Dacia Bryant

Founder - Chief Health Officer

  • Pharmacist

  • Certified Diabetes Educator

Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators

"2019 Innovator Of The Year" Recipient

MY STORY

I take the fight against diabetes personally. My grandfather was the first person in my family I knew that had diabetes. I watched him over the years as he tried to manage his diabetes without complaint.  His passing was the motivator for me to become a diabetes educator.  

I also started to recognize that members of my extended family were being diagnosed with diabetes; aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends as well.

My mother was recently admitted into the hospital for possible hypoglycemia due to hyperinsulinemia. After relaying her family history of diabetes and high blood pressure to the medical team, well beyond what most hospital patients convey, she should have been flagged as being in the risk group for diabetes given her age and ethnicity.

She wast not, and that did not stop the hospital from serving her the most diabetes unfriendly meal ever; french toast, syrup, jelly, yogurt and an apple.

African Americans and Hispanics are experiencing an epidemic. The healthcare industry has to do better. I have to do better.

 

I created HICO Health to equip people living with type 2 diabetes with the tools and information to live a healthier life.

MY CREDENTIALS

Chief Health Officer - Hico Health, Inc. - 2016 to Present

  • As founder of this healthcare company, I am responsible for medical policies and practices that assist our patients in making better health choices that will lead to better medical outcomes. 

Pharmacist  -  NYC Health + Hospital  - 2016 to Present

  • As the Hospital Center outpatient Pharmacy supervisor managing a staff of eighteen, I service patients seen in our ambulatory and primary care clinics.  Our clinics provide care for the underserved and uninsured populations in Brooklyn.

Certified Diabetes Educator - inVentiv Health/GlaxoSmithKline, 2015

  • I employed marketing strategies to deliver clinical information to physicians, nurse practitioners and other members of the medical staff on the appropriate use of injectable medication in patients with diabetes. I provided one on one and group diabetes education to patients in provider offices utilizing disease management guidelines.

Pharmacist Supervisor & Staff Pharmacist - Walmart Inc., NJ 2006 -  2015

  • I formulated staffing schedules and prioritized workflow of pharmacy staff. I problem-solved and coached technicians on accuracy and efficiency during prescription filling process. I also utilized Medication Therapy Management to provide patient-centered care. In this role, I recommended and administered vaccines, as well as performed blood pressure tests and educated on a heart healthy lifestyle.

Pharmacist - Rite Aid, NY  2002 - 2006

  • I was responsible for resolving prescription and OTC inventory demands. I assured that inventory control methods were adhered to in order to avoid out of stock items. I screened for drug interactions and therapeutic duplications within patient profiles.

Quality Reviewer - Pfizer, NY 2003 - 2004

  • I was tasked with performing quality control and quality assurance review of MedWatch reports to FDA. I assessed adverse event reports for completeness and accuracy in the corporate databases. I assured compliance with internal SOPs and conducted reconciliation of discrepancies using PSURs and global database searches for safety reporting/data analysis.

Supervising Pharmacist - Stop & Shop Supermarket Companies 1997 - 2001

  • I directed screening activities for patients at risk of diabetes and its complications. I managed the daily operations of the pharmacy, including scheduling, inventory and the resolution of customer complaints. I advised patients in the appropriate vitamin and mineral supplementation along with nutritional choices from the supermarket selection.

EDUCATION

  • M.S. Healthcare Policy and Management Stonybrook University May 2002

  • Advanced Certificate in Community Health Education May 2002

  • B.S. Pharmacy St. John’s University May 1996

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Medication Therapy Management Certificate (MTM) 

  • Certified Diabetes Educator 

  • American Pharmacist Association Certified Immunizer 

  • American Pharmacist Association - Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services - focusing on knowledge and skills associated with improving medication use in patients with complex medication regimens.

AFFILIATIONS

  • Garden State Association of Diabetes Educators (GSADE) Education Chairperson

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Member

  • Queens Hospital Diabetes Center Volunteer 

  • MRC Volunteer  

  • NYCares Volunteer