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ASHP Honors Black History Month

John E. ClarkIn recognition of Black History Month, ASHP is pleased to share new resources and the latest episode of ASHPOfficial, which features John E. Clark, Pharm.D., the most recent recipient of the ASHP–Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists Joint Leadership Award. This episode focuses on the background of pharmacy schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the education of African-American pharmacists. Our new resource page includes a selection of ASHP policies and readings on cultural competence for the pharmacy workforce and health disparities.

ASHP Position 1613 - Cultural Competency
Source: Council on Education and Workforce Development
To foster the ongoing development of cultural competency within the pharmacy workforce; further,
To educate healthcare providers on the importance of providing culturally congruent care to achieve quality care and patient engagement

ASHP Position 1705 - Workforce Diversity
Source: Council on Education and Workforce Development
To affirm that a diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to health equity and health outcomes; further,
To advocate for the development of a workforce whose background, perspectives, and experiences reflect the diverse patients for whom pharmacists provide care

ASHP Statement on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare
General principles:

  1. All patients have the right to high-quality care
  2. Medication-use practices should reflect knowledge of, sensitivity to, and respect for the race and culture of the patient, and
  3. Health-System pharmacists have a vital role in eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care

Outside Resources

eCornell Online - Diversity and Inclusion Certificate

  1. Four Different Courses: Improving Engagement, Counteracting Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Inclusion at Work, Fostering an Inclusive Climate
  2. Each are 2 week courses (3-5 hours/week)

National Center for Cultural Competence

  1. Cultural and Linguistic Competence Health Practitioner Assessment (CLCHPA)
  2. Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence
    • Series of web-based learning