We are an engaged team of faculty, residents, fellows, students, and partners dedicated to advancing the way pharmacy is practiced in our communities, regionally, nationally, and across the globe. We believe every person should have access to pharmacist-provided care in their communities. We are committed to ensuring the best practice tools, education, and policies are widely accessible to make a difference in the way people achieve better health.
CEC Medication Education and Wellness Center to open December, 2019
Established and leading the ACT (Academia-CPESN Transformation) Pharmacy Collaborative funded by the Community Pharmacy Foundation. A nationwide initiative to engage schools and faculty nationwide who are teaching and engaged with community pharmacy practice transformation.
Launched the Pharmacy Innovation Network (PIN), a research network for community pharmacies and pharmacists interested in partnering on research initiatives to improve care to people in communities.
Leading Pennsylvania’s statewide initiative to Flip The Pharmacy to facilitate the provision of enhanced patient care services in over 40 community pharmacies, many of which serve rural areas and/or underserved populations
Partnered with NASA for a student team experiment on the International Space Station
Key leadership in the development of the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Fostered formal relationship with the Allegheny County Health Department to support all County pharmacy services in partnership with Duquesne University
Established the Pharmacy Innovation Experience Research (PIER) program to increase awareness amongst minority high school students of pharmacists’ roles in healthcare
Partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Office of Human Resources to establish an employee Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) Benefit
Partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center (CEC) leadership to develop the CEC in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh
PERU’s Pennsylvania Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (TAC) provides counties statewide with evidence-based technical assistance to reduce overdose in their communities. These efforts are housed centrally at overdosefreePA.org
Committee Member, U.S. Attorney Hickton National Heroin Task Force (Dr.Pringle)
Created the RxTalent Team to provide education and training to area high schools on pharmacy on the use of opioid antagonists using a human simulator
NIH All of Us Precision Medicine Initiative to establish a nationwide research network representative of the diversity of people in the United States. We partnered with the University’s Clinical Research Institute and Giant Eagle Pharmacies to serve as key enrollment and education sites.
SBIRT training for health professional students in a wide range of states through a grant funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Formally established the Community Leadership & Innovation in Practice (CLIP) Center within PittPharmacy to be the School’s home for community-focused faculty, staff, students, and programs
Developed the initial evaluation for the construct and use of the Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies (EQuiPP)
Established a collaboration with the University of Namibia to enhance clinical training of pharmacists and pharmacy students
Led and supported the establishment of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care Network now including over 150 independent and grocery store pharmacies statewide
Continuously integrate state and national patient care initiatives into P2 CLIP Workshop series including Million Hearts Initiative (2013), Script Your Future (2015-2019), Poison Prevention with Pittsburgh Poison Center(2016-present), Be Antibiotics Aware with the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health (2016-present)
P2 Experiential Learning designed to simulate a community pharmacy enhanced services network. All 114 P2 students have 12, 8-hour sessions at a community pharmacy location providing and documenting, and “billing” for patient care to simulate the working of a clinically integrated network
CDC/Pennsylvania Department of Health/Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association grant and partnership to develop the foundation of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care Network to foster the growth of community pharmacy patient care services statewide. (2013-present)
Implementation of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in emergency departments
Established Area of Concentration for students to personalize their learning by serving communities: Community Leadership & Innovation in Practice
Created the Community Leadership & Innovation in Practice Workshop (CLIP) Series within the P2 community pharmacy IPPE experience. Four workshops are held during the spring semester modeled after a state or national association meeting. To date, over 20 state and national speakers have joined the series. Students, preceptors, faculty and alumni participate.
Global Health Area of Concentration established for PharmD students
Collaboratively created the “Panther Clinic” –a multi-disciplinary, student led, free health clinic on weekends at the Birmingham Clinic
Partnership with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation to develop, manage, and mentor the NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars Program. This nationwide program for assistant professors supports the growth of each faculty’s community-based research program.
Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation (CMMI) Advisor’s Program (Dr. Pringle)
Chair and Initiative Facilitator, Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition (Dr. Pringle)
Healthy People 2020 integration into didactic and service learning/experiential learning program
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency-focus on underserved populations initiated
Established partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers(FQHC) to provide care: Matilda H. Theiss Health Center
Global Health Elective established for PharmD students
Facilitated Patient-Safety and Clinical Services Collaborative (PSPC) with Forbes Pharmacy (psychiatric outpatient care) and a rural FQHC and pharmacy location
Established annual Pitt campus-wide employee immunization program providing more than 3,300 influenza vaccinations yearly
Established first in the nation Community Pharmacy Research Fellowship
Established PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program with Rite Aid Pharmacy (2006), and subsequently with Giant Eagle Pharmacy (2013) and Asti’s South Hills Pharmacy (2017)
Modernized the community pharmacy IPPE experience in over 70 locations to include practice development and direct patient care
Developed Medication Therapy Management Training for Pharmacists including “The Pennsylvania Project” (2005, 2008)
Initiated international partnerships within countries of high need for advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) including locations in: Honduras in partnership with the Pittsburgh Shoulder to Shoulder Program, Malawi (2007), Philippines (2009), Namibia (2016)
Established the Silver Scripts program with Pittsburgh City Parks senior centers where first-and second-year professional students provide medication education/reviews to senior citizens, under preceptor supervision, at 14 centers in high need Pittsburgh communities
Established partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) to provide care: Northside Christian Health Center
Formalized partnership with Rite Aid Pharmacy at the corporate level
Initiated partnership with Rx Council for students to assist a non-profit community agency utilizing Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Patient Assistance Programs to assist patients in accessing medications
Fostered partnership with Primary Care Health Services-Alma Illery, a Federally Qualified Health Center for student IPPE and APPE experiences
Initiated collaboration with Health Care for the Homeless and Operation Safety Net to provide needed medication-related care and for student IPPE and APPE experiences
Established pharmacy services at the Birmingham Free Clinic, South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, providing pharmaceutical care to underinsured/uninsured individuals