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VCU Pharmacy and Nursing secure grant to tackle obesity in kidney transplant candidates

May 10, 2024

VCU School of Pharmacy and VCU School of Nursing have been awarded the ASHP Foundation and American Nurses Foundation Collaborative Care Grant, fueling research on the implementation of the Comprehensive Overweight/Obesity Management Pre-Kidney Transplant (COMPKT) program.

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Expert Panel Discusses Medicaid Payment for Pharmacist Collaborative Practice Services in Virginia

April 20, 2024

On April 20th, 2024, CPPI hosted a panel discussion during the VCU School of Pharmacy's Alumni Weekend focusing on Medicaid payment for pharmacist collaborative practice services. The panel featured Tana Kaefer, Pharm.D. from Bremo Pharmacy, JoeMichael Fusco, Pharm.D. from the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), John Bucheit, Pharm.D. from VCU School of Pharmacy and Caroline Juran, R.Ph., D.Ph. from the Virginia Board of Pharmacy (BOP).

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CPPI Travel Scholarship Recipients Present Latest Research Projects at ASHP Midyear Conference

Jan. 14, 2024

CPPI Travel Scholarship Recipients Present latest research at ASHP Midyear Conference

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New Life Baptist Church Launches Diabetes Prevention Program

Nov. 6, 2023

New Life Baptist Church has undertaken a proactive effort to combat diabetes and pre-diabetes in its community.

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CPPI welcomes new faculty member, Vasco Pontinha, PhD

Aug. 10, 2023

Vasco Pontinha, Ph.D. joins CPPI’s core faculty, bringing expertise in the economic value generated by pharmacist interventions. 

Artificial intelligence can push pharmacy practice forward, say experts

May 17, 2023

VCU School of Pharmacy Associate Professor Dayanjan Wijesinghe, Ph.D., and Ph.D. candidate Tyler Wagner, Pharm.D., discuss the implications of AI on pharmacy education and practice

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Clinical pharmacist from Cairo joins CPPI faculty for postdoctoral fellowship

Feb. 8, 2023

Mona Al-Shahawey, Ph.D., current assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy-Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, is joining Teresa Salgado, Ph.D. for a postdoctoral fellowship with the goal of expanding her knowledge and skills in qualitative, survey and practice-based research. Further, she will work with CPPI core faculty member David Holdford, Ph.D., who also serves as director of international programs within the VCU School of Pharmacy, to learn the foundation of pharmacoeconomic analyses.

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Sisson takes on role of CPPI assistant director

April 1, 2022

Evan Sisson, Pharm.D., has joined the Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation‘s leadership team as the new assistant director. He has been a core faculty member since CPPI began in 2015.

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Digital health showcase celebrates student group Pharmacists for Digital Health’s first year

Feb. 24, 2022

VCU School of Pharmacy student group Pharmacists for Digital Health, the first and only pharmacy digital health student group in the country, celebrated their first year of growth with a digital health showcase on Tuesday.

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New CPPI grad student plans to expand neurocognitive research in HIV population

Jan. 12, 2022

Aimalohi (Aima) Okpeku joined fellow Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation graduate students studying pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes in the fall after earning her master’s in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy at the University of Florida. With a plan to graduate in May 2026, Okpeku is the first Ph.D. student to study under CPPI core faculty member Julie Patterson.

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Salgado to focus on policy in new CPPI director role

Jan. 6, 2022

Teresa M. Salgado, Ph.D., previously the co-director of the Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation, is kicking off 2022 as the new director of CPPI.

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Diabetes and Hypertension Project ECHO connects providers across VA, shares best practices

Sept. 7, 2021

Diabetes and hypertension are conditions that plague many of the communities VCU Health serves. These conditions are disproportionately prevalent in the disadvantaged communities that rely on VCU for care.

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Pharmacists for Digital Health student group equips students with digital skills, finds home with CPPI

Aug. 25, 2021

The digital revolution is well on its way, and the realm of health care is no exception to that. Health care workers now and in the future require more digital skills than ever before, so it’s important that pharmacy schools equip their students for this shift.

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PhD student to study patient outcomes in underserved populations with fellowship funding

July 7, 2021

Tyler Wagner, a Ph.D. student studying health outcomes and pharmacoeconomics under CPPI Assistant Director Teresa Salgado, won the 2021 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Outcome Disparities from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, a $10,000 grant that will fund his current research on differences in patient outcomes between those with pharmacists on their primary care teams and those without. This is the second fellowship he has received from AFPE.

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CPPI PhD candidate to study medication adherence with fellowship funding

June 2, 2021

Vasco Pontinha — a Ph.D. candidate in health outcomes and pharmacoeconomics under CPPI core faculty member David Holdford — won the 2021 Predoctoral Fellowship in Health Outcomes Research from the PhRMA Foundation, which gives him $25,000 to use in completing his dissertation.

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HOPE Pharmacy helps unite old, new Church Hill

Feb. 3, 2021

When you think of hope, what comes to mind?

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CPPI faculty member, PGY-2 resident secure BPS seed grant to study pharmacist job satisfaction

Dec. 16, 2020

Lauren Pamulapati, assistant professor in the VCU School of Pharmacy and Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation core faculty member, and Vasyl Zbyrak, a PGY-2 in the school’s Ambulatory Care Residency, are receiving one of two 2020 BPS PGY-2 Residency Research Seed Grants. Their anticipated project focuses on an area in which no current research exists — job satisfaction among pharmacists with board certification.

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CrossOver Healthcare Ministry expands telehealth, COVID-19 testing amid pandemic

Oct. 2, 2020

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry has been partnering with the Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation for more than three years, and through this partnership, John Bucheit and other CPPI faculty have made progress on several CPPI initiatives.

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CPPI assistant director selected for Mentored Training in Implementation Science Program

Sept. 14, 2020

CPPI Assistant Director Teresa Salgado, M.Pharm., Ph.D., is one of six 2020 scholars selected for the NIH K12 Mentored Training in Implementation Science (MTIS) Program at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Partner Spotlight: The Center for Healthy Hearts

July 16, 2020

The Center for Healthy Hearts is a partnership-based free health clinic that primarily serves an uninsured and underinsured population. It has been partnering with the Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation since CPPI began in 2015. While the projects they’ve worked on together have changed over the years, the focus has been the same: developing models to provide care to patients through sustainable, interprofessional health care teams.

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Partner Spotlight: Bon Secours Mercy Health

March 6, 2020

Bon Secours Mercy Health has been partnering with the Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation since before either of them even had those names – back when the center was founded in 2015 as the Center for Pharmacy Practice Transformation and Bon Secours Mercy Health was Bon Secours Health System, Inc., Bon Secours Medical Group.

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Partner Spotlight: Bremo Pharmacy

Feb. 4, 2020

Bremo Pharmacy is a partner in the Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation‘s 24-hour blood pressure monitoring project. Through this project, Bremo and CPPI researchers were able to get a snapshot of what their patients’ blood pressures look like over the course of a day and night, allowing them to better care for their needs.

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CPPI Pharmacy Practice Forum created to share opinions on key pharmacy practice issues

March 31, 2019

It is our pleasure to introduce a new section in Pharmacy Practice entitled “CPPI Practice Forum,” which will be led by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation.

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With $1.3M grant, VCU to expand community treatment of diabetes and hypertension

March 13, 2019

The VCU School of Pharmacy’s Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation, in collaboration with VCU Health, is launching a project to help people across Virginia prevent diabetes and heart disease. The five-year project, supported by a projected $1.3 million over five years from the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will use telemedicine, remote monitoring, one-on-one coaching and community partnerships to improve participants’ health.

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VCU Pharmacy’s CPPI announces partnership with journal Pharmacy Practice

Sept. 17, 2018

The VCU School of Pharmacy’s Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation is proud to announce an editorial partnership with Pharmacy Practice, a quarterly full-text peer-reviewed online journal. Pharmacy Practice was founded as an independent journal by a group of prominent pharmacy-practice researchers from around the world about 10 years ago. Pharmacy Practice is free to access, complying with the NIH’s policy on public access, and does not charge for submissions or publication.

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CPPI awards its first Feasibility Grants as part of new program

Dec. 22, 2017

Four VCU School of Pharmacy faculty members have been named the first recipients in the Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation’s Feasibility Grant Program.

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John Bucheit receives $17,224 grant from VCU Council of Community Engagement

Dec. 22, 2017

Center core faculty member John Bucheit received a $17,224 grant from the VCU Council for Community Engagement.

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With Dixon at helm, CPPI working to empower tomorrow’s pharmacists

Dec. 22, 2017

Dave L. Dixon, the new director of the VCU School of Pharmacy Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation, says the center is poised to help transform health care delivery and to ensure that tomorrow’s pharmacists have myriad opportunities. With Dixon now at the helm, the CPPI is getting ready to move into McGuire Hall on the MCV Campus and tackle the challenges of a changing health care landscape.

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CPPI professor named first da Vinci Center Faculty Fellow

Dec. 22, 2017

Dayanjan “Shanaka” Wijesinghe, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy is the first da Vinci Center Faculty Fellow.

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CPPI faculty letter to editor published in JAMA, JAMA Cardiology

Dec. 22, 2017

Center for Pharmacy Practice Innovation faculty publish two letters to the editor highlighting the importance of performing a thorough medication review and the value of pharmacists on the cardiovascular team in JAMA and JAMA Cardiology.