3nd Annual Citywide Rx Confab ‘Expanding the Possibilities for Pharmacists’

3nd Annual Citywide Rx Confab
‘Expanding the Possibilities for Pharmacists’

This year the WDCPhA will host the ‘3rd Annual Citywide Rx Confab’ for the DC pharmacy community. The event brings together pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists, pharmacy thought-leaders and stakeholders to discuss issues of importance to the practice of pharmacy in the District of Columbia.  This year we will be at the Anacostia Arts Center located at 1231 Good Hope Road, SE, W, DC 20020.  The theme is “Expanding the Possibilities for Pharmacists’.

The purpose of the conference is to identify actionable goals from the discussion topics to catalog the concerns of the pharmacy community and direct the advocacy efforts of the Association.  Our principal goal is to increase access for patients, achieve health equity in vulnerable and undeserved communities, to advocate for the needs of pharmacists and advance pharmacy practice in the District.

3rd Annual Citywide Pharmacy Meet and Greet Reception
Friday, October 6, 2023
6:30 pm – 9:30 PM
Anacostia Arts Center
Gallery Hall and Community Room
1231 Good Hope Road, SE
Washington, DC 20020

*Music provided by SMILES LIFE to lift your spirits after a long week*


3rd Annual Citywide Pharmacy Meet and Greet Reception

This reception is a celebratory gathering of the pharmacy community designed to recognize the ongoing contributions pharmacists have made to the delivery of critical health care services to the District. Guests to this free event include pharmacists, pharmacy educators and students, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy thought-leaders and stakeholders and community friends. Speakers for the evening are:

Dr. Ranti Akiyode, PharmD
Dean, College of Pharmacy
Howard University




Dr. Heather Free, PharmD, AAHIVP
Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Columbus, Ohio



Dr.  Tamara McCants
President Elect
National Pharmaceutical Association, Inc
Clinical Assistant Professor
HU College of Pharmacy



Training Symposium Presents: 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Continuing Professional Education
8:30 am – 12:15 pm
Anacostia Arts Center
Large Conference Room


Time Topic Speaker CE Credit Hours
8:30am to 9:00am Overview of MRC/ Prepare DC Dennis Means, PharmD None
9:00am   to


Pharmacists’ Role in Emergency Preparedness              Hoai-an Truong, PharmD 1 hr CE
10:00am  to


Pharmacy Preparedness:

Integrating Emergency Response, Immunizations and Law Updates

Reginal Bellamy, PharmD 1 hr CE
11:00am  to


11:15am  to


Addressing Disparities in HIV Prevention Detron M. Brown, PharmD 1 hr CE
Lunch served at 12:15pm – and the attendees will prepare for the next conference session


1:00pm – 2:30pm
“Bridging the Gap Between the Classroom and the Coat”

Presenter: Alsean R. Bryant, Pharm.D., AAHIVP, HIV PCP, President, WDCPhA

A presentation geared to pharmacy students and pharmacy technicians.  The purpose is to continue the exploration of the tenets from the book “I Wear A White Coat,”.  This will be in a timely, tailored, and interactive workshop designed to prepare student pharmacists to anticipate, identify and overcome the inevitable classroom and workforce challenges that accompany white coat status.


WDCPhA Membership Meeting
Saturday, October 7, 2023
Anacostia Arts Center
Community Room
12:00 NOON

The compulsory annual meeting of the membership of the Washington DC Pharmacy Association is called to apprise our members of the state of the WDCPhA as an organization, provide updates our local and national outreach activities, our advocacy efforts, and our progress toward attaining ‘Provider Status for DC Pharmacists’. We will provide a detailed financial report to include recommendations for the members to consider for the future growth and activities.  The Association has worked diligently on your behalf to advance our goals.  We have made great progress. We look forward to our members coming together to network with your colleagues and friends, hear our reports on the many activities the Association has engaged in to advance DC pharmacists, technicians, student pharmacists and the pharmacy practice.


Welcome: Dr. Michael Kim, Pharm.D., Past President

Association Report: Dr. Alsean Bryant, PharmD, Carolyn Rachel-Price RPh, Executive Director

Financial Report: Dr. Janis Jackson, Pharm.D.,Treasurer

General Discussion: Dr. Yolanda McKoy-Beach, Pharm.D., Secretary

Questions & Answer

Light luncheon will be served

WDCPhA Conference
‘Expanding the Possibilities for Pharmacists’
Saturday, October 7, 2023
Anacostia Arts Center
Community Room
2:00 PM

October is American Pharmacists Month. We want to celebrate pharmacy all month starting with our reception which will feature remarks from leaders in the pharmacy community. We also want to acknowledge the contributions made by pharmacists, shine a light on the important contributions we have made to health care and illuminate the positive impact of our work in the communities we serve.

The aim is to expand on the actionable items list from last year. To discuss current topics of interest for 2023 and beyond and to further catalog the concerns of the pharmacy community to direct the advocacy efforts of the Association.


Welcome:  Dr. Michael Kim, Pharm.D., Past President, ‘Expanding the Possibilities for Pharmacists’

Provider Status Update: Carolyn Rachel-Price R Ph, ASCP, Dr. Yolanda McKoy-Beach, Pharm.D.

The Future of Pharmacy: Dr. Wallene Bullard-Battle

Pharmacy Practice: Dr. Jose Diaz-Luna, Pharm.D.

Pharmacy Industry Updates: Dr. Alsean Bryant, Pharm.D., WDCPhA President

Questions & Answers


Dr. Jose Diaz-Luna, PharmD
Vice President of Pharmacy
Director, Pharmacy Services
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Plan
District of Columbia


Dr. Wallene Bullard-Battle, PharmD
Healthcare Leader/Speaker/Career Strategist/Pharmacist/Consultant
Population Health Account Management



Alsean Bryant, Pharm.D., AAHIVP, HIV PCP
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Strategic Response Team Pharmacist
Health Equity Advocate
President, WDCPhA



Carolyn Rachel-Price R Ph, ASCP
Consultant Pharmacist
Essential Pharmacy Services Consulting
Executive Director, WDCPhA




Provider Status for DC Pharmacists –

  • Local and national efforts to date to attain provider status for pharmacists
  • National Legislative and Policy Updates
  • State and federal expansion of opportunities for reimbursements.

Health Equity – Confronting disparities in access to healthcare for underserved populations in 2023-

  • Community partnerships
  • Leveraging pre-existing relationships in community
  • Service to those who have been marginalized across multiple demographic intersections of race, ethnicity and income

Pharmacy Practice:

    • Collaborative Practice – Community Perspective
    • Point-of-Care Services
    • Remote Pharmacy Services

Role of the Pharmacist in Health and Wellness:

    • Work-related stress and burnout of healthcare workers
    • Telemedicine and Telehealth post-COVID-19 and other global issues
    • Nutrition

Preparing Young Pharmacists, Pharmacy Students and Pharmacy Technicians for a Future in the Profession

  • Explore an immersive look into the pharmacy of the future
  • Expectations and opportunities
  • The growing skills and compensation gap for techs

The Future of Pharmacy

  • Pharmacists’ expanding duties and responsibilities
  • Point-of-care services at independent pharmacies
  • Regulatory drivers for health care information technology
  • Opportunities for pharmacists in 2023 and beyond


Washington DC Pharmacy Association 2023 Board of Directors

President: Alsean Bryant, Pharm.D., AAHIVP, HIV PCP

Past President:  Dr, Michael Kim, Pharm.D.

Secretary: Dr. Yolanda McKoy-Beach, Pharm.D.

Treasurer: Dr. Janis Hill-Jackson, Pharm.D.

Education Director: Dr. Matthew Boyd, Pharm.D.

Membership Director: Dr. Alain Temguoa

Technician Director:Bijan Halsey, CPhT

Executive Director:Carolyn Rachel-Price, R Ph, ASCP

The month of October is designated as American Pharmacists Month!   According to APhA, it is a celebration of the invaluable work done by pharmacists and the vital role that we play in society. A time when pharmacy professionals in all practice settings are nationally recognized for the contributions we make to health care. A time when our commitment to patient care and our achievements in ensuring safe and effective medication use is acknowledged.

The WDCPhA represents our membership and the DC pharmacy community to discuss issues of local and national importance to the future of pharmacy in the District of Columbia.  We have made great progress. We thank you for coming out for the conference. Thanks for joining in on the activities, networking with your colleagues and friends, hearing our reports on the many activities the Association has engaged in on your behalf and to advance pharmacy practice in the District of Columbia.