In addition to my fellowship project, I am also staying engaged in the realm of local government affairs. Accordingly, through attending Columbus City Council meetings, and staying up-to-date on local policy initiatives, legislation proposed and passed is considered, with how it could impact the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, and the population we serve. Priorities on the agenda are related to health, education, housing and workforce/economic development within the City of Columbus. Furthermore, in the Columbus community, there are a myriad of local policy initiatives that are taking place that revolve around the aforementioned policy focuses. Staying informed of policy decisions not only in regard to health and access to healthcare, but also education, housing and workforce/economic development is important as well, as it affects our patients at the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio.
A meeting that took place was with Councilmember Tyson in the City Council Office. Councilmember Tyson is chair of the Finance, Workforce Development, and Health & Human Services Committee. As chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, Councilmember Tyson’s work focuses on addressing our community’s priorities, which relates to promoting a high quality of life, and access to quality healthcare services. Councilmember Tyson is a supporter of the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, and our mission of providing affordable and sustainable prescription medications and pharmacy services that optimize health in the community.
In the meeting with Councilmember Tyson, discussed was various legislation and policies related to addressing access to quality healthcare, reducing infant mortality in Franklin County, and other initiatives related to human services. Discussing timely and relevant policy initiatives with Councilmember Tyson provided insight to the many initiatives happening in the City of Columbus that will improve the quality of life for all in the community. The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio receives funding from the City of Columbus, and we are glad to have Councilmember Tyson’s support!