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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 7, 2024) — The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) has been honored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) as one of the inaugural ACT Community Pharmacy Centers of Excellence. This prestigious recognition underscores UKCOP’s unwavering commitment to advancing community pharmacy through exemplary teaching, service, scholarship, leadership, and partnerships.

Joining sixteen other selected institutions, UKCOP will play a pivotal role in transforming community pharmacy practice. The centers will act as ambassadors for pharmacy education, collaborating with leaders in pharmacy and healthcare to drive community pharmacy practice transformation.

The College’s pharmacy practice champions team includes: 

  • Clark Kebodeaux, PharmD, BCACP, clinical associate professor, ACT Champion 
  • Tera McIntosh, PharmD, associate professor, ACT Champion 
  • Brooke Hudspeth, PharmD, associate professor and chief practice officer, director of the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice (CAPP) 
  • Trish Freeman, RPh, PhD, FAPhA, FNAP, professor, director of advocacy 
  • Stacy Taylor, PharmD, MHA, BCPS, associate professor, director of practice advancement partnerships 
  • Adrienne Matson, PharmD, BCPS, adjunct assistant professor, Continuing Professional Development Office director 
  • Kyle Bryan, PharmD, adjunct assistant professor, practice implementation pharmacist 
  • Kristen Lawson, program coordinator  

The College will be formally honored at the AACP annual meeting, Pharmacy Education 2024, in Boston on Tuesday, July 23, during the AACP Transformation Center: Accelerating Community-based Pharmacy Practice Transformation session. 

“We’re proud to be recognized as an inaugural ACT Community Pharmacy Center of Excellence,” said Kebodeaux. “This designation underscores our dedication to advancing community pharmacy and preparing our students to be leaders in the field.”

“This recognition is a testament to our collaborative efforts in transforming community pharmacy,” added Hudspeth. “Our goal is to enhance pharmacy services and integrate them more deeply into community healthcare, ensuring Kentucky is at the forefront of these advancements.”

Learn more about the 2024 ACT Centers of Excellence.

About the ACT Pharmacy Collaborative

The Academia-Community Transformation (ACT) Pharmacy Collaborative fosters collaboration between schools of pharmacy and community pharmacy practices to advance community pharmacy practice through teaching, service, scholarship, leadership, and partnerships. 

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.