The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has announced a new strategic plan to guide the organization in its planning, activities, and initiatives. The strategic plan, released this week, includes the organization’s mission, vision, strategic priorities, goals, and key objectives.
ASHP is the national professional organization whose 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. The plan, which was approved by the Board of Directors in January, was developed over several months with the input of ASHP members, staff, and board of directors.
“This new strategic plan is transparent and inclusive of the full spectrum of ASHP priorities, including our professional activites, business operations, and staff development,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., FASHP. “All of the organization's future activities stem from the principles outlined here.”
The strategic plan also introduces the Society’s new vision:
ASHP’s vision is that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time.
“ASHP’s new vision was the starting point for the strategic plan,” said ASHP President Kathryn R. Schultz, Pharm.D., M.P.H., FASHP. “From that vision we were able to identify the strategic priorities and goals that we believe will help drive improvements in public health, patient care, and advancements in pharmacy practice.”
ASHP’s three strategic priorities include:
- Our patients and their care,
- Our members and partners, and
- Our people and performance.
The plan includes 20 new goals, which support the three strategic priorities, including:
- Improve medication outcomes,
- Advocate for laws, regulations, and standards that improve patient care,
- Expand pharmacy practice in ambulatory and primary care, and
- Support state affiliates’ work to improve patient care and advance pharmacy practice.
The full strategic plan can be viewed at www.ashp.org/strategicplan.
ASHP is the national professional organization whose 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.