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ACCP Report - June 2019

Washington Report

Announcing the 2019–2020 ACCP-ASHP-VCU Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow

Written by John K. McGlew
Director of Government Affairs



Capitol

ACCP is pleased to announce that Kyle G. Robb, Pharm.D., has been named the American College of Clinical Pharmacy-American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Virginia Commonwealth University Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow for 2019–2020.

Launched in 2006 under the guidance of ACCP’s C. Edwin Webb, Pharm.D., MPH, longtime director of Government and Professional Affairs and associate executive director (retired), the Fellow program consists of unique health care policy learning experiences in the U.S. Congress and the government affairs offices of ACCP and ASHP. Pharmacists who participate in the program have the opportunity to gain real-world insight into health care policy analysis and development via immersion in the congressional environment. Fellows are actively mentored in legislative evaluation, policy development, research, and writing while integrating practical experience with theory.

Robb is currently a pharmacy supervisor with the University of Virginia Health System. He holds a Pharm.D. degree from the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina and bachelor’s degrees in history and chemistry from North Carolina State University.

He credits his work at U.Va.’s hospital with his interest in public policy. That experience “put me into contact with many patients with needs that far outweighed their personal resources,” he said. “There are still many barriers to care facing large portions of the general population and each problem requires an individualized solution,” Robb added. Moreover, he notes:

I’ve seen how barriers in perception can prevent people from seeking care that they did not realize they had access to. I’ve seen well-meaning policies implemented in manners that do not best serve all patients and I have been tasked with finding ways to help the excluded patients.… There are many problems still in need of solutions that collectively represent [a] massive opportunity to better manage health care resources and thereby improve people’s lives.

The 2019–2020 Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow year will begin in July. Robb will spend 1 week at the Brookings Institution and 3 weeks each with ACCP’s and ASHP’s government affairs offices. Finally, he will be placed within a congressional office or on a congressional committee staff on Capitol Hill. After completing the fellowship, Robb plans to work in health policy as part of government or through academic research.

Alumni Fellows

The 2018–2019 Fellow, Tina Chhabra, Pharm.D., currently serves in the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). After their service in the program, past fellows have gone on to engage in a variety of important roles in health care policy and government:

  • Nilofar Jafari, Pharm.D., MPH, currently serves as a senior health consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in its military health division.
  • Rita A. Habib, Pharm.D., MPH, is currently a full-time staff member in the office of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO).
  • Tracy Rupp, Pharm.D., MPH, is currently a consumer safety officer at the FDA’s CDER Office of Compliance.
  • Daniel Nam, RPh, J.D., the 2013–2014 Fellow, is now the executive director of federal programs at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

Applications for the 2020–2021 Pharmacy Healthcare Policy Fellow Program

Interested candidates should visit the Pharmacy Healthcare Policy Fellow program’s website for more information and instructions on submitting an application. For more information, click here.