Professor of the Practice
2402 Kerr Hall, 301 Pharmacy Lane, , Chapel Hill, NC, 27599
Jon Easter joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in January 2016 as a Professor of the Practice and Director, Center for Medication Optimization (CMO). CMO conducts applied research, generates ‘real world’ evidence, and disseminates best practices that test, implement and scale medication optimization services and interventions across care settings. Insights and evidence are then disseminated to inform health policy and the movement toward value-based care delivery and payment models. Jon also directs the U.S. Healthcare course in the PharmD curriculum at UNC, and leads the pharmacy practice section within the global PharmAlliance collaboration.
Previously, Jon spent 20 years at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where he primarily worked in health policy. His team focused on care coordination, quality measurement and medication management policy development through the creation of healthcare improvement demonstration projects. Initiatives included launching a patient-centered medical home program and building a predictive analytics tool that identified patients at risk for medication therapy problems.
Jon has a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Georgia and is a registered pharmacist. In addition to improving healthcare and the practice of pharmacy, his true passions are spending time with his wife Anne and their two boys, Charlie and Ben, as well as cheering on his Bulldogs.
- Tripicchio, K, Urick, B, Easter, J, & Ozawa, S. (January 2020). Making the economic value proposition for pharmacist comprehensive medication management (CMM) in primary care: A conceptual framework. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP). In press: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2020.01.001
- Livet, M, & Easter, J. (February 2019). Optimizing medication use through a Synergistic Technology Testing Process: Applying implementation science to drive effectiveness and facilitate scale. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. In Press: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.japh.2018.12.013.
- Easter J, Jani, Y, Kirkpatrick, C, Steeb D, Eckel S (April 2019). Unifying a profession and a health care system: Building the case for a “one pharmacy” global community. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP. In press: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.04.048
- Thorpe, K, & Easter J. (February 2018). The Multi-Billion Dollar Drug-Sensitive Spending Opportunity. North Carolina Medical Journal. In press: https://doi.org/10.18043/ncm.79.1.46
- Dewalt, D, & Easter J. (May 2017). Medication Optimization Value Proposition. North Carolina Medical Journal. In press: https://doi.org/10.18043/ncm.78.3.168
- Farley, J, Ferreri, S, Easter, J, & McClurg, M. (May 2017). The North Carolina Experiment: Active Research in the Development and Assessment of New Practice Models. North Carolina Medical Journal. In press: https://doi.org/10.18043/ncm.78.3.186
- Urick, B, Brown, P, & Easter, J. (May 2017). Achieving Better Quality and Lower Costs in Medicaid. North Carolina Medical Journal. In press: https://doi.org/10.18043/ncm.78.3.188
- Gonzalez, D, Kashuba, A, Easter, J, et al. (August 2017). Precision Dosing: Public Health Need, Proposed Framework, and Anticipated Impact. Clinical and Translational Science. In press: https://doi.org/10.1111/cts.12490
- Patient Engagement and Wellness: A Critical Piece of the Puzzle as Health Care Moves to Value-Based Models; Pharmacy Times (October 2015)
- Avoiding the First Event: The Importance of Adherence in the “Near Sick”; Pharmacy Times (August 2014)
- Medication Management: Integrating the Pharmacist as the Champion; Pharmacy Times (August 2013)
- Institute of Medicine Population Health Roundtable Workshop: Applying a Health Lens II: The Role and Potential of the Private Sector to Improve Economic Well-Being and Community Outcomes; June 4, 2015
- GlaxoSmithKline—Community Care of North Carolina–UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Partnership; AACP Interim Meeting; February 2015
- The Future of Health Care – The Role of ACOs, Medical Homes and Wellness; North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Summit; October 2014
- Interesting Times, Interesting Partners; 2nd Annual World Congress Summit to Improve Adherence and Enhance Patient Engagement; March 2014
- First in Health Partnership with CCNC; Academy Health Policy Conference; February 2014
- Future of Healthcare in NC – New Delivery Models: An Employers Perspective; NC AAFP; November 2012
- Trends in Healthcare: The Patient Centered Medical Home; NC Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Conference; October 2012
- Innovations in Care Delivery Models and the Role of Physician Incentives; Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; September 2012
Health Policy Senior Director, Payment & Delivery Reform, US Public Policy – RTP, NC (11/06-1/16)
Best Practices LLC
Director of Healthcare Sector Research – Chapel Hill, NC (4/05-11/06)
Senior Manager, Clinical Guideline Operations – RTP, NC (5/02-4/05)
Senior Product Manager – Durham, NC (6/00-4/02)
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical (a Johnson & Johnson Company)
District Sales Manager – Raleigh, NC (1/98-6/00)
HealthMatics G.P. (a Glaxo Wellcome General Partnership)
Product Manager, Academic and Professional Affairs – Durham, NC (5/96-1/98)
Glaxo Wellcome Inc.
Professional Affairs Manager, State Government Affairs – Seattle, WA (8/94-5/96)
Professional Sales Representative, Allen & Hanburys – Atlanta and Macon, GA (10/88 – 8/94)
- B.S. in Pharmacy
- Licensed pharmacist