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Public Health SIG Webinar 2

Topic: Educating Pharmacists on Quality Improvement


  • Provide brief overview of Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA)'s quality measure development process
  • Discuss importance of quality improvement (QI) in pharmacy education
  • Provide overview of EPIQ and Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans & Pharmacies (EQUIPP)
  • Provide an Academic Affairs Committee at PQA update

Documents: Educating Pharmacists on Quality Improvement.pdf

When: November 12th, 2014 1PM Eastern Time


Ana Hincapie, PhD
Ana Hincapie, PhD, is an assistant professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP) where she teaches drug information and offers an elective on quality and safety.  Prior to joining CNUCOP, Dr. Hincapie was a graduate research associate at the University of Arizona. Additionally, in 2011, Dr. Hincapie collaborated in the patient safety department at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where she gained experience on patient safety initiatives from a public health perspective and established professional collaborations within and across disciplines.  Dr. Hincapie holds MSc and PhD degrees in Pharmacoeconomics, Policy, and Health Outcomes from the University of Arizona as well as a BS in Pharmacy from the National University of Colombia.

Terri L. Warholak, PhD
Terri L. Warholak, PhD, is an Associate Professor Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy, Tucson and serves as an investigator within the Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research.  She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Purdue University.  From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Warholak served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service where her clinical pharmacy experience spans from inpatient to community practice and included 5 years in the Indian Health Service and an assignment at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Warholak served on the faculty at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy where she was recognized in 2003 as winner of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Council of Faculties Innovations in Teaching Competition for her work titled “Application of Quality Assurance Principles: Reducing Medication Errors in 30 Pharmacy Practice Settings.”  The Pharmacy quality Alliance recently awarded Dr. Warholak and colleagues a grant to develop a national educational program for student pharmacists and pharmacists focused on quality measurement and improvement.  Dr. Warholak’s teaching and research interests include medication error reduction, health information technology, and bringing pharmaceutical care to underserved populations.  As such, she has substantial experience collaborating with pharmacists and other health care providers.  She has participated in studies evaluating the quality of patient care, techniques for reducing medication errors, and served as Lead Researcher on the AHRQ funded project entitled “Maximizing the Effectiveness of e-Prescribing between Physicians and Community Pharmacies.” Dr. Warholak is involved in electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) and health information technology projects on the state and national levels including the Arizona Medicaid Transformation Grant: Health Information Exchange and Health Record (HIeHR) Project and the EAzRx E-Prescribing Initiative for Arizona Health-e Connection. Dr. Warholak has edited a book, published over 65 papers, abstracts, and book chapters and has been invited to present at the local, state, and national levels.

Public Health SIG Webinar 1

Topic: Interprofessional Public Health Opportunities for PharmD Students

Public health training is encouraged for academic PharmD programs. For Colleges/Schools without PharmD/MPH dual degree options or similarly dedicated programs or coursework, additional opportunities exist through interprofessional research opportunities and competitive national programs. Not only do these programs provide valuable experiences for PharmD students, they provide exposure of the public health community and professionals to our graduates’ capabilities and skills. 


  • Discuss qualities and skills PharmD students can bring to a public health environment
  • Share interprofessional public health training and research opportunities for PharmD students, including examples from the NYC Health Department, the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program, Lilly Foundation Grants, and the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program
  • Identify and differentiate national public health training and research opportunities for PharmD students, eligibility and submission calendars

When: April 21st, 1 pm – 2 pm Eastern Time


Vibhuti Arya, PharmD
Assistant Clinical Professor, St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Advisor, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Meghana Aruru, BS Pharm, PhD, MBA
Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences
Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy

Suzanne Clark, BS Pharm, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy

Carriann Richey-Smith, PharmD, CDE, BCPS
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Director of Outreach
Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Carrie Maffeo
Associate Professor - Pharmacy Practice
Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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