Howard University College of Pharmacy event focuses on immunization education


WASHINGTON — Howard University College of Pharmacy, the only such college in the District of Columbia, recently partnered with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) train pharmacists across the country to deliver immunization services. Pharmacists are increasingly recognized for the vital role they play in helping local communities deal with global health emergencies.

On September 22, the College of Pharmacy’s Continuing Professional Education Office The vaccination education event drew attendees from the DMV and several states, including Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California and even Alaska. The APhA is the largest association of pharmacists in the United States and the only organization advancing the entire pharmacy profession. The association is organizing five vaccination certificate training programs this year.

“Howard University College of Pharmacy is delighted to host the APhA Vaccination Training,” says Ranti Akiyode, Pharm.D., acting dean of the Howard University College of Pharmacy. “We value the education of practicing pharmacists and understand the unique role that pharmacists play every day in addressing public health challenges in this country. We are delighted to partner with the APhA to contribute to this mission.

The one-day event featured clinical assistant professors from the College of Pharmacy Tamara McCantPharm.D., Yolanda McKoyPharm.D., and Jacqueise UNONU, Pharm.D., who served as instructors and facilitators of immunization assessment for training. In addition, Careen Joan FranklinPharm.D., assistant clinical professor and alumnus and chartered director of Walgreens at Howard University Hospital, Damika WalkerPharm.D., also served as facilitators for the vaccination assessment.

“The pharmacy profession is the only healthcare profession that demands such a robust and rigorous immunization training program from its clinicians,” said Anthea V. Francis, R.Ph., Coordinator of the Continuing Professional Education Office of the College of Pharmacy. “APhA has been hosting educational events across the country for more than two decades. However, this is the first time the association has partnered with the college to host immunization training in the District of Columbia. Indeed, it is an honor for the College of Pharmacy to be invited by the largest professional association member of the profession to be associated with such an important initiative.

Francis added that the training event was timely and would ensure that more pharmacists are qualified to serve the public, especially marginalized communities, access to vaccinations and vaccines.


About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students follow more than 140 study programs leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Scholars, and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard is also producing more African-American doctorates on campus. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information about Howard University, visit

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