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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...
If you read my blog regularly, then you know we’re very focused on getting pharmacists on the team and in the game. And together with thousands of pharmacists’ innovative and determined efforts, we’re making significant progress. Just how much progress? Well, we have the answer! At APhA2016, we...
Thank you to everyone who traveled to Baltimore for APhA2016! This year’s Annual Meeting was something really special. We had a great turnout, outstanding programming, and over-the-top advocacy!    In my role at APhA, I often get to connect with our speakers. Both of our general session speakers,...
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This morning, Donald A. Dee wrote a touching tribute to Bob Johnson and e-mailed it to Bob’s friends. I was so moved by Don’s words that I decided to post it on my blog. Thank you, Don, for sharing your memories of our great friend and colleague. Here is Don’s tribute: Robert C. Johnson August 24...
Today we got the sad news that one of the greats in American pharmacy passed away. Bob Johnson passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning. We offer our sympathies and prayers to his wife, Tina, and his family. Bob was our friend and longtime Michigan and California state pharmacy...