Vivian Bradley Johnson, PharmD, has a long track record of health care outreach to communities of color in Dallas.
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) nominated Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna Vivian Bradley Johnson, PharmD, for membership on the White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.
In a January 28 letter to President Joe Biden, ASHP CEO Paul Abramotiwz, Pharm.D., asked that Bradley Johnson, a senior vice president of clinical services for Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, be appointed to the Task Force, which among other things examines the inordinate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on communities of color.
In her role at Parkland, one of the largest public hospital systems in the U.S., Bradley Johnson oversees a $300 million budget and 1,500 employees engaged in the fight against COVID-19 across Pharmacy, Radiology, Respiratory, Clinical Dietary, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Laboratory Services. The 1982 FAMU Bachelor of Science in pharmacy graduate is also considered a leader in engaging communities of color around COVID-19 vaccination and testing.
Under Johnson’s leadership, many clinical pharmacy programs have been developed and are now recognized as best practices at the local, state, and national level, wrote Abramowitz, whose organization’s 58,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians.
Bradley Johnson, mother of current Miss FAMU Erika Johnson, serves as a member of the Parkland Hospital COVID-19 Response Command Center Team. She also provides oversight of the COVID-19 vaccine procurement and distribution to Parkland Health and Hospital System employees and the Dallas County Hospital District patients and communities.
She partnered with the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Mavericks, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and local churches to educate on how to access vaccinations and support the small business community’s response to COVID-19. Additionally, at the request of U.S. Rep. Collin Allred and U.S Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, she also participated as a panelist in town hall discussions to educate their constituents about COVID-19 and opportunities for vaccination.
“Dr. Vivian Bradley Johnson has personally served as an ambassador to her community and Parkland’s patients during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Abramowitz told President Biden. “She has been actively engaged in outreach to the Dallas community focused on expanding community members’ understanding of COVID-19 vaccination with a focus on improving the acceptance of the vaccine in Black and Brown communities.”