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The pharmacy profession has a long history of supporting the public’s health, but the connection and involvement of pharmacists within the greater public health community has evolved more recently. APHA has supported the pharmacists’ role in public health through their development of policy statements (see APHA Policy 8024, 1981), with the most recent comprehensive addition in 2006 (Policy Number 200614) on “The Role of the Pharmacist in Public Health.” The 2006 policy statement presents a detailed analysis of the current roles of pharmacists in the public health practice and provides recommendations for future training and activities.

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The Pharmacy Section focuses on areas that include advancing the pharmacists' role in public health, safe medication use, and improving patient outcomes. Current areas of interest include:

  • Interprofessional public health practice
  • Medication adherence
  • Pharmaceutical economics: reimbursements, drug pricing, Medicare, Medicaid
  • Pharmacy policy and services utilization: Evaluation of outcomes of pharmacy services
  • Prescription drug misuse and abuse
  • Safe medication use and reduction of medication errors

Mission: The Pharmacy Section advances public health through the application of pharmacy knowledge and practice to promote health equity, access to care, and optimal health.

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Current Leadership:

Chair: Justin Gatwood, PhD, MPH

Chair-Elect: Katie Leslie, PhD, MS

Immediate Past Chair: Meghana Ray, PhD, MBA, BPharm

Secretary: Nana Entsuah, PharmD

Treasurer: Lt. Bryan Wilson, PharmD 

Membership Committee Chair: Aimrie Ream-Taylor, PharmD

Past Section Chairs:

2021-2022: Alina Cernasev, PhD, PharmD, MSc

2020-2021: Jing Wu, PharmD, MPH

2019-2020: Hoai-An Truong, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, FNAP

2018-2019: Natalie DiPietro Mager, PharmD, MPH

2017-2018: Donna Hubbard McCree, PhD, MPH, RPh

2016-2017: Suzanne Clark, RPh, PhD

2014-2016: Stuart Feldman, PhD

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