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Entries for January 2016

Utilize That’s My Pharmacist Campaign Flyers for February and March

In 2015, MPA launched the new and improved That’s My Pharmacist campaign. Materials were redesigned with the overall goal of improving quality and effectiveness. Last year’s campaign focused on these main points:

  • Redesign messages based on theory, considering source credibility
  • Consider audience literacy and health literacy. 

Based on member feedback, the That’s My Pharmacist Campaign is now a year-round campaign. Each month will focus on a specific health observance. MPA has provided flyers for pharmacies to print off and display or make available to patients that is specific to the featured health observance for each month. Don’t forget to utilize flyers for the following topics covered in February and March 2016:

FEBRUARY:  American Heart Month 

MARCH:  National Kidney Month 

Visit www.ThatsMyPharmacist.com to access a flyer for each of the observances above. Print off the flyer and share the key information included with your patients! The details included in these resources will help your patients further understand the importance of utilizing their pharmacist as a vital member of their personal health care team.

Posted in: Professional Practice
January is Cervical Health Month

January is cervical health awareness month and one of the most effective ways to maintain health and prevent disease is through human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. Vaccination prevents cancer caused by many of the strains of the human papillomavirus. The American Cancer Society estimates that 12,900 cases of cervical cancer occurred in the US in 2015 with 350 of them in Michigan. Of those occurrences, there were 4,100 deaths in the US and 120 deaths in Michigan. Unfortunately, HPV vaccination rates in Michigan are low – less than a third (30.5%) of females and less than a fifth (19.3%) of males have completed the recommended 3 dose series.  

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has created the Michigan HPV Vaccination Snapshot: Pharmacies document to help engage pharmacies in the public health initiative to increase HPV series completion. Pharmacies in Michigan have made tremendous progress with influenza vaccination, and while some pharmacies are providing HPV vaccinations, there is ample room for growth and expansion of services into this area. Insurance coverage of pharmacist-delivered HPV vaccines is also expanding (see FAQ document from Blue Care Network) further increasing our opportunities to impact the health and wellness of our communities.

Posted in: Professional Practice
Apply for the MPA and PSI Executive Fellowship by April 15

MPA and Pharmacy Services Inc. (PSI) are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Executive Fellowship. Over the course of one year, the Executive Fellowship will provide a strong foundation in business, executive management, leadership, marketing, membership, communications, education and event planning, and public relations and media, a critical skill set required to effectively lead in pharmacy business or to enter the association world. 

Please visit our Web site for additional information about the program. Applications are due Friday, April 15, 2016, by 4:30 p.m. Interviews will be scheduled and conducted in March and April, as applications are received, and all interviews will be completed by Thursday, April 28, 2016. Candidates will be notified of a decision no later than Monday, May 2, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Fellowship Director Dianne Malburg at Dianne@MichiganPharmacists.org.

Posted in: Professional Practice
You Must be a Registered Voter to Make Your Voice Heard in the Michigan Presidential Primary in March

This year is going to be an exciting election year! Whether Republican, Democrat or Independent, your voice is important. You must be registered to vote to participate in the election process. Do not delay! The deadline to register to vote in Michigan’s Presidential Primary election is Feb. 8, 2016. The Michigan Presidential Primary will occur on March 8, 2016. Take the first step to ensuring that your voice is heard and register to vote today!  Register here!

Posted in: Laws and Regulations
Contribute to Michigan Pharmacist Journal by Voicing Your Opinion

MPA features a section in each issue of Michigan Pharmacist journal entitled Member Voices. Members are encouraged to share their response to the following question for the upcoming April issue: 

  • What advice would you give to graduating student pharmacists? 

Please send your response(s) to Communication@MichiganPharmacists.org no later than Feb. 15, 2016, and be sure to watch upcoming issues of the journal to see if your response is featured!

Posted in: Member News
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