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Meeting the Needs of our Communities, the CVS Health Spanish Pathway Program
There is a disproportionate number of Spanish-speaking pharmacists to meet the needs of the growing Hispanic/Latino population in the United States. The CVS Health Spanish Pathway Program (SPP) aspires to increase the number of qualified pharmacy talent who speak Spanish and are devoted to providing healthcare services to Hispanic/Latino communities.
Since 2018, RUHS has partnered with CVS Health to introduce Spanish-speaking students to pharmacy careers and recruit and retain these students. Students selected for the SPP are placed at predominately Spanish-speaking CVS Health pharmacies for their introductory pharmacy practice experiences and receive special opportunities to network with local, regional, and national CVS Health leaders. SPP students receive additional quarterly student mentoring and complete a medical Spanish certification course. Movimiento Estudiantil Roseman (MER), a university student organization, provides SPP students service activities to meet the healthcare needs of local Spanish-speaking communities. The SPP offers students opportunities in leadership and self-development with coaching from SPP faculty members.
Over the last four years, there have been 27 students enrolled in the SPP across two campuses. 86% of SPP graduates have secured employment at predominately Spanish-speaking CVS Health pharmacies. In addition, the SPP has impacted the University and College of Pharmacy with increased student MER membership and outreach and enrollment of over 200 students in our medical Spanish elective in the last two years.
RUHS and the CVS Health SPP have successfully met the needs of our communities by graduating Spanish-speaking pharmacists who work in Spanish-speaking community pharmacies.