Here are a couple pictures of Paula Holden, our SMP Regional Liaison, and Dan Boutwell, the Rite Aid Wellness Ambassador, at last week’s Savvy Senior event in Northern CA. Paula and Dan worked together to form what is now a flourishing and expanding outreach partnership, called Health In Pharmacies (HIP). The HIP program involves volunteers with the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program and Senior Medicare Patrol (HICAP/SMP) and Rite Aid and Walgreens pharmacies around the state. HICAP/SMP volunteers set up outreach tables and offer free information on Medicare and Medicare fraud prevention in participating Rite Aid and Walgreens pharmacies on certain days of the month. Both Dan and Paula who have started this whole trend were at this outreach event last week and visited each other’s tables.
The HIP program is spreading in both Northern and Southern California and currently is operating in at least 10 Rite Aid stores and 4 Walgreens stores. We are finalizing a HIP tool kit to help our partners get “hip” and start this HIP outreach in their own area. More info on that soon!
Here’s an article about how this partnership all began: SMP Forms Fruitful Community Outreach Partnership with Local Pharmacy.