It is a profound honor to have the opportunity to serve as the Chair of the ASHP Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (SACP) during the 2020 – 2021 volunteer year. During my time as Director-at-Large of the Section and my years of involvement with the various Section Advisory Groups (SAGs), I have had the chance to work alongside and get to know many of you as colleagues, collaborators, and friends. Knowing the exceptional group of pharmacists that we have in this Section further reinforces my confidence in our ability to rise to the challenges that we are facing in both our profession as pharmacists and our own unique corner of pharmacy practice.
Over the past few months, myself along with other members of the Executive Committee have participated in countless conference calls, meetings, and discussions regarding opportunities for practice innovation, advocacy, and ways we can better support our membership as needs evolve during the COVID-19 crisis. We have heard from many of you about how your practices have deepened engagement in areas like telehealth services and how changes to rules from CMS and other beneficiaries have impacted your ability to engage with patients in a financially sustainable manner. We have also been able to discuss the need for continual education and progress in areas of racial justice and health inequities for both our patients and our colleagues. Keep this feedback coming, as hearing directly from our members on the challenges and opportunities you are experiencing are the best way for us to represent this section effectively.
In spite of the changes to the Summer Meeting this year, the SACP Executive Committee was still hard at work meeting virtually. We discussed many of the items mentioned above, identified key focus areas for our various SAGs, and set charges and priorities for the Section as a whole. I hope that each of you will see your needs represented in ambulatory care resources developed by the Section and I look forward to additional ways that we can partner with our members. Keep an eye out for posts on ASHP Connect to stay updated on legislative advocacy opportunities and to learn more about what our various SAG’s are doing throughout the year.
I would like to take a brief moment to thank Zach Weber, Immediate Past Chair of the Section, as well as Erika Smith, our outgoing Section Director-at-Large, for their service during the last year. I am so grateful for their contributions to our profession, to this organization, and for all that I have learned from them in my previous role as Director-at-Large. I would also like to thank all of our Section Advisory Group leadership and members for their contributions over the past year - you all have provided our membership with countless resources and educational opportunities, and we appreciate all that you do!
More than ever, we need effective and engaged leaders to represent us as a profession. To that end, I want to remind our members that voting for the 2020 ASHP Elections is now open. ASHP Members who are eligible to vote for the next ASHP President, Board of Directors, and leaders of the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners should have received their ballot by email on July 6, 2020. Visit the ASHP Elections site to learn more about each candidate.
I challenge each of you to take the time to take care of YOU in the coming months by intentionally investing in your mental and emotional well-being, your relationships with others, and in the things that bring you joy. Practice self-care and encourage others around you to do the same. You may even be able to serve as a role model in this area for your colleagues, residents, and students. In spite of the many challenges that we are facing, we also have an equal amount of opportunities for personal and professional growth. Let us continue to move forward with confidence, intention, and care for ourselves and for each other.
Jessica W. Skelley, Pharm.D., BCACP
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners