BETHESDA, MD— The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) announced today that President Bill Clinton will give the keynote address at the Opening Session of the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition in Las Vegas on Monday, December 3, 2012. The meeting will be held December 2 – 6 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
The former President’s address, entitled "Embracing our Common Humanity," will describe the challenge of globalization, emphasize our growing interdependence, and point the way toward a common future based on shared goals and values.
"President Clinton brings an extremely valuable perspective to the challenges that face our members, as health care practitioners and as citizens of the world," said Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., FASHP. "We are pleased to give the registrants of the largest pharmacy meeting in the world the opportunity to hear President Clinton’s perspectives, and I am confident that they will walk away with new ideas about the important difference that hospital and health-system pharmacists can play in the lives of their patients and society at large."
After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including:
• The Clinton Global Initiative,
• The Clinton Health Access Initiative,
• The Clinton Climate Initiative,
• The Clinton Development Initiative, and
• The Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative
In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with former President George H.W. Bush three times – after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008 – to help raise money for recovery efforts and served as the U.N. Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.
Building on his longstanding commitment to Haiti as President and through his Foundation, President Clinton was named U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti in 2009 to assist the government and the people of Haiti as they "build back better" after a series of hurricanes battered the country in 2008. Following the devastating earthquake, President Clinton dedicated Clinton Foundation resources to help with immediate and long term relief and assistance, and at the request of President Obama, joined with President George W. Bush to establish the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which supports highly effective organizations on the ground in long-term rebuilding efforts. Additionally, President Clinton serves as co-chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission with Prime Minister Bellerive.
The ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition will be held December 2 – 6 in Las Vegas. Pharmacists who wish to register or learn more about the meeting should go to www.ashp.org/midyear2012
ASHP is the national professional organization whose nearly 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.safemedication.com.