Pharmacy Chair Wins APhA Election
February 26, 2013
By Lauren McMillin
Donna West-Strum, chair of pharmacy administration at the University of Mississippi, has been elected as chair-elect of the Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," West-Strum said. "This position will allow me to support the profession and to work with colleagues across the country. It also brings visibility to the School of Pharmacy here at Ole Miss. I am thankful to my family and colleagues for their support."
West-Strum will assume full duties of the chair-elect position in March, when she is installed at the 2013 APhA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.
"This is exciting news for both Donna and the School of Pharmacy," said David D. Allen, the school's dean. "Donna's experience and expertise make her a perfect leader for the ESAS section. I congratulate her on this honor. We have many faculty holding leadership positions in the most visible professional pharmacy associations in the country, and we're delighted to see Donna has joined them."
Founded in 1852, APhA is the largest organization of pharmacists in the U.S. Depending on their area of research, members may choose to join one of three primary sections in APhA-APRS: Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences and Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences. Elected leaders from each section serve on an Executive Council, which governs the association.
West-Strum's branch, the Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences section, incorporates members with interests in health services research, policy and administration, especially those affecting pharmaceutical treatments and pharmaceutical care.
Through the association, members have the opportunity to network with people in their respective fields, along with those in other areas such as health care system representatives, educators and practitioners.
"As chair, I will be working with section members across the country to advocate for the profession – specifically the provision of advanced pharmacy services in all practice settings, including accountable care organizations," West-Strum said. "It will be important that we provide evidence that pharmacists play a critical role in health care."
In addition to her involvement with APhA-APRS and serving as chair and associate professor of pharmacy administration, West-Strum is a research associate professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She earned her BSPh, MS and PhD degrees at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests lie in the practice of community pharmacy and improving the quality of medication use. She has published more than 45 research articles and delivered 70 national presentations. She is also involved in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the Pharmacy Quality Alliance.