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Critical Issue #4 

Advocacy
How do we strategically position AACP to carry out its advocacy agenda to build recognition of our members’ contributions to the health of the public?

Advocacy

Regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision with the Affordable Care Act, our nation will continue to need a reorganized healthcare system. This reorganization requires innovative approaches that improve health and healthcare and constrain cost. Through many collaborative efforts, AACP is affecting work at the local, state and federal levels to support a reorganized healthcare system. We envision a system that benefits from the teaching, research and service of pharmacy faculty and the community engagement of student pharmacists.

During 2012, AACP joined the Partnership for Patients, the Million Hearts Campaign and the Script Your Future Medication Adherence Challenge. These national initiatives are concerned with improving health and healthcare by reducing the human and economic costs associated with in-patient safety, cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The fact that these federal programs have the support of U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin brings greater recognition of the need for pharmacists to be more effectively integrated into health and healthcare strategies.

Partnership for Patients. The Partnership for Patients focuses on improving the quality of care in the hospital setting. AACP, many of our institutional members, most national pharmacy organizations, state pharmacy associations, hundreds of pharmacists across the United States Public Health Service and independent pharmacists have taken the pledge to collaborate with federal agencies and other providers to reduce hospital-acquired infections by 40 percent and reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent. Faculty at AACP member institutions are engaged in helping local hospitals and health systems meet these goals.

Million Hearts Campaign. The Million Hearts Campaign is using pharmacy faculty’s research results to create evidence-based interventions to help meet the goal of reducing cardiac-related deaths by 1 million over the next five years. AACP and individual faculty members are creating a public service campaign with Million Heart’s main federal agency proponent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to establish pharmacists as the health professionals that patients will depend on to keep them adherent with blood pressure medication regimens. Anticipated for launch in fall 2012 is the “Team Up Pressure Down” portion of this campaign, which will provide resources and support for community-based pharmacists to be the key to reducing preventable cardiac deaths associated with poor blood pressure medication adherence.

Script Your Future Medication Adherence Challenge. Patient-centered, team-based care that recognizes the role of the pharmacist is essential for improved healthcare quality. Last October, the Script Your Future Medication Adherence Challenge was launched at 81 pharmacy schools. During the course of the challenge, approximately 40,000 student pharmacists and faculty educated more than 250,000 patients nationwide in a concerted medication adherence awareness effort.

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