Julie Burger
FPA Member since 2016

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Julie is a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) and is currently the Pharmacy Technician Program Director at Pensacola State College. She also continues to work as a retail pharmacy technician in Pensacola, Florida, adding to her 10+ years of combined experience in clinical trial, compounding, and hospital pharmacy. She became a CPhT in 2000, while continuing to work toward her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science Education and Chemistry from the University of Arizona, which she received in 2006.

Julie also gained a strong background in public service since completing her Master of Public Health in 2013. Prior to her current position, Julie served in public health after volunteering with AmeriCorps for one year. During her tenure in public health, Julie served as the Public Health Emergency Management Planner, Emergency Support Function (ESF 8) leader, and Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator in Escambia County. Julie was also the health assessment leader for the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County.  Publications include the 2015 Community Health Assessment for Escambia County, and a chapter titled “Pharmacies and Preparedness” in the second edition of Emergency Preparedness and Disasters for Health Professionals (2017) published by Paradigm.

As a military spouse, the pharmacy profession has afforded her the flexibility to work in a range of settings in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, and Pennsylvania. This variety of roles and responsibilities as a pharmacy technician has led to a passion for education, mentorship, and leadership in the field of pharmacy. In addition to her CPhT, Julie is Certified in Public Health (CPH), a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), and has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Julie has been a member of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council since 2007 and was awarded Adjunct Faculty of the Year at Pikes Peak Community College, 2009-2010.

Position Statement:

I joined the Florida Pharmacy Association in 2016 to connect with other pharmacy professionals throughout the State. In 2017, I began participating in the Educational Affairs Council and I seek to further my contribution to this organization. FPA is important to me because provides valuable information and guidance on issues related to pharmacy practice specific to Florida.

Ensuring my community has pharmacy technicians that are competent, qualified, and passionate about their chosen profession is how I choose to make an impact in my local community. I would like to extend this impact by contributing my time and efforts with the FPA Board of Directors. Florida leads the way in many regulatory and ethical issues in pharmacy and I would like to contribute my voice as a technician. Pharmacy requires being a flexible and dedicated lifelong learner. Advancing roles for technicians becomes more relevant as pharmacists seek provider status. Ensuring a trained workforce is prepared to assist pharmacists is crucial to the success of the profession and public health.

My professional background as a pharmacy technician and in public health would offer an eclectic perspective to the Board, and I would be honored to serve.

Thank you for the privilege of considering my candidacy.