NACDS Vice President of Pharmacy Programs Alex Adams (pictured third from left) was interviewed recently for a podcast at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Preparedness Summit, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Dr. Lisa Koonin and the American Pharmacists Association‘s Mitch Rothholz.

The panel discussed the key role pharmacy plays in communities across the country. Adams enumerated the broad array of pharmacy services–including vaccines, disease education and flu and strep testing–that play such an important role in improving patient outcomes and overall health. He cited the “unique reach and accessibility” of community pharmacies and said, “Pharmacies have evolved and have really become a critical extension of the public health infrastructure.” Adams credited the pharmacy’s accessible infrastructure as a key component in emergency preparedness for patients.