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Pharmacy Faculty Selected to Participate in PA “Flip the Pharmacy” Team

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on October 11, 2019

Karleen Melody, PharmD, associate professor of clinical pharmacy, and Elizabeth Harris, PharmD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, are part of a “practice transformation team” of pharmacists who were recently awarded a grant to support community pharmacists to build patient-focused businesses.

Drs. Melody and Harris are part of a team with faculty from University of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network who were awarded $115,772 in “Flip the Pharmacy” grant funding from the Community Pharmacy Foundation. The pharmacists are tasked with transforming 40 community pharmacies across Pennsylvania through the national “Flip the Pharmacy” initiative, which  helps pharmacists “flip” their business models from product-focused toward patient-focused models. 

The Community Pharmacy Foundation announced the grants in September, naming Practice Transformation Teams across 27 different states across all regions of the country which were chosen to participate in the first cohort of the multi-year program. Other states participating in the program include California, Colorado, New Jersey, Washington, and Michigan. 

The members of each team will act as implementation coaches for the two-year project, offering hands-on assistance to help transform more than 500 pharmacies across the country to implement six key transformation domains. Over the next five years, the program aims to impact more than 1,000 pharmacies.

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