Presentation on theme: "The Pharmacist Professional Advisory Committee (PharmPAC) Public Health Pharmacy Sub Group Jeffrey Tworzyanski Raj Bykadi Charlie Hoppes Nina Nwaba."— Presentation transcript:
The Pharmacist Professional Advisory Committee (PharmPAC) Public Health Pharmacy Sub Group Jeffrey Tworzyanski Raj Bykadi Charlie Hoppes Nina Nwaba J. Lloyd Johnson Vasavi Reddy Sharon Gershon Brenda Marques Diane Frankenfield Donald Reese Laura Pincock Leo Zadecky Martin Pollock Kristina Arnwine Kathy Oh Kimberly Compton Jinhee Jahng John Quinn Nora Roselle Melanie Shin Carol Holquist Bill Koch Tia Harper-Velazquez Martin Pollock Michelle Dillahunt Paras Patel
Mission Statement: Through the PharmPAC mission: To support and recognize interventions in the field of pharmacy which promote community health and prevent community health problems.
Current Public Health Concerns: Some of the public health challenges we face today are as a result of lifestyle changes and personal choices Sedentary Lifestyle/Improper Diet Sexual Behavior/STD’s/Unexpected Pregnancy Substance Abuse: Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs Family Violence Suicide
APhA Addresses Public Health Issues: It is encouraging to see a clear message to pharmacists on major public health problems Recent APhA Pharmacy Today topics: Pharmacists and Immunizations Pediatric Obesity Low-carb Diets, Calories in weight management Condoms/lubricants Men’s Health – Smoking Women’s Health column also addresses these issues
Pharmacists as Public Health Educators Excellent Communication Skills Trustworthy People Oriented Easily Accessible Experts in giving health care information Well connected with other healthcare providers
Group Goals Encourage pharmacist volunteerism in public health-related areas To collaborate with the American Pharmacists Association To reach a wide audience through journals, websites, and meetings To solicit and broadcast stories about pharmacists who have volunteered in their community
Pharmacy Volunteerism to Address Public Health Problems Need organized effort to recruit pharmacist volunteers Volunteerism is a rewarding outlet for pharmacists Volunteer-pharmacist pool is expected to increase as baby-boomer pharmacists retire
Some Areas Suited to Pharmacist Volunteerism Smoking Cessation Youth Counseling – Drug Abuse, STD’s, Pregnancy Prevention Active Lifestyle/Diet Modification Activities Elder Outreach – Nursing Home Activities Immunizations Emergency Response
Pharmacy Week 2004 Venue: Montgomery Community College Intervention for young people with many expected years of life Students at impressionable age Help students get the facts on health issues Educate students on public health issues Recruit students into health care related fields – Careers in the PHS Limitations of this intervention
A Partnership to Encourage Pharmacist Volunteerism The PHS PharmPAC The PHS Offers Health care credibility, a “seal of approval” that is well known to all The PHS can offer expertise The American Pharmacists Association Can reach many pharmacists through journals, websites, and meetings Provide a forum for discussion to share successes in public health interventions
Pharmacy Today Column Best stories of pharmacist volunteerism can be held up to encourage further volunteer efforts, e.g., volunteerism in emergency/terrorism response Spotlight ideas for public health interventions, e.g. Pharmacy Week at Montgomery College, discuss venue, getting materials, etc. Encourage subgroups of pharmacists, e.g., retirees, to become active Stimulate formation of groups of pharmacists to come together to address specific Public Health issues
The Future The working group envisions the grass- roots coalescence of pharmacists into groups to address specific public health problems The working group envisions future research to determine where pharmacists now volunteer and where pharmacists can make the greatest impact with volunteer efforts
Summary The Public Health Working Group sees potential in pharmacists’ volunteer efforts at local and national levels The Working Group is proposing partnering with the APhA to encourage pharmacist volunteerism as a natural extension of the APhA’s efforts to educate pharmacists on broader public health issues.