From 1996-2012, the Pharmacy Task Force supported the mission of the GFHC
in the area of pharmaceutical services, specifically having a vision to:
- Improve the health status of residents of Genesee County;
- Improve the quality and cost effectiveness of pharmaceutical utilization within
- the health care system in Genesee County;
- Improve the quality, cost effectiveness, and compliance of the use of pharmaceuticals in Genesee County;
- Address and improve Patient Safety in the use of pharmaceuticals in Genesee County.
The Task Force’s Outcome Options included:
- To develop a patient-focused (consumer) educational campaign to increase adherence to medications/treatment within a specific population; to assist with hospital admissions/routine medical appointments; and to ensure accurate administration of medications (e.g. the Emergency Health Card);
- To support projects designed to enhance communication between patients and providers by increasing patients’ comfort level with asking questions (e.g. Diabetes education algorithm);
- To support projects designed to give Pharmacists the tools to counsel a patient on the appropriate use of medications (e.g. Pharmacy lectures at Diabetes Group
- Visit meetings, HealthPlus’ of Michigan’s Ashville Project);
- To develop a prescription assistance educational campaign to increase access to pharmaceuticals for uninsured and underinsured populations; intended to improve pharmaceutical access and adherence rates for this population.
Efforts in the pharmaceutical area are now the responsibility of the GFHC’s Quality & Innovation Task Force.