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Episode 3. Public health pharmacists on call!

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10 November 2022

Pharmacists are critical players in public and global health initiatives. They are uniquely situated in communities, providing health education, vaccinations, and supporting primary prevention. “However, pharmacists are not formally classified as a profession within the public health work force, which limits their impact on population level health” Dr Dallas Smith says in this podcast. In this podcast, Dr Smith illustrates from his own professional experience in public health how pharmacists are and can be public health pharmacists on call.

Guest speaker: Dr Dallas James Smith, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer/Pharmacist, Mycotic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, USA

About Dr Dallas James Smith:
Dallas Smith graduated with his PharmD. from the University of Findlay, Ohio, USA in 2017. After graduation, Dallas was accepted to serve with the Peace Corps as a community health educator in Cambodia for 2 years. His passion for building capacity and empowerment led him to an additional tour with the Peace Corps Response program in Malawi as a Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacognosy lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas was evacuated back to Arlington, Virginia where he managed a COVID-19 testing site and subsequent vaccine clinics. In July of 2021, Dallas started his current position as an Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer in the Mycotic Diseases Branch (MDB). He continues to teach virtually at the College of Medicine in Malawi while being involved in a variety of projects with the institution. Outside of work, Dallas enjoys cultivating native plants and fruits, listening to musicals, and learning about traditional and complementary systems of medicine.