Angela Garcia
FPA Member Since 2004

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Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Angela Garcia and I am running as a candidate for the FPA 2017-2018 President-elect position.

As an active member since 2004, it has been my pleasure to serve and support the FPA Leadership in various positions. I consider myself blessed to have met some of the most amazing people and to have shared in our good fight for growth and change while ‘growing up FPA’. It is important to me to stay connected to what I love most about this profession, and more importantly, to have a pulse on pharmacy.

I graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, completed a Drug Information Residency and obtained my Master of Public Health. It has been rewarding to blended my education and training to prioritize the health of the community and address critical issues facing public health and pharmacy practice. Academic experiences I have held in graduate education programs include Florida Gulf Coast University in physical therapy, as well as several pharmacy programs including NSU College of Pharmacy, University of North Texas, and the University of Florida. Prior to my arrival at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy, I was an Assistant Professor with Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Public Health Program. While at Nova Southeastern University, I had the humbling experience of serving as the co-coordinator for an international medical mission outreach program through Women of HOPE and the College of Osteopathic Medicine, working in an interprofessional capacity in Jamaica, West Indies, since 2008. In addition, I have worked in community pharmacy and spent my time building relationships that fostered initiatives resulting in improved outcomes for patients.

Currently, I am serving as the Member-At-Large for the Florida Public Health Association, and formerly as a member of its Board of Directors. I served our pharmacy profession through local unit leadership as a former member of the Board of Directors with Broward County Pharmacy Association and currently with Pinellas County Pharmacy Association. My leadership experiences within the FPA includes serving as a Chair for both Public Affairs and Educational Affairs Councils, as well as the Ad Hoc Health Fair Committee Chair for seven years. I have also been active in advocacy and legislation to support the Florida Pharmacists’ Health Fair and Legislative Days. These experiences have prepared me to serve as your incoming President-elect.

Some issues facing our profession that are of most concern to me include:

  1. Addressing our need for change to facilitate our ability to practice within interprofessional capacities at the height of our profession.
  2. Increasing active engagement and growth of the membership at all levels of the profession, including technicians, interns, and pharmacists.
  3. Enhancing critical practice areas related to public health and pharmacy (i.e. health literacy, adherence, disease prevention, health promotion, and population health initiatives).
  4. Community pharmacy as it relates to the impact of community health and the challenges experienced by those wanting to do more for patient care outcomes.

It is my intention to serve the FPA leadership and membership with the highest levels of integrity and honesty. I do not have an agenda other than to listen to the needs of our members and our patients and try to foster what change I can while demonstrating absolute commitment to the profession I love. I ask for your support and confirmation as we create new chapters and add to the story of us.