Tracy Rupp, Pharm.D., BCPS, M.P.H., R.D., of Durham, N.C., has been named the 2014-2015 ACCP-ASHP-VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow. The fellow program, which is now in its eighth year, provides pharmacists with unique insights into health care policy analysis and development, under the auspices of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy in collaboration with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The current fellow, Daniel Nam, B.S.Pharm., J.D., is a Legislative Fellow for Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo), who serves on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and the Committee on Finance.
Rupp currently practices as a clinical pharmacist at Duke University Medical Center and earned a Pharm.D. and M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After earning her B.A. in Natural Sciences, at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., Rupp served for two years as a community health educator with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua. Subsequently, Rupp worked as a health education specialist with the South Dakota Department of Health. She served as pediatric nutritionist at Duke University Medical Center and a Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program. After earning her Pharm.D., Rupp completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, NC.
Rupp will begin the fellow program on September 3. After an orientation to Congress from VCU faculty and the Brookings Institution, Rupp will spend one month with the ASHP government affairs and policy team and one month with the ACCP government and professional affairs staff. In November, she will begin working as a policy fellow on a congressional committee or with the personal staff of a United States senator or representative.
ASHP is the national professional organization whose 40,000
members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists who
provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory
clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to
improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about
the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help
people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website,
, or its consumer website,
The American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s mission is to advance human health by extending the frontiers of clinical pharmacy. Through strategic initiatives, partnerships, collaborations, and alliances, ACCP:
Provides leadership, professional development, advocacy, and resources that enable clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice, research, and education.
Advances clinical pharmacy and pharmacotherapy through support and promotion of research, training, and education.
Promotes innovative science, develops successful models of practice, and disseminates new knowledge to advance pharmacotherapy and patient care.
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located on two campuses in downtown Richmond, the university enrolls more than 31,000 students in 222 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-six of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Medical Center comprises MCV Hospitals and VCU’s five health sciences schools, including the School of Pharmacy. For more, see www.vcu.edu or www.pharmacy.vcu.edu.