Sally Rafie

Sally Rafie - 2019 Nominee
Position: Pharmacist and Founder
Organization: Birth Control Pharmacist
Current Location: United States, North America
PharmD from University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist
Advanced practice pharmacist
NAMS-certified menopause practitioner
Dr. Rafie is one of the first pharmacists in California to obtain the Advanced Practice Pharmacist license. She helped develop the California statewide protocol for self-administered hormonal contraceptives adopted by the Board of Pharmacy. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My work focuses on increasing access to family planning services in pharmacies. The Birth Control Pharmacist project was created to provide education and training, implementation assistance, resources, and clinical updates to pharmacists, as well as to engage in advocacy, research and policy efforts. One of my initiatives, Birth Control Pharmacies, raises awareness about pharmacist birth control prescribing and connects people with participating pharmacies across the country. I have trained thousands of pharmacists and pharmacy students, in addition to physicians, nurses and healthcare workers. I believe community pharmacies and pharmacists are highly underutilized in serving the health needs of our communities and there is an urgent need to expand services, particularly in rural areas.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I have been passionate about reproductive health and rights my entire life. During pharmacy school, I began to see the ability to contribute and have a role as a health care provider. It was with our lecture on emergency contraception that I was inspired. I started getting involved by doing outreach calls to pharmacies across California to encourage them to start prescribing emergency contraception under statewide protocol to increase access for women across the state.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I worked with the California Board of Pharmacy to develop the first statewide protocol for pharmacist prescribing of hormonal contraception and with the California Pharmacists Association to implement payment for pharmacist services in the California Medicaid and family planning programs. I have mentored many pharmacy students and pharmacy residents in doing research in family planning. Assembling multidisciplinary teams across organizations and states has made the work more impactful.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

This new platform will allow me to raise awareness about the role of pharmacists and community pharmacies as family planning providers. Many people are unaware of birth control services available in pharmacies. The grant would make it possible to do an awareness campaign that involves signs and other materials that can be displayed in pharmacies, as well as an online awareness campaign. As more people access these services, pharmacists will be motivated to expand their offerings as well.

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