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03. Rural Communities


Rural communities are disproportionately affected when it comes to reproductive care. These communities face challenges to access basic healthcare services. In rural communities patients have to travel further to access healthcare services. Rural communities have been negatively impacted by pharmacy closures which increases the burden these communities and remaining pharmacies face. Pharmacists who work in rural areas where pharmacies have closed can use this as an opportunity to build up their services and serve as a resource to their community. One way to connect patients to community services is by mapping community social resources, such as food banks, domestic violence shelters, and mental health services. By taking action, pharmacists can help bridge the gap in rural communities and ensure everyone has access to healthcare services.