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Do your part to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular death! We Invite You To Become a Team Up. Pressure Down. Pioneer!

Repeatedly, pharmacy faculty are the catalyst for change in the profession and across healthcare. This is seen in the HRSA Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Collaborative and a number of other innovative clinical settings where improving the quality of care is paramount. So, the challenge to pharmacy faculty and faculty-led student organizations is to engage with community-based pharmacists to ensure their competence to consistently implement the Million Hearts/Team Up. Pressure Down program. Most of you are probably already partners with many of these pharmacists as part of your experiential education program. For those pharmacists that are not currently part of your experiential education programs the Million Hearts/Team Up. Pressure Down. program provides you with the opportunity to approach and develop potential experiential learning sites by encouraging those pharmacists to become pioneers in this important public health program. These community-based pharmacists are your pioneers!

All the information you should need to begin to engage your community-based pharmacist partners is available on this Web page. The process is easy:

  1. Decide that you will participate in the program-to reduce working at cross purposes we recommend that there be one submission from any college or school of pharmacy;
  2. Develop your strategy for how and with whom you will seek engagement;
  3. Send a letter of intent (details in the Phase I document below) to Will Lang; and
  4. Implement your strategies as recommended in the Team Up. Pressure Down. Timeline

You can decide when you want to begin to implement your strategies with your pioneers. While you may see documents that indicate that a letter of intent must be received by AACP prior to October 31, 2012 you are welcome to participate in the Pioneer Challenge as long as you can effectively engage with your community-based pharmacist partners and allow for adequate collection of information within at least a six month time period prior to the end of information collection, October 31, 2013. Therefore, AACP will not accept letters of intent that establish a second-engagement period after May 1, 2013. We request that ALL WORK be completed by October 31, 2013.

The Phase 2 information collection questions document found below includes additional information including an overview, reason for participation, and the information collection tool. IMPORTANT NOTE as of 11/12/2012: The format of this information collection tool will be formatted to accommodate ease of response for the partner identified as the best respondent. The re-formatted information tool will be placed on the AACP TUPD Web page and organizations that have submitted letters of intent will be notified directly via e-mail that the reformatted information collection tool is available.

Over the next year your information collection will find its way into an overall program assessment that may lead to the development of a change package similar to that developed for the HRSA PSPC Collaborative. In this way, your engagement will support the development of medication adherence services implementation strategies that can be consistently and competently delivered and are scalable…important considerations for reducing service delivery variability and providing the opportunity for payment for service delivery.

It is in the best interest of patients, your students and your community partners that colleges and schools of pharmacy once again accept the leadership position of increasing patient access to high quality, evidence-based clinical and population health interventions. You are key to ensuring that patients, no matter where they live, seeking these services from their accessible community-based pharmacist will find a ready partner to support them and all the members of their care team to successfully meet treatment goals and patient-centered outcomes.

As always, if you have questions please send them in an e-mail to Will Lang.

AACP is excited about the interest the Pioneer Challenge is generating. To assist our members in determining their participation, we are providing a Frequently Asked Questions list (as of December 2012) that we will continue to update.

As a reminder, the Million Hearts/Team Up. Pressure Down tools and resources are available on the Million Hearts Web site.

Team Up. Pressure Down. Project Timeline

Team Up. Pressure Down. Phase I Information Letter

Team Up. Pressure Down. Phase 2 Information Collection Questions

Team Up. Pressure Down. Patient Interaction Form - First Intervention

Team Up. Pressure Down. Patient Interaction Form - Follow Up Intervention(s)

Team Up. Pressure Down. Community Pharmacist Partner Information Collection Questions

Team Up. Pressure Down. Faculty Partner Information Collection Questions

Team Up. Pressure Down. Team Leads Information Collection Questions

On December 12, staff from AACP and NCPA walked through the Pioneer Challenge documents with interested and confirmed Pioneer Challenge participants through a recorded Webinar. Since most of the discussion was about the Challenge documents, when viewing the Webinar you should access these documents detailed above. 

Last updated on: 1/8/2013 11:00 AM 

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