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President's Letter - June 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020  
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Dear Members -  

The world and healthcare are rapidly changing and PSHP wants to ensure that our pharmacists are well-positioned to continue to help optimize the care of our patients.  

From national policy development through the ASHP House of Delegates to collaborating with other state pharmacy organizations on legislation, PSHP is focused on the future of pharmacy. Our advancement requires building and sustaining strong relationships.

Over the past several months, we have come together for patients in extraordinary ways.   The leadership displayed on our Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist calls is confirmation that we are surrounded by talented leaders and colleagues with operational and clinical skills, which have led to innovative approaches to managing the COVID emergency.  Our Pennsylvania pharmacists have been supporting our patients and fellow healthcare workers, and we have also been providing guidance and assistance to public officials and government employees.  The manner in which we have come together and helped each other demonstrates that when our resources and ideas are combined, we have the greatest impact for our patients and the communities we serve.  

To sustain and grow our new connections in various levels of government, PSHP continues to engage and invite these leaders to share more with our larger membership.  The Emergency Management Summit will be conducted virtually on September 11th, and we are excited to have representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy give us a greater understanding of their scope and processes with a focus on the interplay between the various government entities.  Though it’s disappointing we cannot enjoy the face-to-face interactions that would come from a live meeting, we believe this collaboration will allow these organizations to also learn more about the valuable role of health-system pharmacists and the scope of our impact on patient care.  Our hope is that this partnership lays the groundwork for the advancement of the pharmacists’ role in ambulatory care and scope of practice.

Collaboration amongst the different practice settings within Pharmacy is integral. This month, PSHP, PPA, and PACDA leadership initiated quarterly meetings to connect over ongoing and new legislative activities, including pharmacy technician registration, collaborative practice agreements, and retail pharmacy reimbursements.  All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are united in their desire to ensure patients’ access to medication and pharmacy services.  A mentor of mine often says, “Many voices with a common message” is key to moving the pharmacy profession forward.

Among the relationships that PSHP has been nurturing, our relationship with and pride in the State Board of Pharmacy has never been greater.  PSHP is in our fourth year of consistently attending Board of Pharmacy meetings and creating and maintaining good relationships to enhance bi-directional communication.  Our advocacy has focused on pharmacist licensure, facilities’ remodeling, compounding regulations and waivers.   Hospital pharmacists have been embraced by all of the members and executive leaders of the Board and have been welcomed at regulation writing sessions.  It is with both excitement and sadness that I am ending my term as PSHP President early to assume a role on the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy, as I continue to advocate for our role in patient care.

In handing over the reins to Dr. Brad Cooper, we are supported in a seamless transition by the tireless work of our Executive Director, Larry Jones, and the continued effort by Immediate Past President, Larry Carey, and our amazing Board of Directors.

My goal in putting time and effort into PSHP has always been to help our profession, but through PSHP, I have grown more personally and professionally than I ever imagined.  I am forever grateful for this opportunity.  Though I am leaving my term early, my dedication to PSHP has not changed and will continue through work on our amazing committees.  We welcome all member involvement in PSHP.  As I discovered, what you receive in return for your time volunteering is well worth the effort and the potential advancements for all of pharmacy.  Please consider joining a committee or getting involved in your local chapter, by going to the PSHP webpage,  https://www.pshp.org/page/volunteer, and completing the form.  Here are some exciting teams to become a part of: Medication Safety, Legislative and Advocacy, Pharmacy Technicians, Public Relations, Programming, Membership, Finance, New Practitioners’ Network, Awards and Nominations, Ambulatory Care and Pharmacy Benefit Manager Advisory Group.

Sincerely, 

Christine Roussel, PharmD, BCOP 
PSHP President 


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