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College Hosts Second Annual Diversity Forum

The impact of medication therapy management on the health outcomes of underserved populations is the focus of the second annual diversity forum scheduled for Sept. 9 at the College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Lawrence Brown, associate professor of health science administration at the University of Tennessee, is the keynote speaker for this year's forum that begins at 12:30 p.m. in room 3.106 of the South Pharmacy Building.

Brown, who also serves as director of graduate studies in health outcomes and policy research, is an expert in the economic and clinical outcomes of pharmacists-provided medication therapy management (MTM) services. 

MTM is a term used to describe a broad range of health care services provided by pharmacists. Spurred by passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, leading pharmacy organizations worked collectively to define MTM so that a consensus definition would be available as regulations implementing the Medicare Part D benefits were written.  In 2004, eleven leading pharmacy-related organizations approved the MTM definition to read "a service or group of services that optimize therapeutic outcomes for individual patients.  Services include medication therapy reviews, pharmacotherapy consults, anticoagulation management, immunizations, health and wellness programs and many other clinical services."  The definition was cited in the professional journals of these organizations, including the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 

Dr. Carolyn Brown leads the college's Cultural Proficiency Committee that sponsors the diversity forum.  It is open to all college faculty, staff, and students.  A complimentary box lunch is available to individuals attending the 12:30 session who RSVP to ltmeyer@mail.utexas.edu.

Dr. Brown will also conduct a smaller session at 2 p.m. in room 3.114D.  This session will be primarily for those involved in post-graduate training and will focus on training at this level in light of an increasingly complex healthcare environment.


The Diversity Forum is made possible through the generous support of Walgreens.

Cultural Proficiency Committee Core Goals

The core purpose of the CPC is to facilitate the College's capacity to create and maintain a learning, research, and work environment (both physical and social) that promotes and values diversity of people, beliefs and ideas.

The four primary objectives of the CPC are to:

  1. promote education and training opportunities as well as college activities for faculty, staff and students in support of creating an inclusive working and learning environment.

  2. facilitate the incorporation of content and learning strategies throughout the entire curriculum to strengthen students' cultural competency.

  3. to improve two-way communications with off-campus faculty.

  4. to improve communication with families of current and prospective students as well as with the broader community by promoting the College's commitment to cultural diversity and proficiency.

 



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