University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy & DHA
University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy & Delta Health Alliance … A Winning Combination!
(Stoneville, MS) – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and the Delta Health Alliance (DHA) are partners in an ambitious project to reshape the way patients interact with their pharmacists. The Delta Pharmacy Patient Care Management Project (Delta Pharmacy Project) focuses on residents in the medically underserved Mississippi Delta who suffer from chronic illnesses such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. The goal is to improve the health of these patients by helping them learn more about their specific diseases and the drugs they are taking to treat those diseases. The program, along with the School’s other community-based projects in the Mississippi Delta, recently received recognition from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy with the 2011-12 AACP Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award.
According to Dr. Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean of clinical affairs and chair of Pharmacy Practice, the award is given to schools that commit to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice, and research. “We are fortunate to have a truly gifted team working on these projects,” said Dr. Ross. “They are committed to helping others, and this award is a reflection of their hard work over the last few years. This recognition is given for transformative service, and this is achieved only through successful partnerships in the region. Delta Health Alliance has been an extraordinary partner, providing vision and support for the Delta Pharmacy Project and other initiatives.”
The Delta Pharmacy Project expands the role of the pharmacist by offering Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services in community pharmacies, provider clinics, and employer-based settings. This allows pharmacists to spend more time with patients educating them about their health condition, the safe and effective use of their medication, and how to get the desired health benefits at the lowest possible costs. A participating pharmacist partners with a patient to conduct a complete review of all medications, ensuring that all medications are being used appropriately. According to Dr. Karen Fox, President & CEO of Delta Health Alliance, “Pharmacists have an important role to play on the healthcare team and enhancing their role is helpful in addressing chronic disease and medication outcomes. We are encouraged by the results of the program and are hoping to see the program expand to other health concerns.”
The School of Pharmacy projects serve ten counties (Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Leflore, Panola, Sharkey, Tallahatchie, Washington, and Yazoo) and include 11 community pharmacies, 7 provider clinics and 1 employer-based program. As of the first of November, more than 1,500 patients are enrolled in the projects.
For more information about the Delta Pharmacy Patient Care Management Project or Delta Health Alliance, go to https://www.deltahealthalliance.org/projects/access/delta-pharmacy-patient-care-management. For more information about the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, visit http://www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/ or http://www.pharmd.org/delta/.