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School of Pharmacy Representatives to Accept APhA Foundation 2015 Pinnacle Award in Washington, D.C.

Representatives from the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy are set to accept a prestigious national award on Wednesday, September 16. Dean J. Douglas Bricker, along with Assistant Dean Dr. Janet Astle, Dr. Suzanne Higginbotham, Terri Kroh, and Dr. Christine O'Neil, will travel to Washington, DC to accept the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation 2015 Pinnacle Award.

According to Dr. Astle, the award highlights the accomplishments of the School's Pharmacy Service Centers and Academic Partners Program. The mission of the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy is to improve health outcomes by educating and mentoring students who advance the profession of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences research. Through the Pharmacy Service Centers and Academic Partners Program, the School accomplishes this mission by providing patient care services and educational outreach to members of the underserved community in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Established by the School in 2002, the Center for Pharmacy Care is a pharmacist-coordinated provider of disease prevention, health screenings, immunizations, and medication therapy management services for the University campus and adjacent communities. Dr. Higginbotham is the director of the Center for Pharmacy Care.

The Duquesne University Pharmacy, second of the Pharmacy Service Centers, opened in 2010 as the first university-operated, full-service community pharmacy in the nation located in the heart of an economically depressed neighborhood. The goal of the pharmacy is to improve access to medications and patient adherence while enhancing medication safely and reducing overall health expenditures. Kroh serves as Director of the Duquesne University Pharmacy.

The Academic Partners Program, which was designed to establish formal relationships between the School and its community healthcare partners, is dedicated to the improvement of health outcomes through patient care services, student education, the advancement of health outcomes research, and a commitment to social responsibility. Since 2010, faculty and student engagement through the Pharmacy Service Centers and Academic Partners Program has resulted in more than 19,000 patient encounters with documented improvements in health outcomes.

"We're honored to have been selected for a prestigious national award from APhA, which represents all sectors of pharmacy practice," said Dr. Astle.

See also: American Pharmacists Association