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Unique partnership will promote sustainability training for pharmacists
Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Contact:  Brian Kirschner
Contact Email:  b.kirschner@usp.edu
Contact Phone:  215.895.1186
 
University of the Sciences (USciences) and Practice Greenhealth (PGH) announced that they have established a first-of-its kind partnership to develop and promote sustainability training for pharmacists, pharmacy students and related professionals. Among other things, USciences and PGH will partner to develop training modules that will increase sustainability knowledge and practices in both institutional and community pharmacies across the country.

(Photo caption: Dr. Andrew Peterson, dean of USciences’ Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy with Anna Gilmore Hall, executive director of Practice Greenhealth.)
 
"In this endeavor, we’re proud to partner with University of the Sciences, a highly respected institution, founded in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the nation’s first school of pharmacy," said Anna Gilmore Hall, executive director of Practice Greenhealth. "Pharmacies deal every day with a number of issues that touch upon sustainability, including the proper disposal of pharmaceuticals. With hundreds of thousands of pharmacists working across the country, this partnership represents a wonderful opportunity to extend sustainable practices to yet another sector of the health care industry."
 
Part of the USciences and PGH partnership includes developing a methodology for assessing the effectiveness of sustainability training for pharmacists. The groups will also assess the feasibility of similar course offerings to pharmacy students at USciences. Practice Greenhealth and University of the Sciences will also encourage collaborative and cooperative research activities that support the development of educational programs relating to pharmacists and sustainability.
 
"We are proud to partner with Practice Greenhealth on the issues of sustainability in pharmacy practice," said Dr. Andrew Peterson, dean of USciences’ Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy. "This partnership will add the missing ingredients—education and training—so that current and future pharmacists can make a positive impact on the environment."
 
"This collaboration will provide a great opportunity for leadership in sustainability education and research in pharmacy practice," said Dr. Lisa Lawson, dean of USciences’ Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. "With pharmacists already trusted members of the healthcare community, their involvement is key to providing environmental safeguards and safe medication handling."
 
About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in healthcare that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders. Beyond helping members establish goals and best practices, Practice Greenhealth provides specific tools, education and assistance in reaching those goals. Practice Greenhealth offers a variety of programs and services to its members, including environmental purchasing, sustainable operations, continuing education, webinars, networking opportunities, communications, and an annual Environmental Excellence Awards program recognizing the achievements of member institutions. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org
 
About University of the Sciences
At University of the Sciences, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the science and healthcare-related fields. A private institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the science and healthcare marketplaces since its founding in 1821. Students in USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in the lives of people worldwide through such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy. For more information, visit www.usciences.edu.
 
 
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