Puerto Rico Delegation Joins ASHP's House of Delegates
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHPs) House of Delegates (HOD) has approved a measure that provides representation in the Societys policymaking body for ASHP members living in Puerto Rico. Two delegates representing the commonwealth were seated during the 53rd session of the HOD held June 4 and 6 during ASHPs Annual Meeting 2001 in Los Angeles.
Delegates approved changes to the HOD bylaws that increased the number of voting state delegates in the House from 161 to 163 and included Puerto Rico in the definition of "state." The Societys Board of Directors had previously accepted the application for affiliation from the College of Pharmacists of Puerto Rico (CFPR), pending approval of the bylaws changes by the House. CFPR is an umbrella organization that includes the Commission of Hospital Pharmacists, a 700-member academy focused on hospital pharmacy practice.
"We look forward to working with the members and leadership of CFPR," said ASHP Executive Vice President and CEO Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D. "Their involvement in the Societys policymaking activities and unique practice perspectives will be extremely beneficial to ASHPs efforts on behalf of health-system pharmacists."
The House of Delegates is composed of a minimum of two representatives from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Voting delegates also include members of the Board of Directors, past presidents of ASHP, the chairs of the Societys sections of clinical specialists and home care practitioners, and two student delegates. Voting delegates also represent ASHP members who serve in the armed forces, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Public Health Service.
ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.