The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio (CPCO) opened in 2010. CPCO is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit pharmacy providing pharmacy services to underserved patients in Franklin County, Ohio. CPCO serves patients at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level who have no insurance, no prescription coverage, or who are unable to afford copayments. Since 2010, CPCO has qualified more than 6,500 patients and dispensed more than 410,000 prescriptions, worth more than $34 million.
CPCO staff includes three pharmacists, two pharmacy residents, two and one-half pharmacy technicians, one pharmacy intern, two patient service coordinators and one hospitality aide. More than 250 fourth-year pharmacy students on advanced practice rotations have had one-month rotations through the pharmacy providing direct patient care. Clinical and hospitality volunteers are also integral to the success of CPCO. A shared faculty with Ohio State also collaborates on CPCO’s clinical services, development and scholarship, and provides direct patient care.
CPCO’s mission is to provide medications and disease state education at no cost and to coordinate access to health care for indigent patients. CPCO goals are to decrease the amount of people going without necessary prescription medications, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, and provide educational support for patients to learn about health and wellness. In addition to providing medication at no cost to patients, CPCO also provides extensive pharmacy services including medication therapy management, disease state education, blood glucose monitoring education (including testing supplies), and smoking cessation education and aides. Patients meet in a private consultation area with a pharmacist or fourth year pharmacy student each time they visit the pharmacy to address any health and medication concerns.
CPCO is funded by both private and public entities. All four major health systems in central Ohio, the city of Columbus, Franklin County, and many organizations and individuals sponsor the activities at CPCO. The pharmacy acquires medications through various methods including its drug repository program, bulk replenishment programs with pharmaceutical companies, and the purchase of primarily generic medications. A contracted director of development works with the pharmacy staff to continue to seek funding for growth.
The PGY1 community care resident participates in all aspects of clinical services at CPCO. In addition to teaching and research opportunities coordinated through the university, residents perform medication therapy management, assist in precepting four APPE pharmacy students each month, and strive to provide continuity of care for patients as they navigate the health system through free clinics and federally qualified health care centers. CPCO offers an abundance of research opportunities for the year-long research project. All team members also seek to increase community awareness about CPCO services to ultimately expand and improve care for our patients.
Primary Preceptor – Jennifer Seifert, RPh
Established in 1984, Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio), is a regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system and federally qualified community health center look-alike. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations. With 17 offices in 11 cities, it serves more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia each year through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, community pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives.
The Equitas Health Pharmacy & Prizm magazine operate as social enterprises for Equitas Health; 100% of profits are reinvested back into the organization’s programs and services.
Equitas Health Medical Centers strive to be the gateway to good health for those at risk of or affected by HIV, for the LGBTQ community, and for those seeking a welcoming healthcare home. In addition to routine primary care, we specialize in HIV/AIDS specialty care, PrEP, trans health, women’s health, STI screenings and treatment, and management of chronic conditions. All of our Medical Centers provide psychiatric care and behavioral health therapy. Equitas Health Pharmacies, located at each Medical Center, partner with our medical providers to offer complete specialized care. As Federally Qualified Health Center “look-alikes,” we offer services on a sliding fee scale for patients who do not have adequate insurance coverage.
Equitas Health strives to provide culturally competent care and has been recognized throughout Ohio as a leader in innovation and equity.
Equitas Health pharmacists participate on both the community and medical side of pharmacy practice. The resident will have the opportunity to work alongside AAHIVP certified pharmacists and other medical providers, such as doctors and certified nurse practitioners. Current Equitas Health Pharmacy services include medication therapy management, immunizations, chronic disease state management, collaborative practice agreements, and a patient management program offered to our specialty patients. Residents will also participate in dispensing naloxone at Safe Point (one of the largest needle exchange programs in Ohio). For a rounded experience, Equitas Health residents will engage with all aspects of the organization from administrative to case management.
Uptown Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy located approximately 20 minutes from The Ohio State University campus in Westerville, Ohio. Uptown Pharmacy has been serving Westerville for more than 100 years, which has allowed the staff to become a trusted part of the community in both the eyes of patients and other healthcare providers.
The pharmacy’s mission is to provide patients with personal healthcare by learning patients’ names, helping them understand their medications, and having pharmacists accessible to answer questions or make recommendations. Being able to provide that traditional “hometown pharmacy” atmosphere, while supplying the most advanced products, services and information available has been a source of pride. Uptown Pharmacy has been active in providing pharmacist driven patient care services to a wide variety of patient populations
Uptown Pharmacy was the first pharmacy in Ohio to provide immunizations, and has been very involved with the Ohio Pharmacists Association and its legislators to advance the immunizations pharmacists are able to provide in Ohio. It was also one of the original pharmacies involved in the APhA Foundation Project Impact:Hyperlipidemia.
Our pharmacists have been at the forefront, as community pharmacy has changed to meet the demands of the future. Today, as a result, Uptown offers blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, anticoagulation management, adult immunizations, comprehensive medication therapy management consultations (MTM’s), disease-state education, custom prescription compounding and flavoring, medical device training and hormone replacement therapy management. The pharmacy serves as a rotation site for 4th year pharmacy students from The Ohio State University, Ohio Northern University, and the University of Cincinnati.
Residents are a part of our pharmacy care team and therefore responsible for involvement in all pharmacy care activities as well as prescription dispensing. Residents also develop skills in business administration, practice management, marketing and student precepting. In addition, residents have the opportunity to participate in ongoing projects and assist with the development of new clinical services within the pharmacy and Westerville community.
Primary Preceptor – Cara Hoyt, PharmD
The residency focuses primarily on direct patient care and practice management. The resident will also deliver didactic lectures at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and has the opportunity to earn a formal teaching certificate. The resident will be expected to complete and publish at least one major research project. The program is intended to be flexible and can be modified depending on the individual resident’s interests and needs.
About The Ohio State University
As one of America’s top ranked academic medical centers, the mission of
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is to
improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education, and
patient care. OSUWMC is a 1443 bed multihospital delivery system
recognized in 2018 as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for excellence in
ten specialties by US News and World Report based on quality, outcomes,
and reputation. OSUWMC is home to more "Top Doctors" than any other
central Ohio hospital.