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  Medpin works in several different ways to help get medicines and other health care to people in need. Medpin's small staff is assisted by a number of people in key positions and with special expertise regarding safety net providers, pharmaceuticals, pharmacists and pharmacies, and academic research.

Medicine for People in Need (Medpin) works with safety net providers to improve access to medicine and pharmaceutical care for people in need.

Training and Education

Medpin offers opportunities for safety net providers to become more informed about pharmaceutical care and management strategies.

  • Teleworkshops offer accessible late-breaking information on pharmacy management issues The interactive workshops allow clinicians to ask questions of pharmacy experts and problem-solve with their colleagues without leaving their offices.
  • Conferences in the Western U.S. region offer in-person information and leadership development for pharmacists, clinicians, administrators, and policy makers.
  • Rx for Access website contains archived material from twelve issues of a national publication developed jointly by Medpin and Volunteers in Health Care, and hosts other information of interest to safety net providers across the U.S. seeking information to improve the cost-effectiveness and value of their pharmacy-related activities. www.rxforaccess.org.
  • Training manuals provide information and tools for safety net decision-makers to implement or expand cost-effective pharmacy services.

Medpin also works with pharmacists interested in working on a full-time or consulting basis to safety net clinics, clinics assessing their pharmacy-related resources and needs, and safety net clinics contracting with retail pharmacies to dispense 340B drugs.

Direct Services

Medpin provides direct technical assistance to California community clinics and county health systems on medication access issues, including strategies to lower total drug spending and improve compliance with medication management requirements. It convenes the California Safety Net Alliance for Pharmacy and Therapeutics Support (CalSNAPTS) to support local P& T and pharmacy-related activities of safety net providers. This innovative effort provides drug class reviews and clinical care guidelines designed specifically for safety net providers in California.

Policy Analysis

Medpin helps nonprofit organizations and public officials stay informed on selected federal and state laws, including proposed legislative and regulatory changes. The primary focus is on drug pricing and access issues with major impact on publicly financed and uninsured patients.


Medpin works with university faculty and national experts from pharmacy, medicine, law, and business to partner on research concerning drug cost and access for vulnerable patients. Research topics include the use of pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs, the comparative efficacy of drugs within a single therapeutic class, the federal 340B discount law and related drug-pricing methodologies affecting public and nonprofit entities, an economic analysis of different county health systems' indigent drug expenditures, and the use of medications for chronic disease management.

Medpin, a program of the nonprofit Public Health Institute, is supported by the California HealthCare Foundation (www.chcf.org), The California Endowment (www.calendow.org), The California Wellness Foundation (www.tcwf.org), and Kaiser Permanente. Medpin works with community clinics, county health systems, pharmacies, universities, government, and other organizations that share the program's mission.


Medpin Staff

Kathryn Saenz Duke
Program Director

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Leon Wilde

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Dianne Tobias
Pharmacist Education Consultant

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Carrie Spector
Communications Specialist

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Kimberly Arroyo Williamson
Program Assistant

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Marice Ashe
Director, Public Health Law Program

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Medpin Advisory Board Members

Brent Barnhart, JD
Senior Counsel
Kaiser Permanente

Mel Baron, PharmD, MPA
Assistant Dean
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
L.A. Care Health Plan

Doreen Bradshaw
Executive Director
Shasta Consortium of Community Health Centers

Chester Choi, MD
American College of Physicians
Southern California Region

Roger Clarkson
Chief Deputy Director
Yolo County Health Department

Doug Del Paggio, PharmD, MPA
Director of Pharmacy Services
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Systems

Anne Donnelly
Policy Director
Project Inform

Paul Drogichen, PharmD
Director of Pharmaceutical Services
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

Katherine Ensign, MS, DrPH
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Central Valley Health Network

Elia Gallardo
Director, Government Affairs
California Primary Care Association

Kevin Gorospe, PharmD
Chief, Pharmacy Policy Unit
Department of Health Services, Medi-Cal Policy Unit

Linda Johnson
GPO Director/Administrator
Council Connections, Council of Community Clinics

Kathy Kneer
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California

Dan Koyama, PharmD
Chief, Pharmacy Procurement
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Helene Lipton, PhD
Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, University of California at San Francisco

Paul Lofholm, PharmD
Ross Valley Pharmacy

Clifton Louie, DPA
Associate Dean
University of California at San Francisco School of Pharmacy

Marty Martinez, MPP
Policy Director
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

Michael Negrete, PharmD
Associate VP Clinical Affairs
Premier Pharmacists Networks, California Pharmacists Association

William (Bill) Powers
Public Member
California Board of Pharmacy

Kristiana Raube, PhD
Executive Director, Graduate Program of Health Management
Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

Ralph Silber
Executive Director
Alameda Health Consortium

Narinder Singh, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy Services
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Ruth Smarinsky, PharmD
Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero

Melissa Stafford Jones
Director of Policy
California Association of Public Hospitals

Joan Trauner, PhD
Marin County Community Clinic Board of Directors

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