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

Chair-Elect: Jing Wu, PharmD, MPH

Immediate Past Chair: Natalie DiPietro Mager, PharmD, MPH

Secretary: Alina Cernasev, PharmD, MPH

Treasurer: Audrey Kostrzewa, PharmD, MPH

Governing Councilors: Debbie Pestka; PharmD, PhD; and Nancy JW Lewis, PharmD, MPH

Section Councilors: Lindsey Weis, PharmD, MPH; Justin Gatwood, PharmD; Neveen Abdelghani, PharmD, MPH, MS; Vibhuti Arya, PharmD, MPH; Candace Haugtvedt, PhD, BSPharm; Derrick Waller, PharmD

Membership Chair: Katie Leslie, PharmD

Policy Chair: Lisa C. Flaherty PharmD, MPH

Program Chair/Planner: Barry Bleidt, PharmD, PhD

Student Liaison: Megan Day

Past Chairs:

2014-2016: Stuart Feldman, PhD

2016-2017: Suzanne Clark, RPh, PhD

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

2018-2019: Natalie DiPietro Mager, PharmD, MPH

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