Farr Receives Community Award
Published on 06 May 2020
Misty Farr, Pharm.D. '10, pharmacy manager at Walmart in Florissant, Missouri, recently received a Black Tie Community Award from Made Moguls Youth Program, a nonprofit organization that works with children and teens from primarily low-income families in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Through mentorship and programming, the organization uses entrepreneurship as a platform to develop transferable life skills.
"I feel so honored to be presented with this award," Farr said. "To be nominated and recognized for the work I am doing in the community and in my pharmacy feels amazing."
From community health fairs to chairing the board for the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, Farr is heavily involved in her community. Her work includes visiting schools and community groups to inform others about all of the services that a community pharmacist provides. The intimate settings allow for robust conversations that give community members the chance to get to know their pharmacist beyond the counter.
As part of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, Farr holds the distinction of being the first African-American to be appointed chair.
"As an African-American and a woman, I understand the gravity and weight that my holding this position carries," Farr noted. "I am honored to be chair. We do a lot of good work at the chamber and with our community partners. All of our initiatives help strengthen our communities and being a part of that is a great achievement."
Farr's professional work includes her efforts to help open the Walmart pharmacy that she currently manages in Florissant where she currently resides. Before opening the pharmacy in Florissant, Farr was a pharmacy manager at a Chesterfield, Missouri location. When Farr heard that Walmart was planning to build a new store in Florissant, she lobbied for the pharmacy manager position and proposed a business plan to Walmart and proceeded to execute that plan by educating local prescribers about what the new community pharmacy would carry. She also worked alongside project planners, store management and drug distribution centers to bring the project to life, all while considering the immediate needs of the community and how best to serve its residents.
"Community has always been very important to me," Farr said. "Opening a pharmacy in the community where I live allows me to get to know my patients on a more personal level. As a community pharmacist, I am the health care provider who people see the most. I even have had patients stop me in the mall to ask me questions about their medications, and I am always happy to do so."
Farr always knew she wanted to go into a profession that allowed her to have a real impact on people. When she discovered pharmacy in high school, she knew she had found the perfect path to fulfill that dream.
"I absolutely love what I do," Farr said. "Whether I am in a community, hospital or even corporate setting, I always want to have an impact on patient’s lives."
Farr will formally receive the award at the Made Moguls annual Black Tie Charity Dinner, which has been postponed due to COVID-19.