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Work to prevent prescription drug abuse earns SPAHP professor New Investigator Grant

Drew Roberts, Pharm.D., Ph.D.A Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions researcher was announced last month as one of six recipients of an AcademyHealth New Investigator Small Grant.

Drew Roberts, Pharm.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacy sciences, earned the grant for research he has done on Medicaid prescription drug abuse prevention policy. The grant is funded through a partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP).

Roberts joined Creighton in July 2015, following completion of his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of North Carolina’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He is also on the faculty of Creighton’s Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety, where he has established a health services research program aimed at improving the quality, accessibility, and outcomes of medication use, particularly in low-income populations. Roberts’ current work is focused on improving the public health benefit of policy interventions designed to combat prescription drug abuse and prevent overdose deaths.

The AcademyHealth New Investigator Small Grant Program is designed to support the early careers of new health services researchers. This grant program funds innovative, timely, and relevant research and translation activities that advance AcademyHealth’s vision of improving health and the performance of the healthcare system by generating evidence and moving evidence into policy and practice.

The 2016 New Investigators were selected through a competitive process that included evaluation by three individual review committees comprised of AcademyHealth staff, staff at partner organizations, and health services research and policy experts.

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