A Script Your Future program with the NACDS Foundation, NCPA, and APhA
The Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge is a two month-long outreach competition held annually in February - March to engage interdisciplinary student teams from pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and other health professions charged with tackling the problem of poor medication adherence and vaccine confidence.
Join your fellow students in engaging with your community in a dialogue about the importance of taking medications and getting routine vaccinations as directed for improved health. Script Your Future knows that it takes the active involvement of the entire health care team to improve medication and vaccine adherence. Student pharmacists, medical students, other health professions students, as well as community members, all have a unique role to play in improving medication adherence and vaccine confidence.
Nearly three out of four Americans don’t take their medications as directed. Many factors contribute to non-adherence, such as financial barriers and lack of access to medical care. Understanding how the social determinants of health impact medication adherence can help reduce health disparities and improve vaccine uptake.
Poor medication adherence has been recognized by national health advocacy groups as a public health priority; it results in more than one-third of medicine-related hospitalizations and almost 125,000 deaths in the United States each year. Vaccine hesitancy has been identified as one of the top ten global health threats by the World Health Organization in 2019; it refers to the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite an available vaccine. Improved medication adherence and vaccine confidence together can lead to better health outcomes.
The Medication Adherence Team Challenge is part of the Script Your Future public awareness campaign launched in 2011 by NCL. The campaign includes more than 130 public and private stakeholder organizations. The following organizations are sponsors of the Challenge: the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), and the National Consumers League.
Join our team and be a part of this national effort to create innovative solutions for the problem of poor adherence and vaccine confidence!