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!
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.
From the President
Lindsay Villalobos, PharmD, BCPS
Lindsay Villalobos, PharmD, BCPS
Happy (almost) Spring, KSHP
I would venture to say that most of you find yourselves quite busy this time of year, the height of activity in the residency lifecycle. Rest
assured, KSHP has found itself quite busy as well, as it is also the height of activity within the legislative lifecycle.
Professional advocacy has long been a vital part of KSHP’s mission to serve our members and patients
in Kentucky. However, public policy is a language that most pharmacists do not feel comfortable speaking; it
involves topics that are not emphasized in school curriculum, and skills that cannot be tested with
a multiple choice exam.
KSHP leaders identified the need to strengthen our Society’s knowledge of and activity related to
professional advocacy efforts in 2017, when we added a goal to develop a legislative agenda to our strategic plan. I am extremely proud of the excellent work that is being
done in committee and at the Board level that speaks toward achieving this goal.
The Committee on Public Policy, led by chair Logan Roberts and Board liaison Scott Hayes, is dedicated to
laying a strong foundation for this work. After much thought and discussion, they have proposed a workflow for KSHP members and committees to propose public policy
statements and recommendations; this workflow has been reviewed, discussed and ultimately approved by the Board, and is included later in this newsletter for your reference.
The Committee, which now consists of 12 members from across the state and with varying practice sites and professional backgrounds, has been meeting at least monthly to monitor healthcare-related legislation so that KSHP can be prepared to take action on behalf of
our members if necessary.
Rest assured, the Board does not take its public policy responsibilities lightly, and is committed to making sure that we represent our members’ interests as best we can – and to always keeping the best interest of our patients at the heart of every decision we are asked to make. We are also committed to transparency and to improving communication regarding professional advocacy issues to our membership, as evidenced by utilizing this edition of the newsletter to highlight public policy information and recent activity.
Along with keeping up with the current legislative session and strengthening our public policy backbone, KSHP leaders have also been busy planning several upcoming events. We hope to see as many health-systems as possible represented at our Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) Workshop on March 23rd. We also hope to see many of our members and colleagues in attendance at the Kentucky Opioid Summit, which will be held in collaboration with the Kentucky Pharmacists Association
(KPhA) and our colleges of pharmacy on March 30th. Details are being finalized for our annual Spring Meeting, held in partnership with the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) on May 10th. We’ve also confirmed initial details for our annual Fall Meeting – keep reading to find our official “Save the Date”!
Despite the busyness that this season brings for most of us, I do hope that you continue reading this newsletter today – and that you also make time to become informed on the public policy issues that have a potential to impact your practice and your patients. As always, please feel free to reach out to me or any of our leaders directly should you have any questions about professional advocacy or any other past, present, or future KSHP endeavors. I hope to see you all at our upcoming events this spring!