P EOPLE FOR P ATIENT S AFETY (PPS) May 11, 2020 - 7:00 PM Eastern Time

On May 11, 2020 our Guest Speaker will be Yashar Rafi, PharmD, from The Institute for Safe Medication Practices  (ISMP) and Leslie Farrington, MD.
We will be discussing Step #2 of the TakeCHARGE Campaign : Keep track of your medical history and medications and bring this information with you to every medical appointment.   Their presentations will be given through Zoom and all participants must be registered at least two hours before program starts. Register here
About Yashar Rafi
Y ashar Rafi received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his PharmD from the Jefferson College of Pharmacy in 2013. His interest in medication safety was sparked in pharmacy school when he attended a series of lectures by Hedy Cohen of ISMP.
He pursued an Introductory Professional Practice Experience in patient safety at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania which further solidified his interest in medication safety. After graduation, he worked as a community pharmacist in northern California. In addition to medication safety, his professional interests include ambulatory care, health information technology, and data analysis.

About ISMP
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is the only 501c (3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to preventing medication errors. During its more than 25- year history, ISMP has helped make a difference in the lives of millions of patients and the healthcare professionals who care for them.
About Leslie Farrington, MD
Dr. Leslie Farrington is a retired Obstetrician/Gynecologist from Freeport, NY. Her career in medicine began at Howard University College of Medicine in 1981. In 2009 Dr. Farrington transitioned her Ob/Gyn practice to Office Gynecology and Well Woman Care. She then became active on the Pulse Board of Directors, developing programs and devoting more and more time to the Pulse mission to educate the public about patient safety and advocacy. As an African-American physician, she began a grassroots effort to develop communication techniques and tools that patients of color can use to meet the challenges affecting care in the Black community. The result of that effort is the ASK for Your Life Campaign, a Pulse program promoting racial equality in healthcare through patient empowerment. Although she spends time traveling with her husband, Leslie Farrington has not retired when it comes to raising awareness of everyone’s right to safe, quality healthcare that is free from discrimination. 
  • May 19, 10 AM; Telephone Teach in; Difficult Decisions for Patients and Caregivers About Post-Acute Care and Why They Matter. FLYER
  • June 19, 10 AM; Budget Update: Federal Actions and Proposals
  • June 23, 10 AM; Telephone Teach in; Take CHARGE Campaign; 5 Steps to Patient Empowerment
1.      Understand & Complete Your Advance Directives
2.     Keep a Record of Your Medical History & Current Medications
3.      Prepare for Doctor Visits / Make A List of Questions
4.     Prevent Infections / Ask Caregivers to Wash Their Hands
5.     Use an Advocate / Be an Advocate for Others
Consider making Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy your charity of choice!