During the month of October, we bring awareness to many important health-related topics such as breast cancer and health literacy. However, did you know that it is also American Pharmacists Month? Although the month is winding down, we would still like to recognize our pharmacists and the important roles they play in the healthcare system and in educating patients.
We also would like to give a shout-out to all the pharmacists within our SurroundHealth community- Thanks for all you do every day to help keep patients informed and engaged in their healthcare.
A few facts about pharmacists:
- Pharmacist roles are no longer primarily distributive and dispensive. In this article, learn about the different tasks a pharmacist has, different types of pharmacists, and the right path to take to become a pharmacist- http://surroundhealth.net/Topics/SurroundHealth-Members-Lounge/The-Lounge/Articles/What-is-a-Pharmacist.aspx
- Pharmacists are educators, too. Patient-facing pharmacists are positioned to address unmet public health needs and actively work to optimize medication adherence and reduce health costs. Learn more: http://surroundhealth.net/Topics/Policy-and-Healthcare-systems/Healthcare-delivery-systems/Articles/A-View-of-Pharmacy-Practice-The-Evolving-Role-of-C.aspx
- Pharmacists are actively involved in health promotion and disease prevention. – Dually serving as public health advocates, pharmacists are taking necessary steps toward a healthier America. See how they are making a difference: http://surroundhealth.net/Topics/Policy-and-Healthcare-systems/Healthcare-delivery-systems/Articles/Pharmacy-and-Public-Health-what-comes-to-mind.aspx
To learn more about American Pharmacists Month and what you can do to celebrate, visit: http://www.pharmacist.com/american-pharmacists-month.