Advancing The Profession of Pharmacy

[Interview ] Opportunities for Pharmacists Working in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

by | Apr 18, 2017 | Consulting Pharmacist Education

Elevate Pharmacy Virtual Summit: Day 3 Session 2

Kate Morton completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy. Following graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency through UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, an FQHC along the US-Mexico border. Currently, Kate is the Director of Pharmacy Services at Southwest CARE Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her professional interests include: Community health, opioid overdose prevention, HIV, clinical pharmacy services.

Learn more on about Southwest CARE Center on their website.

Key Takeaways:

  • Kate’s job as a bi-lingual clinical pharmacist running diabetes, anticoag, health fairs and MTM services in the amb care setting during her residency at a FQHC
  • How to create opportunities for yourself as an independent consultant in a FQHC
  • Ways to leverage 340B programs as a cost-saving program in order to cover a clinical pharmacist salary
  • Assessing patient’s clinical outcomes in the HIV/HepC population
  • Billing pharmacists services to Ryan White grant funding
  • Creative ways to justify and fund pharmacist-led clinical services
  • Barriers to dispensing naloxone in the community pharmacy setting and how Kate’s team helped to overcome those barriers
  • The “peer-to-peer” training program that helped evaluate workflow, improve efficiency of clinical services in general and increase the number of pharmacist-prescribed naloxone orders
  • How the state-wide standing order impacted patient access to naloxone by giving all pharmacists prescriptive authority
  • How to show our value as pharmacists and educating other healthcare professionals by “shadowing”​

If you have any questions about this interview, come see me in our private Facebook community (link to join in your first email upon registration).

I hope to see you soon and look forward to hearing your ideas and plans to Elevate our profession.

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About the Author

Blair Thielemier, PharmD, is a business development consultant specializing in pharmacist-led billing models. She has set the industry standard for virtual pharmacy conferences with the Elevate Pharmacy Virtual Summit in 2017. She has consulted with national pharmacy organizations, drug wholesalers, point of sale companies, and Fortune 5 health insurers. She has books and online courses available for individuals looking to leverage their pharmacy knowledge into monetized clinical programs at She speaks internationally about trends in leveraging pharmacists to improve value-based care.


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