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Chair Message March 2019

March 2019

We have officially “sprung forward” and flu season is hopefully coming to an end! As we turn the page on another weather season, our Section is not slowing down at all. We have been busy working on multiple things including strategic planning, development of resource centers and guidelines, webinars, Twitter chats, and meeting planning, to name a few.

If you are interested in helping continue this great work, there are multiple ways to get involved in the section and ASHP. Currently, applications are being accepted for roles in Section Advisory Groups, committees, Facilitators (formerly Network Facilitators). These leadership opportunities are a great way to start your involvement within the Section or to continue developing as a leader in ASHP. Follow the link to submit your interest prior to the deadline of April 1st. All appointed members will be notified this summer and will serve a one-year term with the option to resubmit the following year, if interested. Get Involved with Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists.

Do you know a SCSS member who has gone above and beyond for the Section?  Now is the time to recognize them!  The ASHP distinguished service award recognizes a member from each Section whose volunteer activities have supported the mission of their group and helped advance the profession. Nominate someone, but hurry, the nomination period closes on April 1st.

Follow us on Twitter!  The Emergency Care, Emerging Sciences and Pediatrics Advisory Groups all are Twitter.  Follow them to keep up-to-date on clinical information, featured members and Twitter Chats.  Their Twitter Handles are: @ASHP_EmergSci, @ASHP_EMPharm and @ASHP_Pediatrics.

Additionally, the ASHP Summer Meetings in Boston is just around the corner, June 8th-12th. Delegates from each state and section are gearing up for discussions related to all potential ASHP policies at the upcoming regional delegate conferences (RDC).  As YOUR Chair, I represent you on floor of the House of Delegates and encourage you to review the discussions for new ASHP polies from each RDC will be on ASHP House of Delegates Connect Site and provide feedback to myself or post on the site to ensure all voices are heard to propose strong policies for our profession. That feedback will be used during the House of Delegates meetings at the Summer Meeting.

Also, join us at the Summer Meetings for networking and great educational sessions in four meeting tracks: Ambulatory Care Conference, Influencers and Innovators, Medication Safety Collaborative, and Specialty Pharmacy. I hope to see many of you in Boston!

I also wanted to highlight some upcoming webinars that you all may find interesting.

Later this week: Have you wanted to social media more for building your clinical brand and learning what content matter experts are share through social media?  If so, I encourage you to sign up for this Thursday’s webinar presented by the New Practitioners Form: Building a Social Media Persona

On Wednesday, April 3rd there will be a webinar discussing the unique roles of a pharmacist in the public health crisis of suicide prevention. Topics will focus on recognizing and identifying suicide risk factors as well as evaluating a patient’s level of suicide risk. Suicide Prevention: From a Pharmacist's Perspective            

As we move forward with another Season, I encourage you to reach out with ideas on how we can better serve you and your patients.

Have a great, safe day!

Audrey Kennedy, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPPS
Chair, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists
sections@ashp.org