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Public Health Rep. 2017 May/Jun;132(3):298-303. doi: 10.1177/0033354917698126. Epub 2017 Apr 12.

Partners in Public Health: Public Health Collaborations With Schools of Pharmacy, 2015.

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1 Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, USA.
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2 College of Pharmacy, University of New England, Portland, ME, USA.
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3 College of Pharmacy Duluth, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, USA.
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4 College of Pharmacy, Roosevelt University, Schaumburg, IL, USA.
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5 School of Pharmacy-Worcester/Manchester, MCPHS University, Worcester, MA, USA.
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6 College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.
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7 College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
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8 College of Pharmacy, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL, USA.
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9 Oak Lawn VA Clinic, Hines, VA, USA.
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10 College of Pharmacy, California Northstate University, Elk Grove, CA, USA.

Abstract

To collect data on public health collaborations with schools of pharmacy, we sent a short electronic survey to accredited and preaccredited pharmacy programs in 2015. We categorized public health collaborations as working or partnering with local and/or state public health departments, local and/or state public health organizations, academic schools or programs of public health, and other public health collaborations. Of 134 schools, 65 responded (49% response rate). Forty-six (71%) responding institutions indicated collaborations with local and/or state public health departments, 34 (52%) with schools or programs of public health, and 24 (37%) with local and/or state public health organizations. Common themes of collaborations included educational programs, community outreach, research, and teaching in areas such as tobacco control, emergency preparedness, chronic disease, drug abuse, immunizations, and medication therapy management. Interdisciplinary public health collaborations with schools of pharmacy provide additional resources for ensuring the health of communities and expose student pharmacists to opportunities to use their training and abilities to affect public health. Examples of these partnerships may stimulate additional ideas for possible collaborations between public health organizations and schools of pharmacy.

KEYWORDS:

pharmacy; public health; schools

PMID:
28402757
PMCID:
PMC5415252
DOI:
10.1177/0033354917698126
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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