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A Community Health-Friendly Drugstore
Date: June 13, 2014
A new Walgreens concept offers clinical programs to East Baltimore residents.
A new Walgreens that opened last November as part of the redevelopment north of Johns Hopkins’ East Baltimore medical campus provides a platform to expand Johns Hopkins Medicine’s efforts to improve community health.
More than a typical drugstore, the Walgreens “Well Experience” store features not only a pharmacy but also fresh food, daily living products and an in-store Healthcare Clinic staffed by board-certified nurse practitioners who provide flu shots and other immunizations. The clinic also offers assessment, treatment and management of chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes, and care for minor ailments and injuries, among other services. Johns Hopkins faculty, led by internist and epidemiologist Jeanne Clark, will collaborate with the drugstore chain to develop new clinical programs to benefit community residents, while providing convenient access to health care services for staff and students. If health outreach programs prove successful, Clark says, they could be adapted to additional Walgreens locations.
In addition, Walgreens has pledged $5 million to help support Johns Hopkins’ new Brancati Center for the Advancement of Community Care. Intended to develop and test new models of collaborative care locally, nationally and globally to improve the health of communities, the center is named after the late Frederick Brancati, longtime director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, who was an internationally recognized expert on epidemiology and type 2 diabetes. Walgreens and Johns Hopkins will work together to raise an additional $10 million to $15 million to support the center, also led by Clark and housed within the Division of General Internal Medicine.
“The exciting part,” says Clark, “will be seeing how we can disseminate some of our work and improve care and access to basic services across the country.”