The Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists (KSHP) is the membership organization that works on behalf of pharmacists in Kentucky who practice in hospitals and health systems. Since 1960 we have been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. Our advocacy efforts, publications, and educational offerings are designed to advance your practice as you improve patient care. If you haven't already please JOIN us in our efforts!
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The 2019 KSHP Spring Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Kentucky Hospital Association on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Lexington Convention Center.
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From the President
Lindsay Villalobos, PharmD, BCPS
Lindsay Villalobos, PharmD, BCPS
This marks my first newsletter article as your President, and my first order of business is to take a moment to again say THANK YOU for trusting me to lead our Society this year. I am truly honored to serve you all in this role.
During her tenure as President, Leslie Kenney challenged all of us with a “call to the post” to increase our involvement in and support of KSHP. In keeping with this racetrack-based metaphor, I am hoping that this will be the year of “and they’re off”. Our leaders and members have worked hard over the past few years to ensure that we are locked and loaded in the gate; we have diligently practiced our skills as professional leaders and advocates, and we have proven our worth with continued successful meetings. We have invested in relationships with key external stakeholders and we have overcome obstacles, including fear of the unknown, as we’ve transitioned to a volunteer-led organization. We are primed to hit the ground running; and in fact, we already have.
Our Fall meeting in September was another huge success; please refer to the meeting highlights featured later in this edition of the newsletter for details. Our Spring meeting promises to be just as exciting as we will be partnering with the Kentucky Hospital Association for a day of excellent
programming and unique networking opportunities focused on the opioid crisis in Kentucky. The meeting will be held on Friday, May 10th in Lexington; details to follow.
In case you missed our original announcement in the “Bluegrass Buzz” a few weeks ago, I am absolutely thrilled to again announce that KSHP has been awarded an ASHP/ASHP Foundation Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) State Affiliate Workshop grant. As part of this grant, ASHP will provide a facilitator to help us host a PAI leadership workshop this spring; following the workshop, we will receive $2000 to support practice advancement initiatives throughout our state. Amanda Castle has been appointed to lead a PAI Task Force that will be responsible for planning workshop details, leading the implementation of PAI initiatives, and submitting grant requirements over the course of the grant period. We hope to gather a diverse group of pharmacy leaders from across the Commonwealth to participate in the PAI workshop; please keep an eye on your email inbox regarding these details, which will be communicated as soon as they have been finalized.
As we begin to settle in to the 2018-2019 organizational year, KSHP leadership is working hard to ensure our committee membership and structure is sound, and we will be working to develop and update committee-specific policies and procedures this coming year. Additionally, our Public Policy committee has been working hard to identify focused issues to include as part of our legislative agenda as we prepare for the start of the 2019 legislative session this winter.
Once again returning to our horse racing metaphor, I invite you to join us on the track however you are able to; by renewing your membership, volunteering for a committee, submitting a newsletter article, volunteering to participate in our next Reverse Expo, sponsoring a student or technician to attend one of our meetings, listening to a upreceptor development webinar, “liking” us on Facebook, presenting a poster or CE program, donating to the Martha Lou King Foundation, or anything in between. Please feel free to reach out to me directly should you have any questions about how you personally may best contribute to our Society. I am looking forward to another great year for KSHP!