2017 Civic Leader of the Year Finalists

Pharmacy Times, July 2017 Digestive Health, Volume 83, Issue 7

Read about the 2017 Civic Leader of the Year finalists.

2017 Civic Leader of the Year Finalists

Dutrochet J. Djoko, PharmD, MEd, MSc, RPh/Immunizer

Pharmacist

CVS Health

Danvers, Massachusetts

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

The pharmacy students I have mentored are among my greatest achievements, along with the work that I do in my community to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic and help lift the stigma associated with addiction.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

I developed a passion for the pharmacy profession at a very young age. Having childhood asthma helped me understand the power of taking the correct medicine and ability of a pharmacist to foster positive outcomes.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” This has guided me throughout my adult life and given me an urge to help and to serve.

VISION FOR PHARMACY

I envision pharmacists leading the way and having an increasingly greater role in community health care, with an emphasis on prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. We will be the gatekeepers to health care.

Brian C. Jensen, RPh

Founder and Former President

Lakeshore Apothacare Inc

Two Rivers, Wisconsin

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

Having built a pioneer community pharmacy practice, I have participated on the front lines of practice transformation and have had the opportunity to mentor pharmacy students and community practice. Some of my notable practice accomplishments include the implementation of formal medication-management service products and the development of the first immunizing pharmacy in Wisconsin.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

From my earliest experiences as a student, it was clear to me that pharmacists are called to serve. It is in our DNA. Over the years, I have come to understand that the desire to serve is also the foundation of leadership. My journey is full of examples of pharmacists making a difference in our communities and profession. They have inspired me to give what I have, with pharmacy providing many opportunities to serve and lead.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

My philosophy has been shaped and expressed through my work with a Rotary-sponsored health clinic in Guatemala. The dignity and beauty of the patients I served was profound, and I began to realize that the problems they face are universal. Here, I also learned the importance of selfless service, both to my patients and to my fellow health care professionals. Our work in this remote part of the world has borne witness to the power of collaborative care.

VISION FOR PHARMACY

With patients increasingly becoming first-order participants in their own care, it is critical that they have valid and meaningful information regarding pharmacy practice quality. Additionally, with new Medicare/Medicaid value-based payment models being launched, it is critical that the value of pharmacist be defined, measured, and rewarded. If pharmacists are to fully utilize their position and skill set, they will need to apply these skills in new and innovative ways.

Wilma Wilbanks, RPh

Staff Pharmacist

Walgreens

Cleveland, Mississippi

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

Growing a new store into the busiest pharmacy in town through the loyalty and trust that my patients have in me is my greatest achievement in pharmacy.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

I am a third-generation pharmacist, and I have followed the example set by my many family members who were pharmacists. In particular, I admire the value of their contributions in the lives of their patients.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

Work unceasingly and passionately for others! Improving the quality of life in your community elevates the standard of living for everyone, especially the children. Also, try to do something nice every day without getting caught!

VISION FOR PHARMACY

As the health care professionals who are often the most easily accessible to patients, pharmacists are poised to become even more integral in the coordination of patient care and direct delivery of services to patients.