APhA Foundation launches cardiovascular health initiative

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lends support

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association Foundation announced Tuesday the launch of a cardiovascular health initiative.

The initiative, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, will include a consortium meeting near Washington bringing in more than 20 stakeholders who will collaborate and share their perspectives on the legislative and regulatory changes needed to allow for implementation of care-delivery process improvements. The focus will specifically be on the care models pharmacists have employed to manage chronic disease states, such as hyperlipidemia, hypertension and diabetes.

"The APhA Foundation is excited to partner with the CDC's DHDSP," APhA Foundation president of research Benjamin Bluml said. "The foundation, in collaboration with APhA, is well-equipped with knowledge, skills and leadership experience gained from our respective work in past research initiatives and policy efforts. We are excited to bring together a group of experts who are uniquely qualified to delivery critical insight from innovative care delivery practices that will inform the policy requirements surrounding implementation of these models."

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