APhA Diabetes Education Program Honored with National Award for Outstanding Live CE Activity

The American Pharmacists Association is pleased to announce that the association's education team and The Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program were honored with the 2015 Award for Outstanding Live CE Activity by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions.

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WASHINGTON, DC — The American Pharmacists Association is pleased to announce that the association’s education team and The Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program were honored with the 2015 Award for Outstanding Live CE Activity by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp). The award recognizes an organization for innovation and excellence in the design, educational format and instructional delivery of a live CE activity or educational initiative.

“Pharmacists seeking to provide the best care to their patients have come to rely on APhA’s outstanding educational offerings. Continuing professional development is critical as practice and science rapidly evolve and pharmacists continue to assume expanded roles on the health care team and within changing health care delivery models. APhA strives to provide the highest quality possible in every professional development activity, whether live, virtual or print. This recognition of excellence by ACEhp is both appreciated and motivating for our team,” said APhA Executive Vice President and CEO, Thomas E. Menighan.

The Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program is a newly revised, intensive educational experience designed to equip pharmacists with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes care. It provides pharmacists with the opportunity to perform a diabetic foot exam, administer an “insulin” injection, self-monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure. For many, this is the first time they have been in the role of “patient” in having to administer their own “insulin” injection and blood glucose.

Following participation in these live activities, 93 percent of participants indicated that participation in the activity will cause them to make changes in their practice; while, 95 percent of those are committed or very committed to making these changes. Studies have shown that commitment to change is an effective, though not foolproof, indicator of actual change in practice (Wakefield, JG).

“It is our great pleasure to honor the best and brightest in our field,” said ACEhp Interim Executive Director and CEO Mike Saxton, MEd, FACEHP, CCMEP. “This year’s awardees are highly deserving of these awards for the valuable contributions they’ve made to our profession.”

About the American Pharmacists Association

The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. For more information, please visit www.pharmacist.com.