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📚The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
Dr. Hillary Blackburn uses her voice as a pharmacist, podcast host, author, and online community founder.
Full Bio – Hillary Blackburn, PharmD, MBA
Hillary Blackburn, PharmD, MBA is a clinically and business trained pharmacist who’s been practicing for almost a decade in a variety of healthcare settings. She has experience in healthcare strategy, business development, formulary development and management, consulting, and establishing successful medication access programs. In her current role, she serves as the Director of Pharmaceutical Services at Dispensary of Hope, a national non-profit medication distributor hosted by Ascension where she oversees the formulary, leads research initiatives, and manages the network of strategic advisors on Dispensary of Hope’s Pharmacy Advisory Council.
Dr. Blackburn was selected to serve in a national leadership position on the American Pharmacists Association’s (APhA) – APPM Executive Committee for 2021-2022. Additionally, she serves as Co-Chair for the Advocacy Committee for APhA’s Care of the Underserved Special Interest Group and as a member of the Membership Engagement and Legislative and Policy committees for the Tennessee Pharmacist Association. Dr. Blackburn also precepts Belmont University College of Pharmacy student pharmacists and serves on the Dean’s External Advisory Committee. Dr. Blackburn is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Hillary is passionate about promoting the pharmacy profession and delivering expert patient care which led her to found the Pharmacy Advisory Group which provides pharmacy expertise in consulting and education. Her popular podcast, Talk to Your Pharmacist, has over 170 episodes highlighting successful pharmacy leaders and sharing about current healthcare trends. In 2012, Hillary returned to her Tennessee roots and met her wonderful husband, Chad, in Nashville where she enjoys staying involved in her community through volunteering, living an active lifestyle, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and welcoming their baby girl in August 2020.
In October 2020, she released her first book titled How Pharmacists Lead: Answers from Women Who Are Leading, Succeeding, and Impacting Pharmacy which is available on Amazon here.
Highlights from the interview
2020 was an exciting year for Dr. Hillary Blackburn! She gave birth to her first child, and she published How Pharmacists Lead: Answers from Women Who are Leading, Succeeding, and Impacting Pharmacy by Dr. Hillary Blackburn, PharmD, MBA. The book is available in Kindle and print. Hillary loves Audible, but there is no audiobook yet.
According to amazon.com, “How Pharmacists Lead aims to inspire readers along their own leadership journey by highlighting examples of women in pharmacy who are leading, succeeding, and making an impact. Although women now make up the majority of graduates in the health professions, there continues to be a lack of females in leadership positions. This book explains some of the challenges that women face in the workplace, as well as solutions to overcome them.”
Tony Guerra, author and podcast host, encouraged Hillary to write her book.
Hillary is an early-adopter. Ever since her husband told her about podcasts, Hillary has been listening to them. Hillary thought she could start one, so she did. She enjoys connecting with others and helping them share how they use their voices.
Three Talk to Your Pharmacist Podcast interviews mentioned in this episode:
Congratulations to Dr. Hillary Blackburn for 4 years of podcasting and many guests on her show! She has had the privilege of connecting with many great pharmacist leaders, including entrepreneurs, leaders in association management, guests from private companies, Pharma, MSL’s, and the US military. These women inspire Hillary.
As a podcast host, Hillary likes to connect with other pharmacists, build her network, and provide content that has value for her listeners. Sponsors are the feather in her cap. Her podcast is published biweekly.
What is Women in Pharmacy Leadership League? It’s an online community for leaders to connect and focus on leadership or finding mentors. The platform (Mighty Networks) has a website and an app. An example of a topic of discussion is, “Are you a reader?”
Two female pharmacy leaders who mentored Dr. Hillary Blackburn are Dr. Deborah Minor and Dr. Sharon Dickey. According to Hillary, during their time together, Dr. Minor had a great rapport with patients, great relationships with colleagues (for example physicians), volunteered in her community, was an expert researcher, worked long hours, had high standards and expectations, was a role model, and even hosted Bible studies in her home (with home-cooked meals!).
Hillary mentioned Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. She mentioned connectors, mavens, and salesmen. Hillary feels natural as a connector.
Dispensary of Hope is a great fit for Hillary. She is the Director of Pharmaceutical Services. Hillary started as a volunteer. Now, she is a full-time employee. Having a way to give back to the community as a pharmacist is rewarding for her. Hillary is building her department. Dispensary of Hope just hired an informatics pharmacist named Mary who is a former student who worked there.
Pharmacists are leaders in their communities. They are trusted professionals. According to Hillary, you need to be able to use your voice with your patients in your community. You can use your voice no matter your sphere of influence.
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