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Dr. Melanie Dicks is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy where she teaches with a focus on patient-centered care in ambulatory and community settings. She coordinates and teaches in the Community Service-Learning component of the Patient-Centered Care Experience course series. Dr. Dicks also teaches in the Wellness & Health Promotion course. Within the College, she serves on the Academic Performance Committee and advises the UK chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association. As a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, Dr. Dicks serves at Bluegrass Community Health Center (BCHC) where she is part of an interdisciplinary health care team and approach to provide medication therapy management, collaborative drug therapy management, pharmacotherapy consultation, and other clinical pharmacy services to optimize therapy for patient populations, including those vulnerable and indigent. At this same practice site, she serves as the Residency Program Director for the UKCOP/BCHC PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program. Dr. Dicks’ practice and research interests include the provision of culturally-sensitive care, caring for indigent populations, medication-assisted treatment in substance use disorders, community service-learning, and social entrepreneurship. She is a 2000 graduate of Kentucky State University, a 2004 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, and was residency-trained at The Ohio State University. She continues with a passion in serving the comprehensive educational needs of pharmacy students as well as underserved populations. Dr. Dicks strives to advance cultural diversity efforts with hopes of closing health disparity gaps and improving patient outcomes in underserved populations.



  • Health Disparities in Underserved Populations
  • Culturally-Sensitive Care
  • Community Service-Learning
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment in Substance Use Disorders
  • Social Entrepreneurship


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We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.