Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health Northeast Pharmacy Practice Center Assistant Professor, Dr. Samantha Thompson, was recently recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) as having a Promising Practice program.
NACCHO is a Washington, DC-based organization representing 3,000 local public health departments in the United States. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities by coordinating programs and services that make it easier for people to be healthy and safe from public health emergencies. The Promising Practice designation means the practice has demonstrated exciting approaches and strategies to local public health issues that are on track to becoming Model Practices, NACCHO’s highest recognition for replicable and exemplary programs.
The designation of Promising Practice means that Dr. Thompson has a program that shows exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need.
Dr. Thompson’s program application entitled, “The Impact of Pharmacist Implemented HIV Medication Adherence in Minority Communities,” was selected. This year, 36 health department programs around the country were recognized as a Promising Practice. In the state of Florida, Dr. Thompson’s program was one of ten programs recognized.
In Dr. Thompson’s award letter, the Council said that her program reflects a robust local health department role, collaboration, and innovation.
Applications go through a vigorous peer-evaluation process by NACCHO’s workgroup members. Dr. Thompson’s accomplishment was celebrated during the NACCHO 360 event, which was held virtually this year.