Who We Are

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.

Timeline

2019
2019

CEC Medication Education and Wellness Center

CEC Medication Education and Wellness Center to open December, 2019

2019

Established and leading the ACT (Academia-CPESN Transformation) Pharmacy Collaborative

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.

2019

Launched the Pharmacy Innovation Network (PIN)

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.

2019

Leading Pennsylvania’s statewide initiative to Flip The Pharmacy

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

2019

Partnered with NASA for a student team experiment

Partnered with NASA for a student team experiment on the International Space Station

2018
2018

PERU – Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Key leadership in the development of the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

2018

Fostered formal relationship with the Allegheny County Health Department

Fostered formal relationship with the Allegheny County Health Department to support all County pharmacy services in partnership with Duquesne University

2017
2017

Pharmacy Innovation Experience Research (PIER) Program

Established the Pharmacy Innovation Experience Research (PIER) program to increase awareness amongst minority high school students of pharmacists’ roles in healthcare

2017

Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) Benefit

Partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Office of Human Resources to establish an employee Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) Benefit

2017

Partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center (CEC)

Partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center (CEC) leadership to develop the CEC in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh

2016
2016

PERU – SBIRT training for health professional students

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)

2016

PERU – Pennsylvania Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center (TAC)

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

2016

PERU – U.S. Attorney Hickton National Heroin Task Force

Committee Member, U.S. Attorney Hickton National Heroin Task Force (Dr.Pringle)

2016

NIH All of Us Precision Medicine Initiative

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.

2016

Created the RxTalent Team

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

2016

Community Leadership & Innovation in Practice (CLIP) Center

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

2015
2015

PERU – Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies

Developed the initial evaluation for the construct and use of the Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies (EQuiPP)

2015

Established a collaboration with the University of Namibia

Established a collaboration with the University of Namibia to enhance clinical training of pharmacists and pharmacy students

2014
2014

Led and supported the establishment of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care Network

Led and supported the establishment of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care Network now including over 150 independent and grocery store pharmacies statewide

2013
2013

Continuously integrate state and national patient care initiatives into P2 CLIP Workshop series

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)

2013

Established CLIP Area of Concentration

Established Area of Concentration for students to personalize their learning by serving communities: Community Leadership & Innovation in Practice

2013

Created the Community Leadership & Innovation in Practice Workshop (CLIP) Series

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..Read More

2013

P2 Experiential Learning designed to simulate a community pharmacy enhanced services network

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

2013

Develop the foundation of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care 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)

2013

PERU – Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Implementation of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in emergency departments

2013

Collaboratively created the “Panther Clinic”

Collaboratively created the “Panther Clinic” –a multi-disciplinary, student led, free health clinic on weekends at the Birmingham Clinic

2013

Global Health Area of Concentration

Global Health Area of Concentration established for PharmD students

2012
2012

NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars Program

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.

2011
2011

PERU – Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation (CMMI)

Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation (CMMI) Advisor’s Program (Dr. Pringle)

2010
2010

PERU – Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition

Chair and Initiative Facilitator, Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition (Dr. Pringle)

2010

Healthy People 2020

Healthy People 2020 integration into didactic and service learning/experiential learning program

2010

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency-focus on underserved populations

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency-focus on underserved populations initiated

2010

Matilda Theiss Health Center

Established partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers(FQHC) to provide care: Matilda H. Theiss Health Center

2009
2009

Patient-Safety and Clinical Services Collaborative (PSPC)

Facilitated Patient-Safety and Clinical Services Collaborative (PSPC) with Forbes Pharmacy (psychiatric outpatient care) and a rural FQHC and pharmacy location

2009

Global Health Elective

Global Health Elective established for PharmD students

2008
2008

Pitt campus-wide employee immunization program

Established annual Pitt campus-wide employee immunization program providing more than 3,300 influenza vaccinations yearly

2007
2007

First in the nation Community Pharmacy Research Fellowship

Established first in the nation Community Pharmacy Research Fellowship

2006
2006

Established PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program

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)

2006

Modernized the community pharmacy IPPE experience

Modernized the community pharmacy IPPE experience in over 70 locations to include practice development and direct patient care

2005
2005

Medication Therapy Management Training for Pharmacists

Developed Medication Therapy Management Training for Pharmacists including “The Pennsylvania Project” (2005,  2008)

2005

International Partnerships

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)

2004
2004

Silver Scripts Program

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

2004

Northside Christian Health Center

Established partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) to provide care: Northside Christian Health Center

2004

Partnership with Rite Aid Pharmacy at the corporate level

Formalized partnership with Rite Aid Pharmacy at the corporate level

2003
2003

Rx Council

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

1998
1998

Primary Care Health Services-Alma Illery

Fostered partnership with Primary Care Health Services-Alma Illery, a Federally Qualified Health Center for student IPPE and APPE experiences

1996
1996

Health Care for the Homeless and Operation Safety Net

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

1994
1994

Birmingham Free Clinic

Established pharmacy services at the Birmingham Free Clinic, South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, providing pharmaceutical care to underinsured/uninsured individuals