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Lakesha M. Butler, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 
Phone: 618-650-5119 
Fax: 618-650-5122 

2005-2006, Pharmacy Practice Residency (Emphasis in Primary Care), University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
2005, Doctor of Pharmacy, Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Lakesha Butler is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Butler received her doctorate of pharmacy from Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. She also completed a post-graduate pharmacy residency specializing in primary care at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and certified CPR instructor. Dr. Butler practices as a clinical pharmacist providing medication management and diabetes education to uninsured patients in St. Charles, Mo., at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic. She is an advocate for increasing cultural competency among health care professionals, decreasing health disparities among minorities and underserved patients, improving health literacy and incorporating innovative, active learning strategies in the classroom.

Clinical Interests:

My clinical interests include the most common disease states managed in the ambulatory care setting such as diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia.

Practice site information:

My current practice site is at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, a free health clinic in St. Charles, Mo. serving indigent adult residents of St. Charles and Lincoln counties. Patients served have no health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare and have family incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline. Our mission is to serve all those who meet these criteria with the best possible healthcare services. As the sole clinical pharmacist, I provide diabetes education, medication management services and clinical pharmacy consultations.

Scholarly Interests:

My research interests include development of cultural competency within healthcare, health disparities among minority and underserved populations, health literacy and incorporation of innovative, active learning strategies in the classroom.

Professional Presentations and Publications:

Devraj R, Butler LM, Gupchup GV, Poirier TI. "Active Learning Strategies to Develop Health Literacy Knowledge and Skills." American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2010; 74 (8): Article 137

Poirier TI, Butler LM, Devraj R, Gupchup GV, Santanello C, Lynch JC. "A Cultural Competency Course for Pharmacy Students." American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2009; 73(5): 81-84

"Examples of Pharmacy Programs Targeting Uninsured Populations" Podium Presentation-National Association of Boards of Pharmacy/American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy District 4 Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. November 2009

"Active Learning Strategies to Develop Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Skills." Podium Presentation- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting Special Session, Boston, MA. July 2009

Devraj R, Butler LM, Gupchup GV, Milgrim E. Evaluation of Health Literacy Knowledge and Ability Among PharmD Students. Poster Presentation- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, July 2009

"Poll Everywhere: Utilizing Cell Phones in the Classroom" Presentation at Teaching, Learning, Technology Fair, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL, April 2009

Butler LM, Lynch JC. "The New Renin Antagonist." US Pharmacist. 2008;33(2): 38-42

Achieving Blood Pressure Goals with Multi Drug Therapy- Where do Renin Inhibitors Fit in? Pharm-Med Updates Program, San Francisco, CA, ACPE Accredited Program for Pharmacists, September 2008

Poirier TI, Butler L, Devraj R, Gupchup G, Lynch JC, Treloar K Development of Cultural Competency in Pharmacy Students. Poster Presentation- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, July 2008

New Insights: Inhibition of the Renin-Angiotensin System in Hypertension Management. Pri-Med/MW Institute Pharmacy Updates Program, Rosemont, IL, ACPE Accredited Presentation for Pharmacists, May 2007

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