Jon Easter

Director, Center for Medication Optimization through Practice and Policy Professor of the Practice

Jon Easter joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in January 2016 as the director of the Center for Medication Optimization and a professor of the practice. The center, which is embedded within the Practice Advancement and Clinical Education Division, seeks to solidify the role of pharmacy practice within new, value based healthcare payment and care delivery models by building a hub to support internal and external collaboration, research and education.

Specifically, the center will develop a robust, real world practice research capability by securing diverse grants. It will facilitate strategic collaborations with interdisciplinary partners to accelerate impact, as well as advance education of students through curricular transformation and experiential learning. Ultimately the goal of CMOPP is to create real world, validated evidence that demonstrates the impact of medication optimization. This evidence aims to influence health policy, create new payment models and scale care delivery innovations that will improve patient outcomes and lower the total cost of care in the United States.

Easter spent over 19 years at GlaxoSmithKline, where he primarily worked in the health policy arena. He led a team that facilitated the adoption of evidence-based quality measures, informed development of new value-based reimbursement programs and drove improvements in care delivery through better coordination and medication management. He championed GSK’s involvement in North Carolina First in Health, one of the nation’s leading patient-centered medical home projects. He also co-authored a prescriptive analytics pilot through a collaboration with Community Care of North Carolina that aimed to improve patient care through better medication management. He was also directly involved with replication of the Asheville Project, a recognized model for care coordination to improve patient outcomes for chronic disease.

His other passions include spending time with his wife, Anne, and two boys, Charlie and Ben, while also investing in his community, running and the University of Georgia, where he attended pharmacy school.

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)

MDeverywhere Inc.
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)

Glaxo Inc.
Professional Sales Representative, Allen & Hanburys – Atlanta and Macon, GA (10/88 – 8/94)

  • B.S. in Pharmacy
  • Licensed pharmacist

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