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Support Oklahoma Pharmacists

We at OPhA are always looking for ways to support our pharmacists and partner with organizations to provide top-of-the-line training, classes, continuing education credits and many other resources. Our online resources provide many continuing education programs and live continuing education is offered at many of our events.

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Our online resources provide many continuing education programs and live continuing education is offered at many of our events.

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How Pharmacists Can Get Involved in the National DPP

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supports a proven lifestyle change program to help at-risk adults reduce their likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.  Pharmacists are in a unique position to support their patients in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes.  CDC has developed several resources to help you determine the best role for you.  Whether you’re a pharmacist, part of the pharmacy workforce, or working with pharmacy groups, you can get involved by promoting awareness of prediabetes and the National DPP; screening and testing patients for prediabetes and referring those eligible to a CDC-recognized organization offering the National DPP lifestyle change program; and/or applying for CDC recognition to offer the program in your pharmacy.

Learn how the National DPP can benefit your pharmacy and your patients by viewing the resources below.

For more information about the National DPP or to receive training as a Lifestyle Coach to offer the program in your pharmacy, please contact Sarah Yount, PharmD, CDCES at 580.774.6042 or sarah.yount@swosu.edu.           

 

Trainings

The Oklahoma Pharmacists Association (OPhA) partners with many organizations to provide certificates & advanced training programs for our members.

Pharmacy-based Point-of-Care Test and Treat National Certificate Program (NASPA)

Point-of-care test and treat empowers clinicians to use effective, fast technology to aid their decision making at the “point-of-care” to improve patient health. Pharmacy-based point-of-care testing utilizes CLIA-waived (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments -waived) tests that offer near immediate results in non-laboratory settings.  Pharmacists and pharmacies are increasingly offering this public health service of test and treat to promote prevention, early detection, and disease management.

https://naspa.us/pharmacy-based-point-of-care-testing-certificate-program/

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Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care (APhA)

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) developed The Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program, is an educational experience designed to equip pharmacists with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes care. The program provides comprehensive instruction in current diabetes concepts and standards of care and incorporates case studies and hands-on skills training focused on the situations most likely to be encountered—as well as the services most needed—in community and ambulatory care practice settings. Participants will gain experience evaluating and adjusting drug therapy regimens for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, counseling patients about lifestyle interventions, analyzing and interpreting self-monitoring of blood glucose results, and assessing the overall health status of patients to identify needed monitoring and interventions.

https://www.pharmacist.com/Education/Certificate-Training-Programs/Diabetes-Care

Pharmacy-based Immunization Delivery (APhA)

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. The program, which emphasizes a health care team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of interventions that will promote disease prevention and public health. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span

https://www.pharmacist.com/Education/Certificate-Training-Programs/Immunization

Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services (APhA)

As the learner, you will gain experience interviewing patients, identifying and prioritizing medication-related problems, developing and implementing interventions, and documenting activities. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore various business models and billing strategies and discuss plans for implementation.

https://www.pharmacist.com/Education/Certificate-Training-Programs/Medication-Therapy-Management

 

Oklahoma Licensing

Questions about licensing in the state of Oklahoma? Rather you’re a new pharmacist, have been out of the game, or are needing to renew, we have all the information you need to get licensed by the state of Oklahoma.

Technician Licensing

Questions about technician licensing in the state of Oklahoma? We have all the information you need to get licensed by the state of Oklahoma.

Pharmacy Technicians as Community Health Workers Pilot Program in Oklahoma

The Community Health Worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of their community and/or
has a thorough understanding of the community being served. Who would be better to fill this role than Pharmacy
Technicians!

The average person visits their pharmacy 35 times a year and almost 90% of Americans live within 2 miles of a
pharmacy. Training Pharmacy Technicians as Community Health Workers accelerates patient care and allows them to
bridge community members to local resources.

SWOSU College of Pharmacy Rural Health Center is starting a grant project in 2024 to train Pharmacy Technicians in community pharmacy settings to be Community Health Workers.

What do Community Health Workers do?

The Oklahoma State Department of Health defines the Community Health Worker (CHW) as a person who helps to connect community members to available services and resources. They provide benefits to individuals, communities, providers, and payers. Since CHWs are often members of the communities they serve, and rural communities typically have strong community connections, CHWs have an opportunity to:

  • Develop trusting, one-on-one relationships with patients.
  • Act as a liaison between the healthcare system, patients, and families/caregivers.
  • Gain support from other organizations serving the community.
  • Strengthen care coordination by connecting patients with available healthcare and social support services.
  • Extend the reach of healthcare providers and services, which is particularly helpful in areas with shortages of providers.
  • Deliver services that are appropriate based on the patient’s language and culture.
  • Help patients better manage chronic disease states like hypertension, diabetes, and more.

CHWs are widely known to improve the health of their communities by linking their neighbors to health care and social services, educating their peers about disease and injury prevention, working to make health services more accessible, and by mobilizing their communities to create positive change.

How does a Pharmacy Technician become a CHW?

To become a CHW, the pharmacy technician must go through a certification course offered virtually one night per week for 16 weeks. They also must complete reading and homework assignments and hours of resource development activities (these can be done from home by calling or searching websites or visiting local resources). The training provides information on navigating the healthcare system, communication skills, chronic-disease management, and providing patient- centered care.

Pharmacy and Technician Commitment

CHW research pilot participation will receive a stipend of beginning March 25, 2024, and ending June 25, 2024. This stipend is to replace work time for the technician and help with any time spent collecting and submitting data. The cost of the CHW training course is also covered by grant funding ($1,500 value).

The pharmacy’s commitment includes the following: collect patient data and submit monthly reports and regular updates for grant reporting. Train at least 1 pharmacy technician currently employed at your pharmacy to become a Community Health Worker (CHW) by August 1, 2024. Pharmacy must commit to a 5-year participation in the project. Stipends for year 2, 3, 4, and 5 will be determined based on participation and funding available.

Application and Deadlines

Applicant requirements for Pharmacy site participation and eligibility to receive funding include:

  • Licensed Pharmacy in the state of Oklahoma
  • Commit at least one pharmacy technician to become a CHW by August 1, 2024. The class is offered via ZOOM one night per week starting April 9, 2024 and ending July 30,2024.
  • Last date to enroll your pharmacy in this project is March 1, 2024.

For more information or to enroll in this project, please contact:
Aimee D. Henderson, PharmD, BC-ADM, CDCES
Assistant Professor- SWOSU College of Pharmacy Rural Health Center
Phone- 580-774-6727   Fax- 888-978-7603
Email- aimee.henderson@swosu.edu