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:

  • Digital and Telehealth Practitioner
  • Ambulatory Care Practitioner
  • Clinical Specialist and Scientist
  • Community Pharmacy Practitioner
  • Inpatient Care Practitioner
  • New Practitioner
  • Pharmacy Educator
  • Pharmacy Informaticist
  • Pharmacy Practice Leadership
  • Pharmacy Students
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners
  • Pharmacy Practice Managers
  • Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners
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
  • Engage in legislative efforts impacting health-system practices


2023-2024 Charges:

  1. Raise awareness for the Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) 2030 in the state of Colorado
  2. Support communication through maintenance of the AHP page on the CPS website
  3. Continued awareness related to DEI opportunities in pharmacy
  4. Advocate for continual support for the Residency Conference of the Rockies
  5. Partner with other CPS Academies, Students, Technicians and Pharmacists to engage in community service events, networking and educational offerings

  


AHP Committees 

Program & Education Committee: The Program & Education Committee shall be responsible for developing, scheduling and implementing continuing education programs and social/networking programs for the Academy’s membership. The Committee may also undertake the development of additional continuing education resources for the membership.  This committee will create opportunities for AHP to network with other academies.   

Legislative Committee:  The Legislative Committee shall be responsible for monitoring and reporting on all proposed and introduced legislation at the federal and state level which affects the practice of health-system pharmacy. The committee may also assist in lobbying efforts on behalf of the Academy at the State legislative level.  

Public & Professional Relationships Committee: The Public & Professional Relations Committee shall be responsible for developing and implementing intra- and inter- professional activities respectively directed at health-system pharmacists and other health professionals. The committee shall also be responsible for developing and implementing public relations activities directed at the general public. This committee will work to increase representation from rural or understated areas of the state of Colorado.

If you are interested in learning more about AHP or joining a committee, please contact Ali Singer at [email protected].

Leadership

Chair-Ali Singer
Chair-elect-Angie Dreher
Past Chair-Michelle Hilaire
Secretary-Stephanie Delgado
Legal Committee-Chris Zielenski
Education-Jen Biltoft
Public and Professional Relations-Jeff Lalama

ASHP House of Delegates: Tara Vlasimsky, Lance Ray, Clint Hinman, Bridger Singer (alternate)

 


Tentative 2023-24 Meeting Schedule:

Occurs the 3rd Thursday of every month effective July 20, 2023 until May 16, 2024 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM MT via Zoom. Please see CPS calendar for Zoom links.