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The College, UMKC and MPA Receive $120,000 Grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation

Published on 30 August 2019

Over the next two years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy will partner with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy and the Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) to help improve prescribing practices for pain management throughout the state of Missouri as part of a $120,000 grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation.

The funds were presented by the Cardinal Health Foundation as part of its new Optimal Prescribing in Pain Management (OPPM) initiative, which pairs schools of pharmacy with state pharmacy associations to work together to develop strategies designed to drive the optimal prescribing of pain medications and the appropriate use of opioid medications in their respective states. The College, UMKC School of Pharmacy and MPA were among five collaborating entities from across the U.S. to receive OPPM grant funding.

In the coming months, representatives from the College, UMKC School of Pharmacy and MPA will utilize OPPM grant funds to create and facilitate a Training of the Trainers (TOT) program focused on encouraging pharmacists across Missouri to be trained on optimal prescribing practices and intervention strategies to prevent opioid misuse and decrease opioid use disorder amongst patients in Missouri. Pharmacists who become trained will then be tasked with delivering the same training to other health care professionals in the state.

“Our team will be focused on targeted pharmacist education,” said Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, director of community partnerships, associate director of experiential education and associate professor of pharmacy practice at the College. “As we develop our TOT curriculum, we’ll start by seeking input on prescribing practices and challenges that could be solved through team-based approaches to care, and we’ll look at evidence-based guidelines and best practice recommendations from numerous health care resources. Our hope is that we can develop a model of education surrounding optimal pain management that can be distributed to pharmacists and other health care providers across Missouri via live events and virtually through conferencing software, and that this education will continue well past the two-year grant cycle.”

Through the development and implementation of the TOT curriculum, the College, UMKC School of Pharmacy and MPA hope to reduce long-term opioid dispensation rates in Missouri, increase utilization of the prescription drug monitoring program by pharmacists and health care providers to identify those at-risk, and strengthen relationships between health professional organizations in the state through the support of joint educational and legislative efforts.

“This funding will help us create an educational tool that will play an important role in helping to fight the opioid crisis the in Missouri,” said Tiemeier. “Our work will help expand the state’s network of pharmacists who are seeking to optimize pain management strategies and enable them to provide education and support to prescribers in their region.”

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