Joint CDC team-based care project uses pharmacists’ patient care process

Bringing together health department and pharmacy partners in seven states

Through a project that brought together seven state health departments with pharmacy partner teams, pharmacists and student pharmacists in various states around the country have been getting more connected to patients in their communities. For example, a West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ screening program for low-income women partnered with the University of West Virginia School of Pharmacy to provide high blood pressure education to 10 identified counties in need of hypertension providers. On the other side of the country, the Wyoming Department of Health connected with the Wyoming Board of Pharmacy and the Wyoming Pharmacy Association. They have discussed collaborating to advance the use of the pharmacists’ patient care process (PPCP) as well as collaborative practice agreements (CPAs) across the state. These are just two examples of many that are highlighted in the report, which was developed by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) in coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

In total, the project brought together health department and pharmacy partner teams in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming to implement these resources and impact change in these states. 

NACDD recently launched a website with information about the project, a final report, and an action step document that profiles APhA and CDC resources.