Project IMPACT: Diabetes

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About Patti

Patti Gasdek Manolakis, PharmD
Community Coordinator, Project IMPACT: Diabetes
President, PMM Consulting, LLC


Patti Manolakis serves as one of three Community Coordinators for Project IMPACT: Diabetes.  In this role, she provides mentoring, leadership and site coordination services to Community Champions in eight participating communities: Appalachian College of Pharmacy, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, Eau Claire Internal Medicine Cooperative Health Pharmacy, Jefferson County Department of Health, Kroger Pharmacy, Mountain States Health Alliance, University of Kentucky and Wingate University School of Pharmacy.

Manolakis is President of PMM Consulting LLC, a company focused on advancing healthcare quality by informing health policy, effecting positive change, enhancing the education and continuing professional development of health professionals, and engaging in projects to improve public health and medication use in a rapidly evolving, quality-focused, patient-centered healthcare system. 

As a staff member for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in the 1990s, she first directed student development and professionalism initiatives, then served as Director of Therapeutics Resources, spearheading APhA’s clinical guidelines initiative.  In this role, she convened and facilitated interdisciplinary panels of disease state experts to develop 42 disease-based decision-support tools and served as editor of the APhA Guide to Drug Treatment Protocols. 

Through her consulting business, Manolakis engages in policy analysis, Medicare Part D Program compliance, coordination of practice-based research initiatives, and professional education, facilitation, and communications.  She collaborates with stakeholders to expand opportunities for pharmacists to enhance patient care, attain provider status, and gain specialty recognition.

Manolakis has collaboratively powered national interdisciplinary summits focused on finding innovative solutions to long-standing challenges in pharmacy and healthcare, including adult immunizations, practice-based research, and experiential education. Facilitation activities have expanded to economic solutions through encore entrepreneurship and to the private corporate sector. 

She also is known for her research and outreach about the public health and safety issues associated with drugs marketed without FDA approval, publishing and speaking on this topic nationally. In 2009, she was named by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) as the recipient of the AMCP Individual Contribution Award for her work to raise awareness of marketed unapproved drugs.

Manolakis earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University.