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 well-thought out 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 SPIG focuses on areas that include advancing the pharmacists role in the public’s 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

Contact us

Chair - Stuart Feldman

Chair-elect and Program Planner – Meghana Aruru 

Secretary - Suzanne Clark 

Committee on Membership - Trina von Waldner

Student Membership - Cathleen Mathew

At-Large Members

Jack E. Fincham

Audrey Jacobson

Sara E. Rubin

Robert J. Tosatto