Through a project that brought together state health departments with pharmacy partner teams, pharmacists and student pharmacists in various states around the country have been getting more connected to patients in their communities.
For example, a West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ screening program for low-income women partnered with West Virginia University School of Pharmacy to provide high blood pressure education to 10 identified counties in need of hypertension providers. On the other side of the country, the Wyoming Department of Health connected with the Wyoming Board of Pharmacy.
They have discussed collaborating to advance the use of the pharmacists’ patient care process (PPCP) as well as collaborative practice agreements across the state.
These are just two examples of many developed by the National Association of Chronic disease Directors in coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart change in these states.