Pharmacy Professor, Clinician Active in New York City Public Health Initiatives
Mary Choy, Pharm.D., BCGP, FASHP, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Touro College of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist in Internal Medicine at Metropolitan Hospital, both located in Harlem, New York, N.Y., is the recipient of the 2016 ASHP and Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists (ABHP) Leadership Award. The award was presented today during the annual ABHP luncheon at ASHP’s 51st Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas.
The ASHP-ABHP Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare.
Dr. Choy is dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and improving health literacy. She has worked to address public health issues related to smoking cessation, improving low immunization rates, and improving diabetes management and other chronic conditions that face minority communities in the New York City area. She has partnered with several groups (including the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, the New York University Center for the Study of Asian American Health, the New York City Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, the Brooklyn Smoke-Free Partnership, and the Chinese-American Planning Council) to train community health workers, conduct health fairs, and provide immunizations. A Past President of the New York City Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NYCSHP), Dr. Choy championed the organization’s involvement in public health initiatives, including an annual Community Flu Clinic, and sought opportunities for pharmacy students to participate in patient care activities.
“Dr. Choy is an exemplary leader whose passion for pharmacy practice, education, and service are an inspiration to her colleagues and students,” said ASHP President Lisa M. Gersema, Pharm.D., M.H.A., BCPS, FASHP. “This award honors her leadership in drawing attention to critical public health issues and her efforts to help patients achieve better health outcomes.”
Dr. Choy has authored several publications and is frequently invited to speak to consumer, student, and health professional audiences. She is an ASHP Fellow and has also been recognized by the New York City Council, the New York State Assembly, the American Pharmacists Association, and NYCSHP.
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 43,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been at 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 advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.SafeMedication.com.
ABHP strives to represent black and minority health-system pharmacists and is dedicated to the growth and development of their pharmacy practice in healthcare facilities. The association provides up-to-date educational programs on minority health issues to help members improve their professional skills and the quality of care that they provide in their areas of pharmacy practice. ABHP serves as a liaison and facilitates communication with other pharmacy associations and organizations concerned with healthcare.
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