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SCSS Chair Message July 2020

Aaron Steffenhagen, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP

July 2020

Greetings everyone,

A lot has happened since my last Chair’s Message.  I want to start by recognizing and thanking all of you for your hard work, whether on the front lines or working remotely impacting patient care in this evolving COVID-19 pandemic.  With that in mind, ASHP remains dedicated to meeting your needs.

Not to be remiss, self-care is incredibly important during stressful times like these.  ASHP Well-Being & You site has tips on self-care for your personal use or for sharing with others. Additionally, consider downloading the Headspace app which allows you to choose from hundreds of guided exercises for any mood and squeeze in bite-sized meditations during busy days. Studies show that meditation helps reduce stress and burnout in health professionals, while boosting happiness, compassion, resilience, and overall life satisfaction. As a part of ASHP, you have access to a free subscription as a membership benefit.

While COVID-19 is at the top of most of our action lists, we don’t want to lose sight of other priorities and opportunities for growth. Did you know that ASHP has updated the Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI)? The PAI 2030 recommendations contain visionary guidance for transforming how pharmacists interact with and care for patients. These 59 PAI 2030 recommendations are nested in five domains: Patient-Centered Care, Pharmacist Role, Education, and Training, Technology and Data Science, Pharmacy Technician Role, Education, and Training, and Leadership in Medication Use and Safety. These recommendations seek to embrace tomorrow’s opportunities, which are not constrained by today’s barriers to change.  I encourage you all to explore the PAI 2030 Resource Center and envision where you may implement PAI in your practice.

Additionally, the time to look ahead to the future of our organization is currently upon us. I encourage you to make your voice heard by voting in the ASHP 2020 Elections to determine our next President and Board of Directors, as well as section leadership. The deadline to submit your online ballot is Tuesday, August 4.

As this is my final Chair’s message, I wanted to acknowledge the dedicated individuals that have served on the SCSS Executive Committee this past year. Many thanks to our outgoing members Audrey Kennedy, Katelyn Dervay, Karen Berger, and Julie Groppi.  With leadership transitioning to Chair-Elect Joel Marrs, I will have the pleasure of collaborating alongside him, the continuing members Jodi Taylor, Vicki Basalyga, and those newly elected.

In closing, thank you for all that you have done and are continuing to do to care for our patients, and stay safe.

Best regards,

Aaron Steffenhagen, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP 
Chair, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists 
sections@ashp.org