LANITA S. WHITE, Pharm.D. (LSWhite@uams.edu) is assistant dean for student affairs and associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), College of Pharmacy in Little Rock, Arkansas. She earned her Pharm.D. from Xavier University of Louisiana. After pharmacy school, she completed an ASHP accredited postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy practice residency and an ASHP accredited PGY2 ambulatory care pharmacy residency, both at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas, and practiced there in the diabetes and endocrinology clinic. In 2012, Dr. White was recruited to direct the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center. The 12th Street Health and Wellness Center is an interprofessional, student-led, community-based clinic that provides real-world interprofessional training opportunities for UAMS students. The clinic offers chronic disease screenings and primary care for uninsured patients at no cost. Further, the clinic serves as a national model for faculty participating in interprofessional student precepting.
White has served ASHP in several capacities including several years as an Arkansas delegate to the ASHP House of Delegates; and member of the Task Force on Organizational Structure; Committee on Nominations; Council on Education and Workforce Development; and Task Force on Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Meet Lanita S. White
As a young practitioner focused on career development, I didn’t expect to develop a passion for professional service. I knew I would always support my professional organization through membership. When a dear mentor invited me to serve, that opportunity fueled my love for advocacy for the profession, practitioners, and patients. There are three critical issues where we must lead the conversation to affect change:
- Sustainability of the workforce is threatened by varying degrees of profession saturation, declining interest in the profession, and growing competition from other healthcare professions.
- Diversity of the workforce is vital to patient care and the profession’s sustainability. We know that minority patients, in particular, experience better outcomes when they have access to practitioners who look like them. Future practitioners must be able to see pharmacy as a viable professional choice.
- Pharmacists must be included in all aspects of decision- and policy-making related to healthcare. This inclusion should start at the institution and be modeled at the state and national levels. Pharmacists must also be prepared and willing to advocate to change the discussion and highlight the need for our presence in these conversations.
These three issues are major concerns facing our profession. In my opinion, it is important to have a viable pipeline that feeds the diversity needed for pharmacy to be represented in all conversations. It is my sincere honor to be nominated, and I would love to represent you on the ASHP Board of Directors!