Project Manager
The Pharmacists’ Education and Advocacy Council (PEAC) - Baltimore, MD

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Project Manager Job Description:
The Pharmacists’ Education and Advocacy Council (PEAC) of Maryland is seeking a confident and natural communicator, skilled in social media and the Microsoft Office Suite® of computer programs, who has no hesitation to request donations to support a community service program. Candidates should possess at minimum a bachelor’s degree along with the patience and flexibility to perform effectively in a program that is under development. Project goals include removing the stigma associated with addiction and encouraging individuals to seek medical treatment early in the course of the condition. Someone who shares this passion and demonstrates compassion for addicted individuals is preferred. The successful candidate will work under the guidance and supervision of the PEAC Board of Directors. Thus, leadership and management experience are desired but not required.

Project Description:
The educational need in the addiction area is massive. From health professionals to the general population, there is little understanding of addiction despite recent scientific discoveries and clinical advances in its treatment. The secret and seductive nature of this disease obscure its progression, lead to denial in both the addicted individual and his/her family, foster continued deterioration until an egregious complication occurs (arrest, job loss, ER admission or other dramatic physical distress), and culminates in a crisis at which point someone reaches out for help. The goals of this educational project are to remove the stigma from addiction and place it in a medical context, identify its signs and symptoms particularly those in the early stage of illness, and describe its treatment and recovery potential in order to increase treatment demand early in the course of illness.

Cost effectiveness studies have demonstrated that addiction treatment saves dollars .This project address the major challenge of getting affected individuals into treatment early in the disease progression. Our approach is in harmony with revisions to diagnostic parameters for substance dependence laid out in DSM-V to be released at the May 2013 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Diego, CA. We will utilize health professionals (pharmacists, nurses, physicians) as educators who will receive targeted training (train the trainers model). This creates an added benefit of increasing addiction knowledge among these individuals. Powerpoint slide deck presentations with accompanying documentation will be created and used by these speakers for educational programs in community based venues (e.g. churches & synagogues, PTA groups in schools, health professional society meetings, and community business associations) addressing age groups from teens to seniors.

Educational Program Objectives:
Recipients of the educational program shall be able to:
1. Identify addiction as a medical condition
2. Describe the signs and symptoms of substance use disorders
3. Interact effectively with affected individuals

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