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

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Laura Palombi

Contact Info

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

Administrative Email

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


My passion is Public Health, and I have had the opportunity to work with Carlton County Health & Human Services as a volunteer with Operation Community Connect, a resource day for the homeless, and later as a Public Health Intern. I currently work with the Carlton County Children & Family Services Collaborative and Carlton County Public Health as a part of my population-based practice.


Research Summary/Interests

My research focuses on the role of the pharmacist in the management of substance abuse from both a clinical and population health standpoint. I embrace a community based participatory research approach in my work, which is currently focused on public health initiatives in rural northern Minnesota where substance abuse and mental health are the top public health priorities. Research on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse is a high priority in the United States as overdose deaths due to opiates and illicit drugs continue to rise, and multipronged, multi-agency initiatives will be required to curb this lethal trend. My work focuses on the critical ways that community health initiatives can prevent or decrease substance abuse by mobilizing communities with programming that allows for dialogue and community-specific solutions to substance abuse, enhancing the role of the pharmacist in community and public health on interdisciplinary teams including Drug Court, and in efforts to promote community-related engagement into pharmacy curricula.


  • 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:
  • 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.