November 6, 2017
By Sydney Slotkin DuPriest
JACKSON, Miss. – University of Mississippi clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice and president-elect of the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists Anastasia Jenkins accepted a grant on behalf of MSHP from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation to help advance and improve pharmacy practice and ambulatory care in the state of Mississippi.
ASHP’s Ambulatory Care State Affiliate Workshop grant, which will be held at the MSHP annual meeting next summer, will support a workshop for pharmacy leaders in Mississippi to share ideas about how the state can improve the pharmacy care it provides. As part of the workshop, a representative from ASHP will present information to MSHP attendees about what is needed to develop an action plan and identify top areas of potential impact.
The grant is part of a project called the Pharmacy Advancement Initiative, which was started by ASHP to guide pharmacists across the country in how to improve the practice of pharmacy, particularly surrounding ambulatory care.
Jenkins said she was “thrilled” to have a member of ASHP help implement the project in Mississippi.
“The opportunity to have someone invested in supporting us and sharing in our successes is fantastic, and we are so grateful to the ASHP Foundation for this opportunity,” Jenkins said.
Although the leader of this workshop has yet to be identified, ASHP will appoint someone who fits Mississippi’s needs and who has proven success in implementing a similar ambulatory care PAI in their state. That person will guide MSHP in implementing its PAI over the course of the next year.
“The ASHP Foundation has been instrumental in helping to advance the practice of pharmacy nationally,” said Josh Fleming, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice and co-chair with Jenkins of the MSHP task force that determined the workshop as the best course of action. “This grant will help us go even further in advancing pharmacy practice in Mississippi, especially in the ambulatory and community settings.”
The workshop will also focus on establishing practice sites and collaborative practice agreements, competency and credentialing, billing for services and tracking and documenting clinical outcomes.
After the workshop, $2,000 from ASHP will go toward activities that promote pharmacy practice advancement in Mississippi. These activities will be determined by the ASHP presenter, the MSHP task force and workshop attendees.