Pharmacy Technicians as CHWs
Grant Research Pilot

Community Health Workers (CHW) assist in linking patients in need of resources and health information in their community. A pharmacy technician trained as a CHW is at the center of bridging patients to community resources that can address their health care needs. 

To become a CHW, the pharmacy technician must go through a certification course offered at community colleges across the state through in-person or virtual classes in addition to extensive hours of job shadowing. During this course, they develop a resource binder for their community with information and access to any and all resources available in and around their pharmacy site. 

The MPA began a pilot project in partnership with the Department Health of Senior Services (DHSS) and the CDC with training one pharmacy technician as a CHW and will expand this year to include 3 pharmacy sites and at least 3 technicians trained as CHWs. Our main data collection focus is revolving around social determinants of health and overcoming barriers to care and access. 

CHW research pilot participation will receive a stipend of $3,000 per month for 6 months beginning January 1, 2021 and ending June 29, 2021 for a total of $18,000 over the 6-month time frame.

The pharmacy’s commitment includes the following:

  • Collect patient data and submit monthly reports and regular updates for grant reporting
  • Train at least 1 pharmacy technician currently employed at your pharmacy to become a Community Health Worker (CHW) by January 1, 2021. You may choose trainings either offered online or in-person.

Applicant requirements for Pharmacy site participation and eligibility to receive funding include:
  • Licensed Pharmacy in the state of Missouri
  • Train at least one pharmacy technician to become a CHW by January 1, 2021

 Application for participation due by Sunday, September 20th, 2020. 

Applicants are chosen and approved via email by Wednesday, September 30th, 2020.