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Join Dr. Rosalyn C. King on an inspiring journey chronicling her five decade career in pharmacy and public health. As a distinguished pharmacist, author, professor, consultant, and global health advisor, Dr. King's life story is a testament to the transformative power of determination, passion, and service.

This book highlights the possibilities that arise when one person's dedication transcends borders. Dr. King's global journey took her to countries like Romania and Nigeria, where she played a vital role in healthcare services and pivotal projects funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

This narrative offers a unique perspective on the evolving role of pharmacists from being seen as "pill dispensers" to becoming integral contributors to overall community health and wellness.

Meette Author

Meet the Author,  
Dr. Rosalyn C. King




Global Health Advocate,


Dr. Rosalyn C. King is a name synonymous with excellence in pharmacy, visionary leadership, and global health advocacy. Her remarkable journey through the realms of healthcare, both nationally and internationally, has not only reshaped the way we perceive the pharmacy profession but also inspired meaningful change in the field of public health.

Dr. King's contributions to healthcare extended far beyond the borders of the United States, enhancing healthcare systems while emphasizing the pivotal role pharmacists have in improving patient outcomes. Her insights continue to shape discussions and policies in healthcare, inspiring future generations of healthcare professionals.

Her book “From Watts to the World: A Chronicle of Service,” serves as a wellspring of inspiration for both aspiring pharmacists and seasoned professionals, urging them to embrace change, challenge the status quo, and make a lasting impact on healthcare.


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Education & Initiatives



Doctor of Pharmacy,

University of Southern California,

Los Angeles, CA


Master's in Public Health

University of Southern California,

Los Angeles, CA


Bachelor of Science,

Pharmacy, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Global Projects & Initiatives

AWAP (Anglophone West Africa Pharmacists HIV/AIDS) Project

Dr. King collaborated with the West Africa Pharmaceutical Federation (WAPF) to tackle the HIV/AIDS crisis in anglophone West African countries. This project aimed to reduce HIV/AIDS-related mortality and enhance healthcare services in the region.

GHAIN (Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria) Project

This project involved a partnership with Family Health International (FHI) and coordinated with the government of Nigeria to implement the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) activities. Led by Dr. King, this project received nearly $5 million in funding from 2004 to 2009 and trained 286 pharmacists to enhance services in community-level facilities for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

TrainPharm Project

This project focused on training community pharmacists to be agents of care rather than merely drug distributors. Dr. King's involvement helped transform pharmacists into essential healthcare providers in their communities.

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science International Health Institute Projects

Dr. King contributed to various projects in different countries, including Swaziland and Cameroon. These projects were designed to enhance maternal and child health and reduce mortality rates, particularly focusing on improving the well-being of women and children in these regions.

Project Santé De L’Enfant du Sud et Adamaoua (SESA) in Cameroon

Dr. King wrote the policy and structure to strengthen pro-pharmacies. Her involvement in this project was aimed at reducing infant, child, and maternal mortality rates in Cameroon, focusing on essential healthcare services for vulnerable populations.

Howard University College of Pharmacy Pharmacists and Continuing Education (PACE) Center

As the founding director, Dr. King led this unique program, which expanded the practice skills of pharmacists in developing communities abroad. During her 15 year tenure, she developed structured programs and trained over 2500 people across 44 countries.

Awards & Honors


Seton Hill University, 

Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award


National Pharmaceutical Association, Chauncey I. Cooper Award


Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria award


Montgomery County Maryland County Executive, African American Living Legend Award


Howard University, Health Sciences Luminary Award


Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Romania), Doctor Honoris Causa


National Pharmaceutical Association, Remington Honor Medal nomination


CMS Health Initiatives, Share Your Spirit Award


Black Caucus of Health Workers, Hildrus A. Poindexter Distinguished Service Award


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The contributions of Black health professionals are often overlooked by researchers and authors. With this book, Dr. King aims to rectify that by providing a comprehensive perspective on what she was able to achieve as a Black pharmacist in the realm of global health.


We invite you to collaborate and help bring "From Watts to the World: A Chronicle of Service" to more readers and young professionals. If you are interested in distributing copies of the book or collaborating in any other way, please complete the contact form below. We are excited to work with libraries and organizations that share a commitment to fostering a culture of service and excellence in healthcare.

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