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How Pharmacists Can Improve Our Nation’s Health

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 1pm EDT.

The expanded role of 21st century pharmacists will position them to have greater impact in the shifting landscape of health care and public health. Beyond the dispensing of medications, pharmacists also provide a spectrum of prevention services to help improve health outcomes. In the United States, people with chronic conditions account for 91% of all prescriptions filled.  By 2020, it is estimated that 157 million Americans will have at least 1 chronic non-infectious or infectious medical condition. By understanding and maximizing the role of pharmacists, opportunities exist to better use their knowledge and skills to improve our nation’s health.

New collaborative care models identify pharmacists as important contributors to the healthcare team. Enhanced training equips pharmacists with the necessary skills to provide a variety of preventive care and wellness services–increasing access to care for patients. For public health, incorporating pharmacists in team-based care increases patient awareness of the importance of medication adherence and further encourages and supports behavior change and self-management of many chronic illnesses and diseases.

Join us for this session of Public Health Grand Rounds as our speakers illustrate the impact of including pharmacists in team-based care, share tools that CDC has developed to facilitate incorporating pharmacists in public health initiatives, and provide examples of how pharmacists are working in healthcare settings to prevent and manage diseases.


October 2014

Beyond the Data Beyond brings you "take home" messages for you to use in your practice, in your classroom and in your home.

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Lori Hall explore the impact of pharmacists on health care and public health when included as contributors to a patient’s healthcare team.


  • Tend to be underutilized, despite their training and experience
  • Are medication experts, but they do more than just dispense medication

Involving pharmacists in expanded roles:

  • Increases the quality of care
  • Improves patient control of disorders and illnesses
  • Reduces healthcare cost

Presented By

Michael Lee, PharmD, NCPS, BCPS
Commander, U. S. Public Health Service
Director, Pharmacy
Claremore Indian Hospital
“Pharmacists as Transformative Agents in Public Health and Health Care”

Anne Burns, RPh
Vice President,
Professional Affairs
American Pharmacists Association
“Pharmacy in the 21st Century”

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
Executive Director, Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
“The Maryland P3 Program: A Collaborative Effort to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs”

Lori Hall, PharmD
Commander, U. S. Public Health Service
President, CDC Pharmacists Work Group
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
CDC’s Engagement of Pharmacists to Advance Public Health Priorities”

Facilitated By

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Additional Resources

Collaborative Practice Agreement Toolkits

  • Page last reviewed: October 1, 2014
  • Page last updated: October 1, 2014
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