It is a great honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to serve as the Chair of the ASHP Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners (SACP). It is inspiring to witness the compassion for patient care, innovation of pharmacy practice models, and collaboration amongst pharmacists and health professionals displayed by our members - especially during the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
I would first like to start by thanking Jessica Skelley, Immediate Past Chair of the Section, for her leadership and service during the last year. She is an ambassador and role model for students, residents, and ambulatory care pharmacists. I look forward to continuing to work with her and the rest of our SACP Executive Committee. Thank you as well to all our Section Advisory Group (SAG) members and leaders for their contributions over the past year. Your knowledge and dedication to create resources that have been disseminated on a variety of platforms such as resource centers, webinars, message boards, and podcasts is appreciated so much! I encourage members to register for the upcoming Ambulatory Care Pearls 2021 CE webinar on August 4, 2021 to gain insight from a great panel of pharmacists from across the country.
The ability of pharmacists to adapt to the changing care models and maintain the highest level of patient care is remarkable. Whether through phone calls, telehealth appointments, or counseling patients in-person with masks and face shields, ambulatory care pharmacists find ways to connect with patients. Our profession focused even more on supporting each other as burnout and resiliency took on new meanings. The support from SAG group calls, ASHP Connect message boards, webinars, and social media was proof that Ambulatory Care is the BEST Care.
How do we take the lessons learned and barriers overcome and turn them into sustainable improvements in healthcare? Opportunities to improve vaccine confidence, expand transition of care models, and implement new services are examples of how members can continue to have an impact and maintain momentum. The Community Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care Conference on August 17-18, 2021 will cover many of these topics. This virtual event will focus on community and ambulatory care pharmacy due to the exponential growth of these two practice areas. Advocating for our patients and our profession with the help of these ASHP resources is a great way to get involved and collaborate.
Please remember that voting for the 2021 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 1, 2021. Visit the ASHP Elections site to learn more about each candidate.
My charge to our member is to get involved! Collaborate and innovate together. Help our patients get the best possible care!
Daniel B. Truelove, Pharm.D. BCPS, BCACP, AAHIVP
Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners