November 23, 2022

Northern Kentucky Free Pharmacy Relocation and Expansion

Faith Community Pharmacy, a nonprofit organization that for 20 years has provided free prescription drugs to residents of northern Kentucky, is moving and expanding.

The pharmacy recently moved from Florence to Newport, where it has more than three times the space of the old location, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The pharmacy currently serves about 1,000 patients a year, but they hope the new location will help them bring their services to more people, executive director Aaron Broomall said.

Faith Community Pharmacy will provide 90 days of medication to anyone in a 14-county area of ​​northern Kentucky who seeks help. It provides medication on an ongoing basis to those earning 300% of the poverty line and below.

Pharmacy costs are covered by funding from Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, foundations such as the Spaulding Foundation, grants and donations. Most drugs come from the Americas nonprofit.

For the community, the costs are more than offset by better health, Broomall said.

Clients’ ER visits decline by at least half from the year before they enroll to the first year of enrollment, the nonprofit found. Hospitalizations drop by 70% across the entire patient population.

The new office is in a social services hub, and Broomall said the visibility will bring more clients to Faith Community Pharmacy. The new location is also on a bus route – useful for people with limited transportation options or money for gas, and it’s in the urban core of northern Kentucky, where many of the customers live. the pharmacy.

In recent years, the pharmacy has seen its clientele expand from primarily seniors on fixed incomes to include the working poor who have no or no health insurance. The pharmacy’s customer base has jumped 60% since 2017, with 30% of those listings in 2020. The surge has slowed as the pandemic subsided, Broomall said, but listings continue to grow.

To bring the service to more people, the organization plans to increase reach in churches, schools, clinics, and emergency and urgent care services. For rural customers, the pharmacy will even deliver their prescriptions.

Kellee Yelton has been receiving diabetes and high blood pressure medication from Faith Community Pharmacy since losing her job in 2020. Yelton has remained registered with the pharmacy even after being hired eight months ago as a receptionist. She said her high-deductible insurance prevents her from paying for her medications at this time.

“What we are doing is essential,” Broomall said. “It really allows people to live their lives. What we do allows them to stay at work, provide for their families and be healthy for their children.

“It’s hard to be poor,” he says. “It’s hard to have a low income, and it’s really hard to have a chronic disease.”