A2 How to achieve good public health across cultures

Wednesday 31 August 2016
Hilton Buenos Aires : Pacifico A, 3 hours

Organised by the FIP Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section and the FIP Young Pharmacists’ Group 

Simultaneous translation in Spanish


Pharmacists have responsibilities to participate in global and national efforts to promote health and to integrate these initiatives into their practices. Many of the public health challenges faced today by patients are the result of lifestyle, human behaviour, health inequalities and personal choice, which not only reflect but also impact on their care, medication regimens and management.

With population growth in developed and developing countries, disparities in health delivery have become more prevalent. These disparities are a pressing public health matter and a social determinant of health.

This session will describe how public health could benefit from pharmacists’ involvement in interventions aimed at, for example, modifying behaviours in target populations. It also aims to exemplify the pharmacist’s public health roles in ethnically diverse populations in areas of health literacy, socioeconomic status, cultural competency among other health care professionals and in the adoption of best practices to reduce disparities in health care.


Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this knowledge-based session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the pharmacists’ role in public health from primary, secondary and tertiary preventive levels through preventive services and therapeutic monitoring
  2. Describe how pharmacists can address the balance between evidence-based and comprehensive preventive care in immunisations, health education and disease prevention
  3. Identify pharmacists’ role in building culturally competent systems of care to reduce ethnic disparities in health through awareness and effective communication with patients
  4. Describe pharmacists’ challenges in the provision of health care to ethnically diverse populations.
  5. Explain prevailing ethical implications that require balancing between individual patient rights and existing imperatives in the public health environment.



Yejide Oseni (Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Nigeria) and Seun Omobo (Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products, WHO, Switzerland) 



1)      Introduction by the chairs


2)      Pharmacists’ role in public health from primary prevention of disease to therapeutic monitoring
Ola Al Ahdab (Ministry of Health, United Arab Emirates)


3)      Pharmacists and the “vaccination sceptics” — The balance between evidence base, public health and existing anomalies in ethnically diverse populations
Yen Dang (University of Maryland Eastern Shore, USA)

10:15 – 10:35 Coffee/tea break


4)      Eliminating health disparities: Perspectives on pharmacists’ public health roles in ethnically diverse populations to promote culturally competent care
Yejide Oseni (Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Nigeria)


5)      Balancing ethical implications between individual patient rights and existing imperatives in the public health arena
Betty Chaar (University of Sydney, Australia)


6)      Session discussion and summary