RxA’s Leadership Cohort
RxA’s Leadership Cohort is a grassroots initiative to establish a province-wide group of pharmacist leaders willing and enabled to promote and share the work of RxA and pharmacists with other pharmacists, patients, policymakers, influencers, and elected officials, increasing understanding of the value of the profession.
Leadership Cohort Members are responsible for:
- Building relationships, leadership networks and opportunities to champion the role of pharmacists as valued members of the healthcare system.
- Supporting pharmacists in their advocacy efforts and assist them in practicing in the Alberta Practice Model.
- Providing grassroots, frontline feedback on policies and issues that affect practice and the profession.
Making a Difference…
Meet the Leadership Cohort members who are making a difference everyday.
Meet Mark Percy
It is an incredible honour to be your Alberta Pharmacists’ Association President for the 2022-2023 term. I am following in the footsteps of many outstanding Alberta pharmacy leaders that have pushed us forward. Since joining the RxA Board of Directors in 2017, one of my key learnings has been to better understand the interconnected nature of our healthcare system and what is required to enact change. RxA connects Alberta pharmacists to all facets, and it is important that RxA not only represents Alberta pharmacists but that Alberta pharmacists are united alongside RxA.
The last few years have been among the most challenging in recent history for front line healthcare providers. I am incredibly proud to see pharmacists step up to each challenge and bridge gaps. At a large scale, we have seen pharmacists provide immunization, triage, support chronic disease management, and navigate complex drug shortages through prescribing and critical thinking. Alberta pharmacists have professionally enjoyed our expanded scope of practice for many years, but both government and the general public have now recognized the important role that pharmacists play. With that said, there is so much more that we could do for the benefit of our patients and the healthcare system with some obstacles removed.
I strongly believe in RxA’s Leadership Cohort as a grassroots mechanism for change. The membership and role of the cohort should continue to expand because it has been successful on a number of levels. RxA created the Leadership Cohort to facilitate engagement across the province, share updates, provide guidance on key initiatives and gather feedback. The Leadership Cohort is also a mechanism to create alignment and knowledge translation across our profession. When elected officials and government hear the same message across the province, the impact is lasting and helps to focus change compared to many fractured messages.
In addition to grassroots engagement, RxA must look toward the future. Your RxA Board of Directors has proactively identified and explored emerging issues across the profession to provide a balanced perspective and plan. A strategic plan was created this past summer, defining many short term and long term goals, with many action items already in progress. An example includes the expansion of novel, targeted therapies that involve Patient Support Programs (PSPs) and dedicated pharmacies. Nearly every pharmacist has at least a few patients on one of these therapies, and the care provided to them is segmented. Based on pharmaceutical industry pipeline information, the list of therapies that will fall into this category will continue to expand and for disease states that are quite common. RxA created BioNavigate as a mechanism to educate pharmacists on this topic, provide tools so that they can care for their own patients, and potentially form partnerships that will allow pharmacists to take over the roles that PSPs have historically played. BioNavigate is one example of how RxA is taking action to prepare for the future, but the pharmacy landscape is quickly evolving with many driving factors.
Pharmacists in Alberta are diverse both personally and professionally. It does not matter rural vs urban, locally vs. internationally trained, hospital vs community; what unites us all is that we are pharmacists with a common goal and purpose. I hope throughout my term I can help to spread this message and that pharmacists from across the province can unite alongside RxA. RxA has developed and earned relationships with provincial leadership so that RxA leadership can be present and have a voice guiding meaningful change. The voice that comes forward must be that of a unified profession.