“The greatest and most inspiring mountain climbing achievements in history are not so much stories of individual achievement, but are stories of the extraordinary power of a unified, talented, prepared team that stays loyally committed to one another and to their shared vision to the end.”
-Author Stephen Covey
Dear Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners Colleagues:
Greetings from the beautiful mountains of North Carolina! I am delighted to serve as the Chair of the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners for 2018-2019! I am the Regional Associate Dean for UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and hang my hat on our Asheville Campus which is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. When I am not in the classroom, you can find me at Mountain Area Health Education Center where I practice as a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner. During my free time, I love to explore the mountains with friends and family and take in the changing vistas that shift from the bright greens of spring and summer to the vibrant reds of autumn and later to the peaceful snows of winter. I find that spending quiet time on a mountaintop restores my resilience and creates clarity of thought that allows me to be a more compassionate clinician, teacher, wife, and mother.
Many of you may associate my hometown with the Asheville Project® that demonstrated that patients with chronic illnesses have improved outcomes when pharmacists are part of the health care team. This initiative is still going strong in our community and served as a strong foundation for innovations in ambulatory care in Asheville and beyond. As ambulatory care pharmacists we are called to improve the health of our patients as a valued member of the interprofessional team. One of the reasons that I am so excited about the work of the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (SACP) is because of the emphasis placed on caring for the patient. I would like to extend sincere appreciation and thanks to SACP leaders Kristy Butler, Laura Traynor, Betsy Shilliday, Jessica Skelley, and Erika Smith who have characterized what a unified, talented, and prepared team can do together. Ladies - your loyal commitment to ASHP, your colleagues, and your patients is unparalleled. I am excited to welcome our new Executive Committee members later this year, and encourage everyone to vote for the incoming Chair-Elect and Director-at-Large elect in the ASHP elections.
The ASHP Summer Meetings and Exhibition in the Mile-High City of Denver in June was a huge success! More than 200 practitioners participated in the 2018 Ambulatory Care Conference. Attendees participated in workshops focused on advancing practice, fine-tuning physical assessment techniques, and improving opioid safety. Twelve practitioners from across the country presented ambulatory care pearls that could be incorporated into practice immediately upon return home. Keynote speaker Former Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy spoke passionately about the importance of well-being and resilience and other contemporary issues that impact the delivery of healthcare. If you have never attended the Summer Meeting, mark your calendars for June 8-12, 2019 in Boston!
ASHP has been my professional home throughout my career in pharmacy. A colleague that I deeply admire introduced me to the SACP, and she encouraged me to join one of the Section Advisory Groups . Later I became a member of the SAG on Clinical Practice Advancement, and was hooked from the start! Exciting work lies ahead for us as our Section seeks to expand ambulatory care practice models, advocate for provider status, develop sustainable business models, address the opioid crisis, and support the advancing role of technicians. I hope that you will find your home in ASHP as well. Together we can conquer mountains! Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with ideas that you have for SACP.