Joyanna L. Wright
FPA Member Since 2009


Joy is the clinical pharmacy specialist for UF Health Shands Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy Department. She has been at Shands since 2005 and in this position since 2009. Before this she worked as a satellite pharmacist, consultant pharmacist for University of Florida and community pharmacist for a small independent pharmacy. She graduated from the University of Toronto with her Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy and has 10 years of experience in Canada which gives her a unique cross-border perspective. While in Canada she sat on the Ontario Pharmacists Board of Directors for 6 years as well as participating in several committees during that time. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2001 from Shenandoah University in Virginia and became board certified in 2007. She has been involved in the Alachua County Association of Pharmacists as a Board member since moving to Florida in 2004, holding positions of Director, Vice-President, President and Chairman of the Board from 2010-2013 and is currently a Director/Parliamentarian. She has been a delegate representing ACAP at the FPA House of Delegates for several years including this past year. Joy has been actively serving on the FPA Professional Affairs committee for the past 2 years. She has been involved in local and state pharmacy associations for pharmacists and technicians for her entire career. She also is a preceptor for UF COP APPE ambulatory care students at Shands for up to 2 students per month, as well as mentoring pharmacy students for both Universities of Florida and Toronto.

Position Statement

I am excited to get involved at the Board level to help support pharmacists and technicians at the state level. FPA has done a great job in recent years of monitoring legislation that will impact pharmacists and taking appropriate actions. I am looking forward to continuing to assist in that effort so that pharmacists and technicians will be supported by legislation and association policies to keep us practicing at the top of our scopes of practice. Every pharmacist in every setting needs to be able to take the time they need to educate and empower patients to become knowledgeable about what they are taking, how to deal with adverse effects, improve health literacy, improve patient safety and reduce medication misadventures causing the spending of unnecessary health care dollars. Investigation into expanding new roles for pharmacists and technicians and the education, training and certification needed will be supported for pharmacists as the drug experts on the health care team and technicians as the preparation, dispensing and billing experts. Continued work to achieve national provider status and scope of practice to support billing for comprehensive medication management as well as disease state management by pharmacists is also a priority.