Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Address of the 2017-2018 President to the Opening General Session at the 2018 Annual Meeting

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Address of the 2017-2018 President to the Opening General Session at the 2018 Annual Meeting

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It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as AACP President during the past year. My experience has surpassed my expectations. Many individuals have commented about the passion I demonstrate for what I do and for my students. I am a firm believer that passion is important both in our personal and professional lives, and we must find outside sources, such as music, nature, and literature, to fuel our passion. Although passion has many different definitions and synonyms, the one that resonates most with me is a strong and barely controllable emotion. I hope my passion as an educator has come through in my communications to the membership throughout my tenure as president. I guess it has to do with being a Boilermaker all my life as we tend to get fired up when pursuing our passion.

I have had the opportunity to work with an outstanding Board of Directors (BOD) and a very talented AACP staff. I have learned so much more about what makes this organization tick and all of the work that goes on behind the scenes. My professional circle has expanded greatly with the many educators and practitioners I met during my tenure. One of the highlights has been my participation as one of your representatives to the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) where the pharmacy profession is banding together to establish the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process (PPCP) as the model for providing pharmacy services to patients, promote provider status for pharmacists, and work to establish a nationwide standard for technician education and training.

I am very happy to report that the Association continues to make great progress in implementing the 2016 strategic plan, first drafted under Past President Joe DiPiro's chairmanship. Initiatives expanded dramatically, like Pharmacy Is Right-4-Me, during the past two years as we work to enrich the applicant pipeline. Others will continue to be implemented and enhanced. While the number of applicants continues to be a challenge at many of our institutions, it is important to keep in mind that the process of solidifying the pipeline is a marathon, not a sprint, and this priority continues to be the highest priority of the Association.

I am happy to report that there has been significant progress during the past year regarding strategic priority #2: Creating a New Portrait of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Careers. This priority is key to changing the public image of pharmacy, expanding understanding of our diverse and impactful role, and in making further progress to attract young, talented students into the profession of pharmacy. Our JCPP partners and others are very excited about the initiatives AACP has taken to lead this effort.

Last summer we engaged our network of Brand Ambassadors in the #HealthyStartsHere campaign, which increased our social media following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Last fall we launched the new AACP website, which is intuitive and user-friendly. And in January we began planning the national pharmacy awareness campaign, which is launching now.

During this past year I have witnessed the roll out of numerous member services that have greatly enhanced both the internal functioning of AACP and the external face of the organization. These initiatives are aligned with strategic priority #5: Member Services, and strategic priority #8: Infrastructure, Technology, and Knowledge Management. Notable accomplishments include the launch of AACP Connect as one of our members' primary means of communication and information sharing in our councils, sections, SIGs, and communities. On top of that and the website reboot, AACP switched to a new association management software system, which houses our member data and services like meeting registration.

I would be remiss if I did not mention member engagement during the past year. We currently stand at 4,532 members with a record number of members participating in our councils, sections, SIGs, and committees and there have been an amazing portfolio of webinars. …

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