ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct. 20, 2020) – Jonathan Harward, pharmacy manager at Josefs Pharmacy in Raleigh, N.C., was honored as the recipient of the 2020 National Preceptor of the Year Award by the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation as part of NCPA’s Annual Convention, which was held virtually. Harward, who is originally from Carthage, N.C. and now lives in Holly Springs, has precepted pharmacy students with Josefs Pharmacy since 2015.
Harward attended Campbell University, completing his undergraduate studies and graduating with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013. He completed a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency with Kerr Drug and Campbell University.
In nominating him for this award, Dr. D. Byron May, professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, writes that Harward “understands that students have different learning styles and he cares enough to ascertain how each student learns best in order to maximize their learning experience.” May says Harward knows the importance of individualizing students’ experiences and prioritizes involving them in all aspects of his pharmacy practice. Students say Harward was a mentor to them long after their experiential training ended, giving testament to his compassion and dedication to their personal and professional development.
Harward’s commitment to pharmacy professionalism extends beyond precepting future pharmacists, carrying into his work at Josefs Pharmacy, where he is dedicated to his patients and his community. He has worked to develop and implement a medication synchronization program seeking to promote comprehensive medication reviews, immunizations and assessments in patients with HIV, HCV and rheumatoid arthritis. He worked to develop the ScriptAbility program through which visually impaired patients (using special technology) can hear instructions printed on their medication vial. He also holds immunization clinics at nearby businesses and places of worship for those who are uninsured, and shares his knowledge in presentations to various educational sessions throughout the community.
Harward is involved with efforts to transform community-based pharmacies, working with CPESN® USA and Flip the Pharmacy. These initiatives, among other things, aim to improve medication adherence and lower overall cost of care. Harward is currently seeing patients with hypertension through Flip the Pharmacy with plans to expand this coming year.
Harward says, “It is a privilege to be able to mentor and show students the great services that independent pharmacies have to offer our patients, while sharing with them the challenges we face from pharmacy benefit managers who attempt to undermine our work.” He thanks Dr. May in addition to Dr. Katie Trotta, Dr. Taylor McDaniel, and Dr. Tina Thornhill at Campbell University for nominating him for this award. Harward also thanks Finny and Blessy Joseph, the owners of Josefs Pharmacy, for allowing him to have students in the business.
The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor the previous incarnation of NCPA, the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD) Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible as charitable donations to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The NCPA Foundation supports the growth of independent community pharmacy through scholarships to pharmacy students, critical research/programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy and patient care, community service programs, and financial aid to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster or other adverse circumstances. For more information, go to www.ncpafoundation.org.
Founded in 1898, the National Community Pharmacists Association is the voice for the community pharmacist, representing over 21,000 pharmacies that employ approximately 250,000 individuals nationwide. Community pharmacies are rooted in the communities where they are located and are among America's most accessible health care providers. To learn more, visit www.ncpa.org.