How do we help fully integrate pharmacists into the rapidly changing health care environment and prepare our faculty and students to understand and fulfill those roles?
The new Medication Adherence Educators Toolkit is an outgrowth of the 2012 Innovative Medication Adherence Educators Challenge sponsored by AACP and the National Community Pharmacists Association. Provided in the toolkit are current teaching strategies for preparing student pharmacists to detect, monitor and improve medication adherence in pharmacy practice. This valuable resource addresses the areas of assessing medication adherence, improving medication adherence through the use of aids, empowering patients to improve medication adherence and resolving barriers to medication adherence.
Top of mind in today’s society is the goal of health and wellness. This is due to a variety of reasons, including the “triple aim” of improving the experience of healthcare, improving the health of populations and reducing the costs of healthcare. Recognizing these priorities, AACP and the Food Marketing Institute Foundation collaborated this year to provide grant funding for small conceptualization practice model activities involving pharmacists and nutrition professionals in food retail establishments. Up to five Health and Wellness Pharmacy Practice Ideation Awards will be granted in July 2013 to individual pharmacy school faculty who collaborate with a retail or independent food market to explore a practice model activity involving pharmacy and nutrition. All awardees will present their research findings at the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting.
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy was honored for its significant institutional commitment to addressing unmet community healthcare needs through education, practice and research. One school program, the Delta Pharmacy Patient Care Management Project, has gone beyond the traditional academic role in service. The project is a community-based research approach to providing innovative pharmacy services in the Mississippi Delta, an impoverished region with many healthcare needs. This project has multiple initiatives, including implementing Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services, integrating pharmacists into health information technology, implementing disease education classes and developing two Community Pharmacy Residency positions.
(sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals)
The following teams were recognized for outstanding student-led community engagement programs delivering consumer education about medication use.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of PharmacyStudent Team Leader: Corey J. HayesFaculty Advisor: Schwanda K. Flowers, Pharm.D.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy began working with the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock in 2010. Screening and immunization clinics at the Consulate involved students and faculty from the College of Pharmacy, community pharmacists, community pharmacy residents and translators. Patients were screened for diabetes, hyperlipidemia, osteoporosis and hypertension. In addition, student pharmacists under pharmacists’ supervision provided H1N1 immunizations.
University of California, San Francisco School of PharmacyStudent Team Leader: Rebecca HluhanichFaculty Advisor: Marilyn R. Stebbins, Pharm.D.
The Partners in D program started at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy in 2006, when four student pharmacists and faculty identified a need to help underserved Medicare patients understand the Medicare Part D prescription drug program (Part D). Under the supervision of faculty members, students visited low-income housing complexes in the San Francisco Bay Area and used personal laptop computers and cell phones to help underserved seniors navigate the complex Part D benefit.
Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health ProfessionsStudent Team Leader: Edward M. SaitoFaculty Advisor: Ann M. Ryan-Haddad, Pharm.D.
The Creighton University Interprofessional Falls Prevention Program assisted Seven Oaks of Florence, an independent living community in Omaha, Neb., in completing its COLLAGE Health Assessments. This is a customized suite of standardized and systematic resident assessments that evaluate health and wellness in areas such as memory loss, nutrition, balance and mental well-being.
University of Nebraska Medical Center College PharmacyStudent Team Leader: Kyle McCartneyFaculty advisor: Kristen M. Cook, Pharm.D.
The Student Health Alliance Reaching Indigent Needy Groups (SHARING) Clinic is an interdisciplinary program that brings together medical, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, medical technology, public health, counseling and nutrition students. They provide care to the uninsured and indigent in the Omaha area in various clinic settings. These include a family medicine clinic, a clinic for prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and a clinic providing care for patients with type 2 diabetes.
The AACP Board of Directors approved the formation of a Pediatric Pharmacy Special Interest Group. This volunteer community will facilitate faculty collaboration and communication of innovations in teaching, research, practice and service activities related to neonatal and pediatric pharmacotherapy. By sharing ideas and experiences, this group can make a significant positive impact on student learning.
There are now 20 special interest groups representing the broad areas of pharmacy faculty expertise. Members are invited to join as many SIGs as they wish to enhance their membership value and professional development.
Last July, in partnership with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and Research Corporation Technologies’ Cottrell Foundation, AACP launched the Institute of Medicine Anniversary Fellowship Program for Pharmacy. This faculty development program brings a promising early-career pharmacist/faculty member to the interprofessional table of the IOM along with fellows from medicine and nursing. Over a two-year period the fellow is integrated into a variety of IOM studies, forums and workgroups, each addressing priority issues of health care organization, quality and financing.
The first fellow, Dr. Samuel G. Johnson, is a clinical instructor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He also serves as a clinical pharmacy specialist in applied pharmacogenomics at Kaiser Permanente in Denver.
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