Black History Month and Advance Community Health – Dr. Portia Johnson, Director of Pharmacy


By: Kelly Wright, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications

Dr. Portia Johnson is our Director of Pharmacy here at Advance Community Health and she is our profile of the week for Black History Month.

Dr. Johnson grew up in southeast Raleigh and says, “I always knew I wanted to serve the underserved and minority populations in my community.” She has been with us for almost a year and has transformed our Pharmacy program. Initiating programs that have resulted in not only positive revenue for our non-profit organization, but have fostered employee engagement.

While she was an undergrad at NC State she was discouraged from applying for Pharmacy school because she was told her GPA wasn’t competitive enough. She did NOT listen to that advice and applied to UNC-Chapel Hill. She earned her Pharm.D from UNC and later obtained a Master’s in Health Administration. She says, “It’s important to be in health care because growing up I didn’t get much exposure to minority health care workers.”

Dr. Johnson loves to run, having recently completed a half marathon last October, and has a marathon coming up in March. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She married her college sweetheart, Steve, and they have three children together. They are Emil (14), Emari (8 going on 9) and Eliana (7). She leads by example when it comes to her kids and tells them, “Nothing is off limits.”

We at Advance Community Health celebrate Dr. Johnson’s life and accomplishments and hope they inspire you during Black History Month and beyond.