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SACP Chair Message May 2020

May 2020

“One word of encouragement can be enough to spark someone’s motivation to continue with a difficult challenge.” – Roy T. Bennett

Dear Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (SACP) Members,

It’s hard to believe how much the world has changed since I last had the chance to connect with our members through this message. Our lives have been disrupted in ways that many of us might have thought weren’t possible a few short months ago. While some of us have been sequestered to our homes and completing our jobs remotely, others remain a part of the group of critical providers helping patients and communities on the front lines. 

The COVID-19 virus has affected us all, and some in more ways than others. At a minimum, it has changed the way we connect with our communities, cancelled the events we use to gather and engage with our profession, and impacted personal and professional relationships in numerous ways. Fortunately, we have new resources to help navigate these difficult times. 

The ASHP COVID-19 Resource Center is the primary place to find regularly updated tools and quick links to evidenced-based recommendations and guidance. This includes important information on the Assessment of Evidence for COVID-19-Related Treatments. Ambulatory care practitioners can specifically benefit from the Checklist for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians to Protect Themselves in Outpatient Care Settings, which is just one resource on the website focusing on Workplace Safety and Well-Being. An additional source is the ASHP CareerPharm Rapid Connect service that can be used to help alleviate temporary staffing shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even in the midst of COVID-19, it’s important to continue with critical processes that help guide organizations and pharmacy practice. ASHP’s Regional Delegate Conferences were held virtually on April 25-28. They provided an opportunity to review and discuss policy recommendations being brought before the virtual House of Delegates meetings in May and June. 

While I wish my last Chair’s message was written under different circumstances and was in preparation for an incredible Summer Meeting, I’m excited to showcase the resources this great organization has developed for our members. I’m also glad that we can continue with some version of normal, and complete the important discussions and decisions through the House of Delegates. It’s been an absolute pleasure to represent the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners for the past year and I look forward to new opportunities to remain engaged in ASHP and the Section. As one of my final Chair duties, I would like to be the first one to formally welcome our incoming Chair, Jessica Skelley, Pharm.D., BCACP! 

As I wrap up this message, I hope I can provide one word that might be a source of encouragement for you…"amazing!" That’s because we, as individuals, families, communities, organizations, professions, and society have done "amazing" things in this time of challenge. We will continue to do "amazing" things to get through this challenge and support each other along the way; and we need to continue to hear stories of the heroic things our "amazing" pharmacists and healthcare provider colleagues are doing on the front lines.

Thank you for allowing me to have an "amazing" year as your Chair, and please look for the chance to tell someone else they are "amazing." That might be all it takes to help them do one more thing to get through and conquer this difficult challenge!

All the best,

Zach Weber, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, CDE 
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners 
sections@ashp.org