by Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
A continuing education event for practicing pharmacists, hosted by Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy October 30, 2013 at the Redlands Country Club, saw attendance of well over 100 people. Pharmacists coming from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties earned 2.0 contact hours designated by the California Accreditation for Pharmaceutical Education (CAPE) for Continuing Education (CE) Credit.
The School of Pharmacy was very honored and extremely grateful to host Steven W. Chen, PharmD, CDM, FCSHP. Dr. Chen has been a leader in Los Angeles, statewide, and nationally in promoting clinical pharmacy services, especially for underserved populations, as a way to improve patient outcomes and save health care dollars.
Dr. Chen currently oversees services in 19 clinics in Southern California, including six sites that are part of a $12 million grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation that is studying clinical pharmacy services care and its impact on outcomes and costs.
On the national scene, Dr. Chen has been active in the Health Resources Administration’s Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative, previously serving as co-chair and developing a medication intervention and safety measurement tool that has been adopted by pharmacy teams in clinics nationwide.
Dr. Chen has also led the development of a resource guide to assist California pharmacists in initiating advanced medication management programs while serving as chair of the California Society of Health-system Pharmacists Medication Therapy Task Force.
The Division of Experiential Education thanks Dr. Chen for an outstanding presentation and continued efforts on behalf of Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy.
Photo: Dr. Steven Chen speaking with LLUSP students and faculty.