In 2002, The School of Pharmacy established IPHARM. This Program originated as a one-year, federally funded demonstration project to expand UM's existing campus-based Drug Information Service (DIS) and to create a mobile pharmaceutical care clinic in north central Montana. IPHARM's mission was to improve the access for disadvantaged rural health practitioners to drug and health information and screening services.
In 2007, IPHARM became the clinical training initiative in geriatric health screening for the Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC), a federally funded project. MTGEC's financial support has allowed IPHARM to continue to provide wellness testing for people throughout Montana.
IPHARM provides the following screenings and counseling:
- Bone Density
- Blood Pressure
- Hemoglobin A1c
- Balance Testing through the Physical Therapy program
- Memory and Depression screening through the Social Work program
Health care professionals, faculty, and students work together along with community members to provide IPHARM services at a nominal fee to participants. Additionally, the program provides a valuable teaching tool for fourth year pharmacy students as well as nursing, physical therapy, and social work students. This setting provides students with hands on training working directly with patients in real-life professional environments.
IPHARM has logged over 120,000 miles and ranged as far north as Yaak, as far east as Wibaux, as far west as Troy, as far south as Red Lodge, as well as many places in between such as Great Falls, Big Timber, Boulder, Lincoln, Glasgow, and Ennis. Events have been hosted in a variety of settings including community health centers, senior centers, community pharmacies, health departments, and community health fairs. As of December 2014, IPHARM has completed over 540 events and screened over 16,000 Montana residents.
“This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB4HP19056, Geriatric Education Centers, $2,136,009, July 1, 2010-June 30, 2015; 50% of this project is funded with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”