Community pharmacy practice is part of my being as I have grown up in community pharmacies as both of my parents are community pharmacists. My parents worked at independent pharmacies in neighboring towns from before I was born until I was in pharmacy school. I worked alongside my parents from my teen years through my pharmacy school graduation and was continually amazed with their knowledge and the interventions that they made to improve the lives of the patients that they served.
I have followed the progression of CPESN and was eager to be involved with starting a network in West Virginia where I now live and practice. I first became involved with the Academia-CPESN Transformation (ACT) Pharmacy Collaborative when it began in 2019 and was invigorated hearing about the ways that colleges and schools of pharmacy were collaborating with CPESN pharmacies. In January 2020, I was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime when I was asked to help start CPESN West Virginia and serve as the Lead Network Facilitator. Starting and building our network amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic has presented challenges, but it has also allowed pharmacists across our state who see the value in advanced patient care services to step forward to not only join our network, but to assist with building the network. We decided to apply to be a part of the Flip the Pharmacy Cohort 2 with about half of our network pharmacies and were thrilled when we were chosen to participate. The pharmacies formally participating and our additional network pharmacies who are also following the Flip the Pharmacy progression are excited, engaged, and ready to transform pharmacy practice in West Virginia.
I am thankful to have the support of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and to be able to work with such an amazing leadership team and group of pharmacies on this initiative. I couldn’t be more excited about all of the opportunities presented to the community pharmacies in our network through our involvement with Flip the Pharmacy!