positive mental health. Society and Mental Health. 2015, Vol. 5, No. 3, 203-217.

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Public health

Teaching Areas

Public health, community engagement

Courses

  • Direct and teach in a 3.2 credit core course, Applied Pharmaceutical Care; Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017
  • Direct and teach in an interprofessional global health course with pharmacy and medical students, Medical Education Through Diversity and Service (MEDS); Fall 2016, Spring 2017
  • Direct and teach in a 1 credit core course, PharmD First Year Seminar; Fall 2015, Fall 2016
  • Direct and teach in a 1 credit core course, Professional Development and Assessment IV; Fall 2015
  • Direct and teach in a 1 credit elective, Community Based Immunization Delivery; Fall 2014, Fall 2015
  • Teach class sessions in Foundations of Pharmaceutical Care, Becoming a Pharmacist, Pharmaceutical Care Skills Lab I and II, and Biopharmaceutics; Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016

Clinical

Clinics

Carlton County Drug Abuse Task Force;Carlton County Drug Court

Board Certifications

Certified asthma educator