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Healthcare Leadership Council’s highlights APhA Foundation’s diabetes management solution

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s diabetes management solution, the Patient Self-Management Credential for Diabetes, was highlighted May 18 at the Healthcare Leadership Council’s wellness briefing entitled, Controlling Diabetes: Innovations in Therapies and Care.

Sanofi US, a member of HLC and key sponsor of the PSMC, invited APhA CEO Thomas Menighan to share information about the PSMC and the pharmacist’s role in diabetes care.

The discussion related to the PSMC at the HLC briefing expands on a meeting that the APhA Foundation hosted earlier this year in which organizations with an interest in diabetes management convened to strategize about how the PSMC could be migrated into new practice environments. Increasing decision makers’ awareness of the PSMC’s impact on diabetes outcomes was a key priority identified at the Foundation’s meeting, which included representatives from the following organizations: American Academy of Diabetes Educators; American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; American Diabetes Association; American Pharmacists Association; College Diabetes Network; Diabetes Hands Foundation; Diabetes Mine, Diabetes Sisters; Endocrine Society; Thomas Jefferson School of Public Health; The Kroger Co.; and Sanofi US, including representatives of its Corporate Affairs -Partners in Patient Health group.

“We designed the PSMC to create meaningful interactions between patients and providers.” stated Benjamin Bluml, APhA Foundation SVP for research and innovation.“Our relationship with Sanofi US is helping expand PSMC utilization across provider types, increasing access to high quality patient care services, and improving diabetes care coordination by facilitating more actionable communication between physicians, pharmacists, certified diabetes educators, and other providers.”

The PSMC was developed by the APhA Foundation and has been implemented as a central component of the care delivery in the Foundation’s diabetes-focused research projects over the past decade. The PSMC was recently highlighted in the peer-reviewed journal, Population Health Management, as an effective strategy for enabling patients to improve their health by creating enhanced engagement with the healthcare team.
 

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The Phoenix House New England to honor CVS Health’s Helena Foulkes

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The Phoenix House New England, a nonprofit treatment provider, will host on June 2 the 14th annual New England Public Service Award Luncheon at the Omni Providence Hotel, honoring Helena Foulkes, EVP, CVS Health, and president, CVS/pharmacy, for her leadership and contributions to the community.

The Luncheon annually honors men and women whose achievements serve as an inspiration to young people struggling with substance abuse.  Funds raised benefit Phoenix House’s treatment, education, and prevention programs throughout Rhode Island.

Foulkes, a Rhode Island native and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, recently ranked 26th on Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in business.  She was instrumental in helping CVS Health become the largest pharmacy healthcare provider in the United States and played an important role in CVS Health’s landmark decision to eliminate tobacco sales in all the corporation’s stores.  This step aligns with Phoenix House’s commitment to better health through recovery from addictive substances.

 

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Red Nose Day exceeds all expectations as participants prepare for NBC broadcast

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Today, Walgreens Boots Alliance executives are extremely proud to be a little red in the face. Because today is Red Nose Day, and Walgreens, along with partners Comic Relief, M&M's and NBC, have raised well north of $7.5 million to help children in need across the world. In fact, the final tally raised will be revealed Thursday night during NBC's inaugural three-hour live telecast of the nation's first Red Nose Day. 
 
In addition, Walgreens and Duane Reade locations together sold through more than 99% of an inventory of 5 million red noses to Walgreens consumers who were all too happy to buy into a good cause, as evidenced by the number of #RedNoseDay red nose pics posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram today. On Twitter, #RedNoseDay was the No. 1 trending hashtag. 
 
"We knew that social media was going to be a very large part of our campaign, and we generated a lot of content in order to engage with the consumer on Red Nose Day, and NBC has done the same," Linn Jordan, Walgreens Boots Alliance director marketing, strategy and planning, told Drug Store News. "All of the tweets and Facebook posts on social media, as well as Instagram, are really terrific with everything hashtagged Red Nose," she said. "It's been building the last six weeks since we started this campaign, and the week of the campaign is always a big deal."
 
All told, Walgreens Boots Alliance and partners generated more than 3 billion impressions bringing the iconic U.K. fundraiser across the pond and stateside. 
 
"We really exceeded all of the goals that we put forth for the organization," Jordan said. And for that reason Walgreens associates have plenty of reasons to celebrate today. "But it's also a reflection on what this is all about, which is to help children out of poverty, and so we're here today in New York City to attend the live event that [will be broadcast on NBC] tonight at 8/7 central," she said. "NBC is bringing their best talent to Red Nose Day. It's a three-hour star-studded specatular with a lot of sketches."
 
And Walgreens is just getting started with Red Nose Day, Jordan added. "We want to carry forward the momentum that we've accomplished with Red Nose Day into other initiatives like Get a Shot/Give a Shot, Vitamin Angels and other causes that we celebrate and support as apart of our overall purpose."
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