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2011 Pharmacy Leadership Summit

The 2011 Pharmacy Leadership Summit held on June 30, 2011 sought to bring together public health workers and pharmacy representatives to answer key questions.

July 25, 2011

You know your local pharmacist is there to help you fill your daily prescriptions, but what role do they play during a public health emergency? How do your pharmacists and your local and state public health department work together to promote community resiliency during a disaster?

The 2011 Pharmacy Leadership Summit held on June 30, 2011 sought to bring together public health workers and pharmacy representatives to answer these key questions. It was the second annual Summit held by Public Health - Seattle & King County at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in downtown Seattle. This year, the Summit focused on the critical collaboration of public health and pharmacies during an emergency. Public health institutions and pharmaceutical dispensaries must be able to pull together the resources, expertise, and infrastructure to ensure the safety of the community and respond to a disaster.

This year, 85 participants attended, coming from various public health institutions, medical facilities, and public and private pharmacies around the state of Washington. The Summit featured talks about mass dispensing efforts occurring around the state, as well as, the development of a statewide agreement between local health jurisdictions and pharmacies. Trainings developed by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice that could be used by pharmacists and public health officials alike to enhance their emergency preparedness knowledge were also discussed.

The Summit executed an anthrax scenario tabletop exercise. The exercise was carried out with a facilitated discussion about the steps, responsibilities and roles of pharmacies, public health agencies at the local, state, and federal level; hospitals, and health care organizations when activating pharmacy resources during an emergency situation.

In addition, the Summit had two excellent keynote speakers: Lisa Koonin, Senior Advisor of the Influenza Coordination Unit and Dr. Toby Merlin, Director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both gave remarkable talks regarding emergency preparedness and what public health threats are currently the most relevant.

All in all, the second annual Pharmacy Leadership Summit was a successful collaboration of professionals from pharmaceutical, medical, and public health organizations throughout the state of Washington.

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