August 23, 2016
By Sydney DuPriest
OXFORD, Miss. – A research program and two faculty members of the University of Mississippi’s School of Pharmacy were honored at this year’s meeting of the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists in late July.
The Innovative Health-Systems Pharmacy Practice Award went to the School of Pharmacy’s Community-Based Research Program, which provides counsel to underserved areas of the state, especially in the Delta.
Established in 2008, the program partners with state health projects, including the Delta Pharmacy Patient Care Management Project and Transitions of Care, to improve patients’ transition from hospital to home by assisting them with medication adherence. This program also received the 2011-12 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award.
MSHP’s most prestigious award, the Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award, went to Joshua Fleming, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, for service to the community and profession, as well as contributions to the progress of his health care team.
“We are thrilled that Dr. Fleming was recognized as the 2016 MSHP Health-System Pharmacist of the Year,” said Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean for clinical affairs. “With his interest in leadership and advocacy, he has demonstrated his commitment to service for our profession. He has taken a leadership role in residency training with the School of Pharmacy and has contributed a great deal to pharmacy in Mississippi and to MSHP.”
Anastasia Jenkins, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, received the MSHP service award for her work in increasing student involvement in the organization. She has served in many capacities for MSHP, including as treasurer.
Jenkins is “always eager to help and does it with a contagious smile,” said Todd Dear, assistant dean for medical center affairs for the School of Pharmacy and president of MSHP
“She is never satisfied with the status quo and pushes herself and those around her,” Dear said. “She is an excellent team player and the perfect example of a model servant leader.”
Courtney Davis, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy, was also installed as president of MSHP.
“We are so fortunate to have such outstanding faculty at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy,” said Dean David D. Allen. “They are making a difference every day in our students, in our underserved communities and in our profession.”