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.
- Population Health: Collaborating to Improve Patient Care; 3BLmedia.com; June 2015
- North Carolina powerhouses partner to drive clinical pharmacy services; Pharmacist.com; December 2014
- Study: Pharmacists Could Play An Integral Role In Patient Care; WUNC91.5; November 2014
- Avoiding the First Event: The Importance of Adherence in the “Near Sick”;Pharmacy Times; August 2014
- GSK and nonprofit shrink Big Data down to size; Medical Marketing and Media; September 2013
- GSK, Non-profit partner adhere on Medication Management; InVivo Blog; September 2013
- 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
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Senior Product Manager – Durham, NC (6/00-4/02)
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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