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. For 53 years, 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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From the President
B.S. Pharm, BCPS
Leslie Kenney, B.S. Pharm, BCPS
Of all of the roles that the President of KSHP must cultivate, collaboration with our healthcare colleagues and legislative partners is one of the most important. And, it
can be quite challenging to maintain the vision and strategic plan of KSHP while developing relationships with stakeholders who are not our members. One way I have accomplished this is by shaping the cooperation through common goals. KSHP is about to embark on two unique opportunities that will serve our membership well and elevate our professional exposure across the state.
In 2014, KSHP, KPhA, and both colleges of pharmacy were awarded a $30,000 grant from the KY Board of Pharmacy focused on initiatives to promote drug abuse awareness. KPhA served as the guardian of that money. A small amount of grant money was used in 2015 and 2016 on “train the trainer” materials to conduct public awareness campaigns on drug abuse prevention. Since that time, presidential officers at both professional organizations and both of the deans from the colleges of pharmacy have changed. New leadership from the four grant recipients had not considered how to use this grant money. This July, the KY Board of Pharmacy asked the grant recipients to make progress on using the money. Toward that end, KPhA and KSHP Executive Boards met on August 15th to determine next steps. A planning committee is being formed to include two representatives from each of the four grant recipients. Emma Palmer and I are representing KSHP. The planning committee is tasked with developing and delivering an Opioid Summit in spring 2019. There will be many more details to follow.
The second opportunity involves collaboration between KSHP and KHA - Kentucky Hospital Association. KHA represents all 127 hospitals within Kentucky. This effort is being sought to promote and integrate the vital role of pharmacists in hospitals and health-systems into the KHA education and networking messages. For example, KHA already promotes KSHP on their webpage as an allied society. Recently, KHA included KSHP-hyperlinked information about the Fall Meeting in their daily Health e-Newsletter. Within 1 hour, I heard from a KSHP member, Vylinda Howard, who saw the promotion from KHA.
Both of these opportunities provide a forum for heightened exposure of KSHP and our mission as well as promote the vital work of our members in our Society and in their places of employment. I plan to foster both of these relationships with KPhA and KHA as I transition into the role of Immediate Part-President. To be clear, my conversations and work with both groups have been in concert with consistent communication with the KSHP Executive Board, Board and management services as warranted. I hope that each member is excited to see new ways that KSHP is providing education and networking opportunities and professional advocacy venues while staying connected to the core values that make our Society exceptional.