Pharmacists and Community Health Workers (CHWs) are embedded in the community and part of the nation’s critical frontline workforce in the ongoing public health response to COVID-19. Policymakers and health care leaders are calling for the rapid scale up and integration of CHWs to strengthen COVID-19 prevention plans and address longstanding inequities. Pharmacists are needed because they play a unique role at the local level to address vaccine hesitancy, ensure equitable distribution and access. These trusted messengers are central to reaching vulnerable communities and addressing determinants of poor health, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
This webinar will outline opportunities and strategies to support these workers and strengthen their ability to improve public health and promote health equity. Speakers will discuss:
The role of CHWs in the COVID-19 response and key strategies to build and support the workforce
A health plan’s partnership to strengthen the CHW infrastructure in communities and address health disparities
Pharmacies’ critical role in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine and their evolving role in public health and community engagement