ACT (Academia-Community Transformation) Pharmacy Collaborative

ACT Pharmacy Collaborative

This is an operational learning and ACTing collaborative between colleges/schools of pharmacy and community pharmacy practices, including clinically integrated networks of community-based pharmacies. The Collaborative goal is to support the transformation of community-based pharmacy practice from a product-based care model to a community-based pharmacy care delivery model. 

The ACT Pharmacy Collaborative will: 


As of January 2024, a total of 101 colleges/schools of pharmacy are engaged in the Collaborative. Please visit the ACT Pharmacy Collaborative website for more information about the history and future of this group.

Founding Partners: Community Pharmacy Foundation, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, CPESN, and AACP

Collaborative Partners: National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and American Pharmacists Association (APhA)


2023-2024 ACT Pharmacy Collaborative Signature Programs

Established with the support of a Community Pharmacy Foundation grant to the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.



Community Pharmacy Student Scholar Leaders 

Launched in December 2023, Cohort 1 of this program includes 66 student pharmacists nationwide who aspire to be leaders in community pharmacy practice. Students accepted into the program will engage in synchronous learning with community pharmacy and faculty leaders nationally. There will be 4 virtual sessions held once a month from January 2024 through April 2024, and an immersive online workshop held May-June 2024 with networking and presentations. Students will be recognized nationally through the ACT Pharmacy Collaborative website, communication with our national association partners, and networking opportunities with leaders nationally. Students who fulfill the requirements of this program will receive a certificate of completion and pin at the completion of the program.

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Community Pharmacy Practice Transformation Badge 

Launched in November 2023, Cohort 1 of this program includes 73 pharmacy educators interested in engaging with community pharmacy thought leaders, practice leaders, and implementation science leaders can apply to join this educational badge program. Participants will engage in knowledge/training opportunities and be required to prove their competency in various areas through completion of engagement/implementation/dissemination opportunities with practice partners and/or academia colleagues. Focused topics will include: business operations, financial models/billing for services, payer engagement/contracting, and more. Participants who complete the program will receive an online badge, certificate, and pin. Participants who fulfill the requirement of this program will be recognized on the ACT Pharmacy Collaborative website.

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Community Pharmacy Centers of Excellence 

The Community Pharmacy Centers of Excellence Framework and recognition will launch in January 2024. Colleges/Schools are encouraged to apply for this recognition based on work they are doing to lead community pharmacy transformation through teaching, service/advocacy, scholarship, and leadership support. This national application will be open to all accredited colleges/schools of pharmacy in the United States. A national leadership group, led by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, will review applications. Colleges/Schools will be recognized at the AACP Annual Meeting in 2024, through national social media, and recognition on the ACT Pharmacy Collaborative and AACP sites.

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