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McKesson’s Project Oasis addresses pharmacy deserts in underserved communities

Project Oasis is a program intended to bridge healthcare gaps while elevating the important role of community pharmacists.
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McKesson is launching Project Oasis, a new initiative aimed at advancing health equity for at-risk populations in underserved communities. Led by McKesson's Global Impact Organization and Community Pharmacy & Health, Project Oasis seeks to identify and address pharmacy deserts, particularly in urban areas where residents face significant challenges in accessing essential pharmacy services.

After assessing numerous underserved communities across the nation, McKesson chose Avondale, Ohio, a neighborhood within Cincinnati, as the first activation site for Project Oasis. Through an objective screening process, McKesson helped to facilitate an expedited path to independent pharmacy ownership for Emmanuel "Manny" Ayanjoke, a licensed pharmacist focused on building strong ties with the local community. With the support of Project Oasis, Manny and Altev Community Pharmacy are now serving Avondale and its residents and helping to tackle healthcare disparities.

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"As a diversified healthcare services company, we recognize the pivotal role community pharmacies play in promoting health equity and bridging gaps in care,” said Nimesh Jhaveri, executive vice president and chief impact officer at McKesson. “Project Oasis represents our dedication to making a lasting difference as we live our purpose of Advancing Health Outcomes for All.”

McKesson said it will continue to evaluate additional opportunities to elevate its health equity programs in alignment with the company’s mission to improve care in every setting – one product, one partner, one patient at a time.

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"I am proud to be a part of Project Oasis and to have been selected to help serve Avondale and its residents," said Ayanjoke, owner and lead pharmacist at Altev Community Pharmacy. "Every day, Altev Community Pharmacy will provide compassionate, whole person care to help a community that has long grappled with limited access to essential healthcare services.”

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