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Optimizing Care in Underserved Patients Living with HIV

A Virtual Satellite Symposium conducted at the 2020 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM ET
  -  Register to attend December 8



Co-produced by ProCE and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP).   

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Activity Description

While strides have been made to slow the HIV epidemic, pockets of the population are still disproportionately affected by HIV progression, undertreatment, or disruptions in linkage to care. Underserved people living with HIV face unique challenges to receiving appropriate HIV screening and treatment, such as discrimination in the health-system or their communities, low health literacy, or barriers to continuity of care. This activity will examine the sociocultural challenges and root causes of the many disparities that are present in the US for people living with HIV. The pharmacist’s role in overcoming obstacles associated with these challenges will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

The target audience for this activity includes pharmacists. At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Examine the importance of a culturally competent framework to optimize care in underserved HIV populations.
  • Describe cultural and social context for medical mistrust in underserved patients living with HIV.
  • Recognize potential ways to optimize adherence in patients with misconceptions regarding antiretrovirals.
  • Discuss innovative tools for retention in care in patients living with HIV.


Melissa Badowski, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, BCIDP, BCPS, AAHIVP
Clinical Associate Professor
Section of Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy
Chicago, Illinois

Milena Murray, PharmD, MSc, BCIDP, AAHIVP
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Midwestern University College of Pharmacy
HIV/ID Clinical Pharmacist
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Downers Grove, Illinois

Jason J. Schafer, PharmD, MPH, BCPS AQ-ID, BCIDP, AAHIVP
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Jefferson College of Pharmacy
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

CE Accreditation


This activity is jointly provided by Pro CE, LLC and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP). Pro CE, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-20-503-L02-P has been assigned to this live knowledge-based activity (initial release date 12-08-20). This activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers. The activity is provided at no cost to participants. Participants must complete the online post-test and activity evaluation no later than January 8, 2021 to receive pharmacy CE credit. No partial credit will be given. Statements of completion will be issued online at, and proof of completion will be posted in NABP CPE Monitor profiles.


It is the policy of ProCE, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its continuing education activities. Faculty must disclose to participants any significant financial interest or affiliation with companies that manufacture or market products discussed during their presentation. Faculty conflict of interest will be announced prior to the start of the CE activity.


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck.


Preregistration is for planning purposes only and virtual attendance will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.    

Webinar Equipment Requirements
-Computer with broadband Internet access
-Soundcard and speakers or headphones for your computer (or dial-in via telephone for audio)
Click here for detailed software requirements.

The material presented in this CE activity does not reflect the views of ProCE, LLC or the commercial sponsor. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.