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I refer to the people who work at APhA as the “APhA family.” Although we work together as a team to advance the practice of pharmacy, we also support each other on a daily basis, which in turn, supports you, our members. APhA participated in the national 2016 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work...
Did you know that a pharmacist started Memorial Day? Pharmacist Henry C. Welles had an idea to place flowers on the graves of those who fought in the Civil War in the summer of 1865, according to Tech Times. General John B. Murray helped the pharmacist organize the memorial, which took place the...
This spring, thousands of new PharmD practitioners are walking across the stage, collecting their diplomas, and taking a flying leap into practice. Over the last few years, I’ve been struck by how disruptive these moments are for new grads with moves, new jobs, debt, often new families, and...
Pharmacists in Canada—the largest country by size in North America and the second largest country in the world—face many of the same health care challenges that we do. Every year, APhA meets with the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) to discuss topics of mutual interest. It was APhA’s turn...
When you read this, you will either know we appreciate your volunteer service OR consider the possibility of volunteering yourself, perhaps for the first time. Last month, APhA held one of our most important meetings—the 2016 Academies Leadership Meeting. This marked the annual “beginning” of our...
Pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers, and for many people, especially those in underserved communities, pharmacists may be their best resource for care. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health designated April as National Minority Health...
A few weeks ago, participants from a wide array of professions came together in Atlanta to address the prescription drug abuse and heroin crisis in this country. Attendees at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta were a robust and diverse group, including health care providers...
Not long ago, former APhA President Steve Simenson and I were invited to share our perspectives on U.S. advocacy in an article for the International Pharmacy Journal, the official journal of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). We jumped at the chance to write the article because not...
During the 2016 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Baltimore, I hit a lot of receptions, including the one hosted by West Virginia University, my alma mater. Their enthusiasm is infectious and always a motivator for me.  Each year, I help some of the student pharmacists there attend our...
If you’ve ever heard me speak, then you know I am very passionate about the need for pharmacists to show up, get in the game, and be on the health care team. Yesterday I had the opportunity to practice what I preach. I had a seat at the table as a participant in a think-tank session with a...