182032 Do U.S. professional organizations encourage pharmacists to fully participate in public health activities?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Meghan V. Davlin, PharmD Candidate , College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
Natalie A. DiPietro, Pharm D, MPH , College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
Karen L. Kier, PhD, RPh , College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
With their highly-specialized training and accessibility, U.S. pharmacists have a tremendous opportunity to impact public health at micro- and macro-levels through provision of preventive services, patient education, and monitoring medication compliance. The 2007 accreditation standards for U.S. colleges of pharmacy require inclusion of public health-related topics in Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculums. The American Public Health Association has long supported the utility of pharmacists in public health and, most recently, released a policy statement titled “The Role of the Pharmacist in Public Health” in 2006. However, it is not known whether professional pharmacy organizations recognize and advocate the role of pharmacy in public health. This study is a systematic review of 14 influential national professional pharmacy organizations representing pharmacists working in some aspect of patient care. The primary objective is to determine whether these groups acknowledge the potential opportunities for pharmacists in public health activities and encourage members to participate. In this presentation, data collected through a rubric regarding each organization's mission statement, vision statement, goals, policy statements, and current initiatives/campaigns will be reported. The scope and content of the organizations' philosophies and programs for public health pharmacy practice will be described. The overall trends and unique public health advocacy campaigns by individual organizations that align with the ten essential public health services will be highlighted. Additionally, essential services not acknowledged will be identified. Understanding whether professional pharmacy organizations encourage pharmacists to be active participants in public health activities will provide key information for future public health initiatives with pharmacists.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe opportunities for pharmacists to impact public health at both the micro- and macro-level. 2. List current barriers for pharmacists’ participation in public health activities and possible solutions. 3. Quantify the extent to which national professional pharmacy organizations recognize and advocate the role of pharmacy in public health. 4. Describe common trends and key differences among professional pharmacy organizations’ philosophies on the role of the pharmacist in public health.

Keywords: Pharmacists, Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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