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NACDS, APHA, CDC Foundation to host session on advancing health equity

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the American Public Health Association, or APHA, and the CDC Foundation will host a preconference workshop designed to convene public health, pharmacy and healthcare stakeholders to identify gaps in patient care access, leverage partnerships and determine practices for improved population health outcomes.

The forum will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 in advance of the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo at the San Diego Convention Center.

The workshop, titled Advancing Health Equity and Patient Care through Public Health and Community Pharmacy Partnerships, will focus on the power of public-private collaboration to enhance diabetes and hypertension treatment, to enhance preventive health services including immunizations, and to advance other pivotal topics.

The preconference workshop comes on the heels of the publication of an article in the October Journal of Preventive Medicine, titled Impact of community pharmacist-provided preventive services on clinical, utilization, and economic outcomes: An umbrella review.

“With the ongoing shift from volume to value and increased accountability of healthcare providers for managing population health and costs, health systems must adopt new strategies for utilizing their resources more efficiently, including the delivery of preventive services,” the article said. “Community pharmacies are particularly well positioned to support these efforts.”

The article was authored by experts from the University of Pittsburgh and the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care. The research was funded by NACDS. A representative of the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care will present at the preconference workshop.

“This year’s session is the natural progression of NACDS’ collaboration to help improve public health through prevention and treatment alike. The recent publishing of the Journal of Preventive Medicine article demonstrates the comprehensive work underway to better leverage community pharmacy and other resources to advance the nation’s public health goals,” NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson said.

Registration for the preconference workshop is complimentary. Limited space is available, and online registration currently is open.

“The CDC Foundation focuses on creating greater impact for public health through collaboration. We look forward to co-hosting this event and exploring new and creative ways to work with community pharmacists and advance our work together.” CDC foundation president and CEO Judith Monroe will open the preconference workshop by leading a plenary session on “Social Determinants of Health and Equity,” Monroe said.
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