Adaptability, agency, and association to influence change: The Report of the 2020-21 AACP Argus commission

Cynthia J. Boyle, David D. Allen, Joseph T. Dipiro, Steven A. Scott, Todd D. Sorensen, Lucinda L. Maine

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The 2020-21 AACP Argus Commission was charged to 1) review the 2019-2020 standing committee reports; 2) describe the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare delivery with an emphasis on health equity and social justice, 3) identify strategies to work with other health professions associations to advance interprofessional education and practice, and 4) offer recommendations for activities for the Center to Accelerate Pharmacy Practice Transformation and Academic Innovation (CAPT). Two work groups divided charges 2 and 3 and provided assessments of how health care and education might change due to all we have experienced over the 12-plus months of the pandemic. A review of plans for the first year of the CAPT activities and recommendations for additional activities are included in report. The Commission has proposed two new policy statements on digital health, five recommendations for AACP and five suggestions for colleges and schools of pharmacy. The Argus Commission affirms academic pharmacy’s adaptability, agency, and association to influence changes in healthcare delivery and interprofessional education and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8722
Pages (from-to)1105-1115
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The first relates to answering key questions regarding how interprofessional efforts should be organized and resourced at the university level. In 2020, Kelly Ragucci, AACP Vice President for Professional Development, and Joseph Zorek, PharmD, BCGP who serves as the Director, Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration (LINC) at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, collaborated on a submission of a Presidential Grant application that was funded by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. This project aims to develop an assessment framework and tool for use by a university with health professions education programs to evaluate the maturity of the institution’s IPE efforts. The project will be completed later this year, and the co-investigators plan to embark on a second wave of activity designed to test the tool with additional universities.

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© 2021, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. All rights reserved.


  • Digital health
  • Health disparities
  • Interprofessional education
  • Value-based payment and transformation

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  • Journal Article
  • Review


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