Dr. Spencer Moore, associate professor of health promotion, education, and behavior (University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health), will lead a project to build the capacity of independent South Carolina community pharmacies to intervene on issues related to the social determinants of health (e.g., chronic stress, social isolation, food insecurity). With funding from The Duke Endowment, Dr. Moore will work with members of the South Carolina Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network as well as the United States National network to develop and implement a training program in key topic areas (i.e., chronic stress and psychosocial resiliency; social isolation; food insecurity, access, and diet; household environment and resources) among South Carolina community pharmacies.
“Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide with 60 percent of Americans having at least one chronic disease and 42 percent having two or more chronic diseases,” Dr. Moore says. “Intervening on the social determinants of health, such as social isolation, chronic stress, and food insecurity, can have a tremendous impact on a person’s risk for multiple disease conditions.”
Community pharmacies are often on the front line caring for people with complex health and social needs, particularly in rural areas. “By building the capacity of pharmacies to address the social determinants of health in their patients, our program is formalizing many of the activities that community pharmacies are already doing and leveraging their experiences, skills, and social trust that they have with community members to improve the health of our state’s most vulnerable residents,” Dr. Moore says.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 19