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Spelman College Healthcare Summit Speakers

Erin Searles, C’2003, Pharm.D.

Erin Searles

Panelist: The Drug Epidemic: The Politics of Discovery, Dissemination and Affordability

A native of Albany, Georgia, Erin J. Searles currently serves as the pharmacy manager for Mercy Care Pharmacy inside of Mercy Care Clinic. Mercy Care Clinic is a federally qualified health center and Atlanta’s only healthcare for the homeless program (330h), and offers a sliding fee scale based on household income for the uninsured. As a biochemistry major at Spelman College, she participated in research programs including the program in physical sciences and the SMART program at Baylor College of Medicine.

While at Baylor, she decided on pharmacy as a career. At Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, she served as the P1 class president, secretary of the Academy of Student Pharmacists, and P4 class vice president. Searles was initiated into the Delta Eta Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, where she served as president and guided the chapter to receiving the Most Improved Chapter award for Province VII. Also, Searles was selected as a member of Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. After graduating, she worked as a retail pharmacist at both CVS Pharmacy and Ingles Markets from 2007-2015. From July of 2015 until July of 2017, she was the pharmacy manager at the Family Health Center at West End Pharmacy.

While at the Family Health Center, Searles attended 340B University and published an article with Morehouse School of Medicine.  In 2017, she received the Minority Health Leaders 40 Under 40 award. The award was presented by the Nation Minority Quality Forum at the Congressional Black Caucus Spring Brain Trust. An active member of Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., she was the co-chair of the Heart/Stroke Initiative (2014-2018). She helped fundraise over $5,000 for the American Heart Association. Searles currently serves Atlanta-Gates City chapter of the National Pharmaceutical Association as vice president. She is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, serving as co-chair of the awards committee. For years, Searles has served as a mentor and is part of the steering committee for the Sister2Sister Mentoring program. She is a preceptor for LECOM College of pharmacy.