Sustainable Rural Care

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy building
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy was recently awarded $815,000 from The Duke Endowment to launch rural pharmacy hubs as part of the school’s Rural Pharmacy Health Initiative. This grant, led by principal investigator Betsy Sleath, enables the school to extend its reach into underserved communities across North Carolina to improve access to care while creating new, sustainable models for rural health care.

The Duke Endowment grant will support two pharmacy hubs that will launch over the next three years across Eastern North Carolina. The hubs will create the infrastructure needed to build and deliver innovative models of practice to provide high-quality care for underserved patients.

Stephanie Kiser ’92 will lead the Rural Pharmacy Health Initiative as executive director. Under her leadership, she will coordinate all rural pharmacy hub activities and guide them to be self-sustainable.

“My commitment lies in fostering the development of a thriving rural hub network working actively to engage learners, pharmacists, community members, health care providers and those invested in improving the health of our rural communities,” said Kiser.

“The generosity of The Duke Endowment positions us for success as we collaborate to bridge the gaps between health care accessibility and rural communities, enhance the growth of comprehensive pharmacy services, and foster a culture of wellness. Through our shared vision, we will ensure that rural Eastern North Carolina becomes a beacon of equitable health care, where individuals receive the care they deserve, regardless of their geographic location.”

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