Pharmacy College Names Achoe Director of Equity and Inclusion
The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that
Patricia (Pat) Achoe, RPh, MBA, has joined the college in her new
role as Director of Equity and Inclusion. In this role, Achoe
will chair the college’s council on diversity, serve as
advisor to the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)
and assist the college in meeting targets related to equity,
inclusion and diversity as outlined in the college’s new
We Are Pharmacy: Rx
for the Future.
"Pat is already well-known to many in the profession of pharmacy in
Cincinnati and brings a wealth of experience and leadership
qualities to the position,” says Neil MacKinnon, PhD, dean of
Achoe’s position, he says, is funded by collaboration with
the Kroger Co., where Achoe began her career as a pharmacy manager
in 1990 and rose to the title of manager of clinical
Her academic background includes a pharmacy degree from Howard
University and a master’s of business administration degree
Grand Canyon University.
Recently, Achoe received her
Six-Sigma Greenbelt certification which entailed an examination and
completing a project that resulted in cost savings and process
improvements for Kroger.
Achoe says her interest the pharmacy profession started at a young
age: "In high school, someone came to my school and talked about
the career of pharmacy to my science class. She planted the seed
because she was so passionate.”
In her new role, Achoe says she looks forward to talking with young
people about pharmacy as their career choice with that same
passion, and hopes that she too, "will be able to plant many seeds
and grow awareness about our profession.”
In addition to her role at UC, Achoe:
Serves on the continuing education committee of the Cincinnati
Pharmaceutical Association and is a lifetime member of the National
Currently co-chairs the African American Associate Resource group
Recruits for Kroger at the National Student Pharmaceutical
Association (SNPhA) annual meeting.
A native of Detroit, Achoe enjoys meeting people and traveling. She
resides in Cincinnati with her husband Howard and is a faithful
member of the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church.
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