The Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) welcomes Micah Cost, PharmD, MS, as its incoming Executive Director on January 1, 2015. A second-generation pharmacist, Dr. Cost is the son of Terry Cost, DPh, and his wife, Gayle Cost. Born in Nashville and raised in Franklin, he completed his bachelor’s degree at Lipscomb University and his PharmD at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy. Dr. Cost also earned a post-graduate Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Health Policy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Cost joined TPA in 2008 as the Executive Resident in Association Management and Health Policy and has served since that time as the Director of Professional Affairs for TPA. In this role, he has provided support and resources to TPA members and partners through the implementation and delivery of many educational training programs and patient care grants focused on increasing patient access to pharmacist-provided care and elevating patient care standards within pharmacy practice in Tennessee. Dr. Cost has taught hundreds of pharmacists and student pharmacists in the practice areas of pharmacy-based immunization delivery, diabetes care, and medication therapy management, among others. In addition, Dr. Cost brings a wealth of experience and policy knowledge to this position, as well as important relationships with association partners at the state and national levels.
“TPA, as an association, is incredibly strong,” affirms Dr. Cost. “We are strong because our members and key partners form the foundation on which our association continues to build and grow. The state of Tennessee possesses some of the most progressive and innovative pharmacy practices in the country, and TPA is fortunate to support, and be supported by, these dedicated pharmacists and pharmacy professionals.” Dr. Cost continues, “Through the leadership of our Board of Directors and the support of our pharmacists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, associate members, and essential partners in health care, TPA will continue to advocate for optimal patient health outcomes through pharmacist-provided care, promote the importance and value of pharmacists and pharmacy team members, and ensure that pharmacists remain among the most trusted and appreciated members on the health care team.”
Baeteena Black, DPh, retires on December 31, 2014, having served over twenty years as Executive Director of TPA, during which time the association realized tremendous victories for patients and the profession of pharmacy. Dr. Black’s insight, strategic vision, passion, and untiring dedication, along with her 40 years of active participation as a TPA member, including a term as TPA President, have been pivotal in the association’s successful state advocacy efforts to enact numerous progressive laws, including passage of the Pharmacy Practice Act of 1996, and most recently, the 2014 Collaborative Pharmacy Practice Act.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to follow the legacy of TPA executive leadership provided by Dr. Baeteena Black, Dr. Tom Sharp, Jr., and Dr. Tom Sharp, Sr., and I look forward to serving our patients, our pharmacist providers, and our pharmacy team members as Executive Director, as we work together to write the next chapter for our profession and our association,” Dr. Cost states.
Dr. Cost currently resides in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, with his wife of almost 9 years, Kyle, and begins his tenure as Executive Director on January 1, 2015.