Online Program

Partnering with pharmacists to provide preconception care

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Natalie A. DiPietro Mager, PharmD, MPH, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ada, OH
Pregnancy outcomes can be improved through increased provision of preconception care.  However, current literature suggests that many people are not routinely receiving the necessary education or interventions in the preconception or interconception period.  While pharmacists have been traditionally under-utilized resources in maternal and child health, pharmacists can be more effectively engaged to address the current gaps in preconception care.  Pharmacists are well-suited to impact preconception care interventions, either directly or through referral and collaboration.  This session will highlight opportunities to partner with pharmacists in 6 key areas: (1) to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies; (2) to provide education, counseling, and/or medication therapy management to prevent and manage health issues (such as folic acid use; smoking cessation; disease state management; screenings; management of teratogenic medications); (3) to administer needed vaccinations to patients per state law; (4) to interpret literature and to provide drug information regarding medication use and drug toxicity during pregnancy; (5) to raise awareness and to advocate for preconception care; and (6) to conduct research.   With their available nature and frequent patient interactions, pharmacists are well-positioned to work with other healthcare and public health professionals to ensure all men and women of childbearing potential have access to preconception care. There are many potential opportunities to partner with pharmacists to advance preconception care and improve pregnancy outcomes.

Learning Areas:

Clinical medicine applied in public health
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss why pharmacists are well-suited to impact public health priorities, including the improvement of pregnancy outcomes Explain the need for an interdisciplinary approach to preconception care Describe opportunities to collaborate with pharmacists to provide preconception care

Keyword(s): Maternal and Child Health, Pharmacists

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, a MPH-Epidemiology degree, and completed a fellowship in women's health. I have conducted research in pharmacist roles in preconception care since 1998. I am currently a faculty member at a college of pharmacy where I teach women's health, contraception, and preconception care and conduct research in this area. I have had multiple peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and invited lectures on the topic of roles for pharmacists in preconception care.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.