Opening General Session: Emergency Preparedness Beyond COVID-19: The Role of Pharmacists in Federal Response

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During these uncertain times, there is a need for pharmacists to plan ahead and be prepared to work together to respond to public health emergencies. Beyond COVID-19, a response to public health emergencies, such as hurricanes, requires pharmacists to be ready for a variety of challenges. The use of telehealth has become a critical tool to help continue pharmacy services when there may be closures, power loss, flooding, or loss of supplies and staff. This session will help you get prepared for the inevitable through case studies of how pharmacists have risen to the challenge.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, pharmacists & pharmacy technicians will be able to: 

  • Discuss the need to develop a plan in preparation for a pharmacy response to public health emergencies and natural disasters.
  • Define the role of pharmacists in public health emergency preparedness and response.
  • Describe the use of telehealth to provide pharmacy support during an emergency.
  • List resources needed to address clinical and operational support during a public health emergency

Activity type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians
Learning Level: 1

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following archived webinar is approved for 0.15 contact hour of CPE credit (0.15 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-20-312-H04-P/T

To obtain credit for completing Opening General Session: Emergency Preparedness Beyond COVID-19: The Role of Pharmacists in Federal Response participants will need to watch the archived webinar on, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

Initial release date: November 13, 2020
Expiration date: May 13, 2021 - No credit granted after this date


Opening General Session: Emergency Preparedness Beyond COVID-19: The Role of Pharmacists in Federal Response is an activity for pharmacists & pharmacy technicians developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2020 American Pharmacists Association


Michael D. Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP, Andy Stergachis, PhD, BPharm, CDR Ashley Schaber, PharmD, MBA, BCPS,LCDR Theresa Castellanos, PharmD, CLC , and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at


This learning product is a component of the JFPS 2020 Virtual Education package.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-312-H04-T 0.15 CEUs November 13, 2020 - May 13, 2021
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-312-H04-P 0.15 CEUs November 13, 2020 - May 13, 2021