JEFFREY D. LITTLE, Pharm.D., M.P.H., BCPS, FACHE, FASHP (firstname.lastname@example.org), is Director of Pharmacy at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He also serves as Residency Program Director for the health-system pharmacy administration and leadership residency program. Little received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and his Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed a combined PGY1/PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Little is currently completing his term as Chair of the ASHP Council on Public Policy. He is also a current faculty member for the ASHP Managers’ Boot Camp and is Chair of the ASHP PAC and Advocacy Advisory Committee. His past ASHP involvement includes serving as Chair of the SAG on Innovation Management and member of both the SAG on Leadership Development and the Educational Steering Committee. Little is also a former Chair of the ASHP New Practitioners Forum Executive Committee, and he received the New Practitioners Forum Distinguished Service Award in 2013. He is also a past president of Kansas’s ASHP state affiliate, the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy.
In these unprecedented times, the work of the Section has never been more important. The challenges we face are vast and constantly changing. I am very thankful for the support of ASHP and the Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders to help us get through.
The Section’s vision statement, “All pharmacy leaders are empowered to advance practice and patient care,” really resonates with me. I believe there are two keys to making this vision a reality. First, I believe advocacy is vital. Our current crisis has shown the importance of advocacy efforts. Advancing practice and patient care will require legislative and regulatory advocacy at the federal and state level. Pharmacy leaders must be advocates for the profession and for our patients at the health system level. Most importantly, we must lead by example to educate and motivate all members of our profession to do the same. This leads me to another key to the Section’s success, which is education. The education provided to our members through our current pandemic has been invaluable. Additionally, the educational content provided by our Section every year helps to provide pharmacy leaders with the tools they need to advance the profession. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the education provided by the Section.
It is a tremendous honor to be considered as Chair-elect of the Section. If elected, I look forward to using my own advocacy and education experience to help the Section’s vision become reality. Thank you very much for your consideration.