2023 Incentive Grant Recipient: Jordan Smith, PharmD
Project Proposal: Establishing a Patient Dataset to Provide Appropriate Vaccines: A Pharmacist and Student Pharmacist-Led Effort to Vaccinate our At-Risk Community Members
Jordan Smith, PharmD, currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences at the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at High Point University. Brianna Mamrega, Caroline Keegan, and Lyna Nguyen are fourth-year pharmacy students at High Point University.
"Vaccines are an integral part of public health, and pharmacists have an unquestioned role to play in vaccinating all patients. Pharmacists can determine risk factors, reach out to patients, and provide vaccines against preventable diseases. By creating a database of at-risk patients among our clinic that serves underserved patients who otherwise would have great difficulty getting vaccinated, we will be able determine which patients are in need of pneumococcal, shingles, and tetanus vaccination and begin to vaccinate those patients."
"Pharmacist vaccination efforts play an integral role in keeping our communities healthy. As providers who have frequent contact with patients, it is incumbent upon us to ensure our patients are best protected against preventable diseases. By determining risk factors among our clinic patients for pneumococcal disease, shingles, and tetanus and providing vaccinations against those diseases, we will provide much needed preventative care to an underserved population."
"We are so, so excited by the opportunity presented from this grant! The goals of this project are to screen for patients who are in need of pneumococcal, shingles, and tetanus vaccines and to start to provide those vaccinations. Our patient cohort do not have an easy time getting routine vaccines, so this will be a boon to our clinic and the community at large. We’re so thankful for the opportunity!"