by Walgreens Stories
23 February 2021
Pharmacy manager Melanie Owens, along with a childcare worker, firefighter and grocery store director, were invited by the White House to discuss the ongoing struggles of Black essential co-workers during COVID-19.

Pharmacy manager Melanie Owens of Chicago, participated in a roundtable conducted by President Joe Biden to recognize the efforts of Black frontline workers and first responders in honor of Black History Month.

Owens discusses the vaccine rollout in her community, the Health Equity Initiative launch at her Walgreens pharmacy and her own experience receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in this panel moderated by Susan Rice, head of the White House Domestic Policy Council. In response to Owens, President Biden discusses his decision to support pharmacies with funding through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership: