Academy of Health-System Pharmacists

About the Academy of Health-System Pharmacists

The Academy of Health-System Pharmacists (AHP) was formed to ensure that the current and future interests of health-system pharmacists are being promoted, represented, and recognized at the state level as well as within the parent organization, the Colorado Pharmacists Society (CPS). Our academy is a state affiliate of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), so we have the benefit of ASHP national support in addition to CPS local support.

You may be asking yourself, “What does ‘health-system pharmacy’ mean?” In 1995, ASHP expanded their focus beyond hospital pharmacy to include ambulatory and home care providers as they recognized the changing landscape of pharmacy services. Since then, ASHP has continued to grow to a 35,000 member organization that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other aspects of health care systems. ASHP now has member sections for:

  • Ambulatory Care Practitioners
  • Clinical Specialists and Scientists
  • Inpatient Care Practitioners
  • Pharmacy Informatics and Technology
  • Pharmacy Practice Managers

Similar to ASHP, our academy serves the interests of all health-system pharmacists in Colorado. We provide great opportunities to get involved with Pharmacy at a local and/or national level, depending on where your interests lie. Our academy is also very open to new ideas for how we can better serve our members. Some of the benefits of joining our academy include:

  • Professional development through CE programs and informal education opportunities
  • Local networking to meet people and share best practices
  • ASHP policy input in the House of Delegates (3 delegates for Colorado)
  • Social events

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2017-2018 Focus Tract Details

The mission of AHP is to be the professional community of health-system CPS members that fosters networking, resource development, and education in pursuit of CPS’s Strategic Priorities and Goals.  Our Academy volunteers and leaders will be asked to address the following critical areas through the continued development of resources to support all of our efforts in meeting the demands of today’s health care environment.  These Critical Areas and Objectives for these focus groups in 2017 include:

  • Critical Area: Legislative Advocacy via CPS Delegates to ASHP / Colorado Pharmacy Coalition (CPC) / Colorado Pharmacist Society – Legislative (CPS-L) Committee
    • Attend critical legislative and policy forums (i.e. ASHP Summer Meeting, ASHP Regional Delegate Conference, CPC, CPS-L)
    • Review the legislative needs of AHP; engage in legislative activity accordingly.
    • Develop resources (surveys, educational content, tools) for advancing legislative activity.
    • Provide input and vote on CPS position during CPS-L sessions.
  • Critical Areas: Ambulatory, Population and Public Health
    • Advise and affect positive change on pharmacy services in ambulatory settings (i.e. Board of Pharmacy Rules, State Wide Protocols).
    • Provide networking opportunities to foster evolving best practices in new ambulatory and public health environments (i.e. site visits).
    • Develop resources (educational content, tools) that foster pharmacy departments which support the patient centered medical home.
    • Serve as a resource for CPS-L advocacy efforts as it relates to Ambulatory, Population and Public Health practice advancement.
  • Critical Areas: Academic, Specialty Clinical
    • Advise and affect positive change on clinical pharmacy services (e.g. member spotlights, best practice collaborations).
    • Provide networking opportunities to foster evolving best practices in new ambulatory and public health environments (i.e. site visits).
    • Develop resources (educational content, tools) that foster development of clinical acumen (i.e. journal clubs).
    • Serve as a resource for CPS-L advocacy efforts as it relates to Academic, Specialty Clinical practice advancement.

2017 ASHP Delegates