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What is MAP - Medication Assistance Program

MAP, which stands for Medication Assistance Program, is a program that can be found in participating health centers across the country, such as free and charitable clinics, rural and community health centers. The Medication Assistance Programs (MAP) are for low income, uninsured patients who need access to prescription drugs who cannot afford them. The Medication Assistance Program is a free service provided by these health care organizations that can help qualifying patients to get their medications at little or no cost.

At least 2 large Connecticut health systems provide MAP. These teams who work with the patient population are referred to as MAP coordinators.

Most major pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs that offer many medications free or at a reduced cost to eligible individuals and the job of the MAP coordinator is to assist patients in gaining eligibility (or access) to these programs, with the coordinator working with both patients, their care team and the pharmaceutical companies to find the best program for the patient.

Common eligibility requirements include: The applicant must be a U.S. resident and for most programs, the applicant must not have any other type of prescription coverage, including Medicare Part D, Medicaid, VA, private insurance, etc. Patients MAY be eligible for some programs if their prescription coverage is limited. A few helpful websites for more detailed information about medication assistance are GoodRX.com, NeedyMeds and Rx Assist

MAP work through a variety of services to help qualified patients receive the medications they need. Each healthcare organization works differently; however, the universal goal of MAP is to match the prescribed medication with programs that may provide the patients medications at a reduced or no cost and help ease the burden on the patient in a difficult or trying time.

Lauren R Coletta, MPH, MS

Medication Program Coordinator II

Department of Medical Oncology Pharmacy

Smilow Cancer Center at Yale- New Haven Hospital


We are pleased to share CSHP is partnering with the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy (UCONN SOP) Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to help support our some of our goals. This includes ensuring all patient populations of community have equal opportunities to access pharmaceutical care, provide advancement for all pharmacy professionals in every stage of education, career development, and offer mentorship to diverse groups in the pharmacy community.

CSHP members are invited to participate in several opportunities with UCONN SOP DEI. Some examples are listed below:  

  • Precepting students conducting outreach activities (eg, health fairs, student presentations)
  • Serve as a guest speaker (eg, Lunch & Learn, Students of Color Mentorship, Professional Development lecture series, etc)
  • Mentor a student member of the UCONN SOP DEI

Here is the link for a general sign up to select the various ways in which you would like to support our DEI Committee’s initiatives with UCONN SOP: https://forms.gle/hmZdeUDecWcXpbpf9

To become involved in once monthly meetings to help achieve our DEI goals for CSHP, please sign up via our website Connecticut Society of Health System Pharmacists - Get Involved (cshponline.org). For any questions, please contact Teresa Papstein at Teresa.Papstein@bpthosp.org.


The U.S. population is more racially and ethnically diverse today than it was 20 years ago. Pharmacy profession diversity follows the same trend.

We created the CSHP DEI committee to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in pharmacy professional work environment as well as to support underserved community and advocate to improve patient access to pharmacist care.

One of our focus areas is advocating for and supporting internationally trained pharmacists based upon our membership feedback. The process of foreign pharmacy degree evaluation and licensure in the US is quite a challenging experience. It takes on average from 3 to 5 years to accomplish and include multiple exams and about a year of full-time internship (here you can reference the Foreign Pharmacist Path. PDF). Foreign trained pharmacists often come with a diverse background and different levels of experience where they can bring new perspectives and innovation in organizations’ practice. Inclusivity in health systems encourages their employees to bring their whole selves to work to drive happier, more engaged employees, which in turn contributes to organizational success.

As a result of this and membership feedback, we created resources and mentorship opportunities to support this professional minority group. 

CSHP DEI task force identified the following goals to support foreign-trained pharmacists:

  • Advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion for internationally trained pharmacists by ensuring access, opportunity, and advancement for all pharmacists in every stage of education and career development.
  • Provide guidance on the degree transfer process and US licensure for internationally trained pharmacy professionals.
  • Mentorship to internationally trained pharmacy professionals pursuing heath system career opportunities

Resources for Foreign Pharmacists

About CSHP

Since 1948, the Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists has represented the professional interests and provided professional development for CT pharmacists, educators and pharmacists in training.


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