Town Hall Talk with Dima M. Qato: "Pharmacy Access, Health Equity and COVID-19"

Tuesday, September 14 at 12:00pm to 12:30pm

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In this session, Dr. Dima M. Qato will discuss the importance of identifying and addressing barriers in pharmacy access in order to reduce disparities in the use of medicines, as well as preventive and emergency services, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Qato will discuss the implications of policy interventions implemented before and during the  COVID-19 pandemic, including expanding pharmacist-prescribing and the federal retail pharmacy program for COVID-19 vaccination, on health disparities.

Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, Ph.D. is the Hygeia Centennial Chair and Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy and the USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute. She is a Senior Fellow with the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.

Prior to joining USC, Dr. Qato was an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy (2012-2020). She also served as a National Academy of Medicine Pharmacy Fellow for 2018-2020. Dr. Qato received her PharmD from UIC, an MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.

At the USC School of Pharmacy, she is the director of the new Program on Medicines and Public Health where she will develop and lead interdisciplinary research efforts in pharmacoepidemiology and drug utilization research focusing on equitable access and safe use of medicines in the U.S. and globally.  

Dr. Qato’s research utilizes population-based methods to better understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for the use, underuse and unsafe use of medications, how these patterns may influence health outcomes and health disparities, and what can be done from a community and policy perspective to address these growing public health problems.

Dial-In Information 

Meeting ID:  926 2630 1015

Call in: (669) 900-6833

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Event Highlights, Health and Community Well-Being


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