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Record Student Attendance Thanks to CPNP Foundation Donor Support

Thanks to the generous donors who support the CPNP Foundation, 825 students attended the Virtual CPNP 2020 Annual Meeting free. A number of students shared their recorded thanks which you can watch online.

2020 Defining the Future Grant Portal is Open

The CPNP Foundation is excited to announce that the 2020 Defining the Future Research Grant cycle has begun! This annual grant program is designated specifically for students, residents, and fellows interested in psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy. Projects and scholarly research pursuits will be considered for the grant, and all submissions must align with the vision and mission of the Foundation, which can be viewed at cpnpf.org. CPNP Student Chapters are also encouraged to apply and will need to designate one individual to be the point person for the grant.

Up to four grants of $1500 will be awarded to support the projects of the selected individuals or groups. Recipients will be required to submit their project results as an abstract for poster consideration at the 2021 CPNP Annual Meeting to be held April 18-21, 2021 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Florida. A full listing of grant criteria can be found on the CPNP Foundation’s website.

Grant applications must be submitted through the online application portal by 11:59 p.m. Central Time, August 31, 2020.

2019 Defining the Future Recipients Reflect on Their Experiences

All four 2019 Defining the Future grant recipients presented their posters at Virtual CPNP 2020. Learn more about their experience and how the Defining the Future grant impacted their projects. Click on the title of each project to view the final poster!

Josiah Allen, Pharmacy Student, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy: “Determining Core Elements of Patient Pharmacogenomic Literacy

Our project had two aims: 1) to conduct a systematic review of published literature around patient experiences with pharmacogenomic testing and 2) to conduct focus groups with individuals to discuss their understanding of pharmacogenomic testing and identify barriers to informed consent and interpretation of pharmacogenomic testing. We found general enthusiasm for pharmacogenomic testing, which in many cases can lead to overestimation of the benefits and underestimation of the limitations of PGx testing. Our next steps include finalizing the qualitative analysis of the focus group results and constructing tools to assess and address patients' pharmacogenomic educational needs for the purposes of 1) improving informed consent prior to testing, 2) improving comprehension of results when they are returned, and 3) improving active participation in application of PGx test results to medication selection in a shared decision making model.

The CPNP Foundation Defining the Future Grant provided us with funding to execute the focus groups and compensate participants. Due to COVID-19, we missed out on the experience of presenting our findings at the CPNP annual meeting in person, but I look forward to presenting the next steps of our project at a future meeting! Thank you to the CPNP Foundation for their support!

Nam Le, Pharmacy Student, Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences: “Comparing Student Pharmacist and Pharmacist Perceived Role in Depression Screening and Suicide Prevention 

The purpose of our project was to determine student pharmacists’ and pharmacists’ perceived role in depression screenings and suicide prevention using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). Specifically, the study identified the perceived role of the community pharmacist in these mental health care services and compare the student pharmacist’s and pharmacist’s perceptions to identify similarities or discrepancies. Through one-on-one interviews we hoped this study would allow us to better understand both student pharmacists’ and pharmacists’ intention to engage in mental health care screenings and develop an appropriate response (i.e. education).

The CPNP Foundation's Defining the Future Grant allowed us to offer incentives for interview participation as well as assisted with poster printing costs and coding analysis software, NVivo12. Throughout interviews, we found that student pharmacists generally felt they will be prepared to assess patients for suicidal ideation by the time they graduate, while current pharmacists were more prohibitive in their roles. Both groups agreed that pharmacists’ role in suicide prevention could be influenced by different community pharmacy settings (i.e. chain, independent, grocery) and that more training is needed across the board.

Thanks to the CPNP Foundation and the Defining the Future Grant, my team and I were able to receive more participants than we thought possible and communicated these results at CPNP 2020 Virtual Conference and exchange ideas on possible next steps to optimize our place within healthcare.

Jessica Liszka, PharmD, PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident, W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center: "Implementation of Video Telehealth Clinical Pharmacy Services in a Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) Program at a VA Health Care System (VAHCS) "

This research set out to evaluate the impact of providing comprehensive medication management through video telehealth for Veterans enrolled in the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) Program at a Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VAHCS). The program was methodically designed, documented, and evaluated with various findings, including:

  • To date, a total of 13 CMM telehealth appointments with MHICM Veterans have resulted in 112 interventions completed (68) or recommended (44)
  • 79.5% of recommended interventions have been accepted and implemented by providers
  • 2 out of the 13 telehealth appointments have had technology failures resulting in telephone versus video telehealth appointments with pharmacist
  • Smaller than anticipated sample size due to appointment scheduling challenges

The findings from this quality improvement project thus far support the value of pharmacists providing CMM through video telehealth for Veterans enrolled in the MHICM program.

Grace Marielle Singson, Pharmacy Student, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy: “Assessing Mental Health and LGBTQ+ Care Knowledge of USC School of Pharmacy Students 

Culturally appropriate, non-stigmatized care is essential for improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities. The purpose of our project was to investigate the attitudes and knowledge of University of Southern California (USC) pharmacy students regarding care for underserved populations such as individuals with mental illness and those who identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer). With the support from CPNP Foundation, we were able to establish baseline knowledge of USC students, identify key elements of cultural competence that should be incorporated into the pharmacy curriculum, and provide a training framework that can be tailored to a variety of practice settings.

CPNP Foundation allowed me to explore initiatives that support the health and well-being of patient populations that I am deeply passionate about while promoting the psychiatric pharmacy practice. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to present our findings as a finalist for the CPNP Foundation Strategic Goals Award. It was definitely a unique experience that I would encourage my colleagues to take part in. Additionally, we would like to thank Dr. Susie Park, Dr. Julie Dopheide and Ms. Lindsey Lawrence for sharing their time and expertise as LGBTQ+ cultural competency speakers.

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