Town Hall Meeting Addresses “Pharmacy Deserts” On South And West Sides

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A CVS MinuteClinic in north Philadelphia. Dan Gorenstein/Marketplace
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A CVS MinuteClinic in north Philadelphia. Dan Gorenstein/Marketplace

Town Hall Meeting Addresses “Pharmacy Deserts” On South And West Sides

In late 2017, researcher Dima Qato unveiled a three-year study aimed at identifying communities on Chicago’s south and west sides where pharmacies are closing.

On Thursday night, she held a town hall meeting at the Carter Woodson Library on the city’s South Side to discuss the issue with residents.

Qato and community activist Melvin Thompson join the Morning Shift to talk about the event, and what they heard from residents.

GUEST: Dima Qato, assistant professor of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policies at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Melvin Thompson, executing director of  The Endeleo Institute

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