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When: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, Minnesota
23521 Nokomis Ave
Nisswa, Minnesota  56468
United States

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MPhA Brainerd Town Hall

The Need for Effective and Efficient Diabetes Management across the Health Care Continuum

Come join your colleagues in central Minnesota for a chance to network, learn and share with one another while having your voices heard! Your hosts are MPhA members Laura and Mike Schwartzwald of Guidepoint Pharmacies.You’ll have the opportunity to mix, mingle and visit with exhibitors and other health professionals while sharing fellowship before the dinner program.

We have joined with Novo Nordisk and you’ll have a 2 for 1! You’ll hear Dr. Eric Johnson of Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences discuss the need for effective and efficient diabetes management across the health care continuum. Then Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig will provide and update on Minnesota Pharmacy’s advocacy efforts in 2018-2019 and lead a Town Hall. You can also share your thoughts and ideas for both future GRAPh and MPhA events. We look forward to seeing you there!

You will receive an update on the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance (formerly the Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force) and Public Affairs activities and plans and have the opportunity to ask questions about and provide input to the advocacy agenda. After participating in the program, you will be able to:

  • List two of the Minnesota Pharmacy Alliance’s 2018-2019 legislative initiatives.
  • Describe MPhA’s 2018-2019 legislative initiatives.
  • Determine three ways you will become involved in moving this agenda forward.


5:30 p.m. Social and Networking Time
6:20 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
6:30 p.m. Diabetes Program with Eric Johnson
7:15 p.m. Minnesota Pharmacy Advocacy News, QA and Town Hall
8:15 p.m. Adjournment

The Need for Effective and Efficient Diabetes Management across the Health Care Continuum

The diabetes epidemic places an ever-increasing demand on the health care industry to provide better medical care at reduced costs. To meet this demand, the inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care (LTC) settings face unique challenges and opportunities in terms of improving diabetes-related care. Through the exploration of one or more settings, the audience will come to appreciate that optimal patient outcomes are best achieved with a comprehensive team-based care model. This consolidated health systems deck allows the speaker and audience to select one of four disease awareness presentations (inpatient, outpatient, LTC, or Diabetes Management and Effective Use of Insulin in the Inpatient Setting), depending on the participants’ interests and practice settings.


Eric JohnsonDr. Eric Johnson
University of North Dakota, Diabetes Center

Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Education Resources, where he is the Director of Interprofessional Education and the Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Program. He also serves as the Assistant Medical Director for the Diabetes Center at Altru Health System in Grand Forks, North Dakota. A graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Johnson completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of North Dakota-Fargo Program and is Board Certified in Family Medicine.

As well, Dr. Johnson serves as Chair of the American Diabetes Association Primary Care Advisory Group, Co-Chair of the American Medical Association Chronic Disease Prevention and Management interest group, President of the Board of the American Diabetes Association-North Dakota Affiliate, and President of Tobacco Free North Dakota Board of Directors. Dr. Johnson has publications in the areas of diabetes, tobacco related disease, interprofessional education, liver disease, and oxidative stress in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Johnson also has a strong interest in technology management of diabetes

Marsha Millonig Marsha Millonig, MBA, BPharm
MPhA Interim Executive Director

In addition to her role with MPhA, Marsha Millonig is the President/CEO of Catalyst Enterprises, LLC, a health care consulting firm dedicated to creating change. It specializes in projects that allow pharmacy, distribution and manufacturing clients to be more efficient and value-added providers toward improved health outcomes. Prior to forming her company, Marsha was with the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) and headed the philanthropic HDMA Healthcare Foundation, and also the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS.) Her BS in Pharmacy is from the University of Minnesota and her MBA from the University of Maryland. She completed the American Society of Health System Pharmacy (ASHP) Executive Residency in Association Management as well. She is a practicing pharmacist and pharmacist immunizer, working with both independent and chain pharmacies. Marsha is also an associate fellow of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Center for Leading Healthcare Change. She’s a published author. Her last work, 100 MTM Tips for Pharmacists, was published by APhA.

Your Host

Laura SchwartzwaldLaura Schwartzwald, RPh

Laura, a North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy graduate, has worked in pharmacies around the Midwest since she graduated in 1988.

As a pharmacist, Laura always desired to do more than just fill prescriptions. She thrives on helping people, getting to know her patients and how she can help them live a healthier life.

GuidePoint is an outreach pharmacy; Laura serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students from the University of Minnesota, North Dakota State and South Dakota State University. She’s also a clinical instructor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

Laura is a former member of the state Board of Pharmacy and she also served on the University of Minnesota’s Committee on Experiential Practice.

Program Costs

Members: Complimentary
Non-Members: $15


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