Chronology of ABHP

December 1978
The Black Pharmacists of ASHP is formed in San Antonio, Texas. The first meeting was held in conjunction with the 13th Annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 3-7, 1978 at the San Antonio Convention Center.

December 1979
The Black Pharmacists of ASHP holds it’s second meeting and first official business meeting during the 14th Annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Dr. John Scrivens is appointed National Chair of the group. The name of the organization is changed to the Association of Black Hospital Pharmacists (ABHP).
The first Annual Luncheon was also started, which began the tradition of an annual luncheon at the ASHP Midyear Meeting. 

December 1980
ABHP holds it's third meeting and second Business Meeting at the 15th Annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting at the San Francisco Convention Center. The ABHP adopts a research proposal to determine the level of participation of Black pharmacists in professional pharmacy organizations and employment in hospital pharmacy practice. The organization also adopts its first logo.
The second Annual Luncheon is held. The theme of the Luncheon keynote address was "Problems of the Black Pharmacist as Seen by the Medical Profession." The speaker was Dr. Vertis Thompson, President of the National Medical Association (NMA).
December 1981
The ABHP holds its fourth meeting and third Annual Business meeting and Annual Luncheon at the 16th Annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 6-10, 1981 at the New Orleans Convention Center. The ABHP Bylaws were approved and action approved to acquire tax-exempt status. A slate of officers were presented for the first time and approved.
The third Annual Luncheon keynote address, "Involvement - The Key to Success," was presented by Dr. Mary Munson Runge, Chair of the Board of Directors and Past President of the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA).

December 1982
The fifth meeting of the ABHP was held during the 17th Annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 5-9, 1982. The fourth Annual Luncheon theme was "Healthcare Legislation - Its Impact on the Future of Minority Healthcare Practitioners."

August 1983
Publication of the first ABHP Newsletter. The Awards program is formed to recognize the outstanding achievements of pharmacy students and practicing pharmacists. Allen L. Brown is the first Chairperson of the Committee.

August 1984
ABHP holds first elections. First officers were John J. Scrivens, Jr. (President), Miriam Mobley-Smith (Vice-President for Administration), Theotus Butler (Vice President for Development), Sarah Sanders (Secretary), Frank S. Emanuel (Treasurer), and Georgia Thomas (Publicist).

March 1985
With the assistance of member Col. Samuel Shannon, ABHP get 501 3C Tax Exempt status.

November 1985
The ABHP Newsletter wins the Indiana Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Bronze Quill Award in the category of Non-Profit Organizations.

December 10, 1985
The following Committees are formed: Membership Committee, Educational Affairs Committee, and Fund-raising Committee. ABHP participates in the first National Survey of Black Pharmacists.

April 16-18, 1986
ABHP presented its first international Symposium. The topic of symposium was "New Horizons in Cancer Chemotherapy: A Focus on Special Populations” in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

July - August 1990
ABHP participates in first National Pharmacy Summit in Orlando, Florida. The National Pharmaceutical Association hosted the summit. Other participating organizations included: the national pharmacy alumni associations of Howard University, Xavier University, Florida A&M University, and Texas Southern University. Dr. Louis P. Sullivan, Secretary of Health and Human Services was keynote speaker.

December 1995
ABHP approves the formation of regional chapters.

July 13, 1996
The first of a series of region seminars is held in Washington, DC. Registrants were treated to 6 hours of continuing education on the subject of Diabetes: A Serious Disease – An Excellent Opportunity to Provide Pharmaceutical Care.

February 1997
ABHP is highlighted in an article entitled "African-American Pharmacists: Making a Difference" in the ASHP Newsletter.

March 1997
ABHP is highlighted in an article entitled "Association of Black Hospital Pharmacists (ABHP) Holds Seminar on the Treatment and Prevention of Diabetes" in the Miami Voice Newspaper.

June 25-29, 1997
ABHP participates in the second National Pharmacy Summit in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

December 10, 1997
The first annual Wendell T. Hill Award is presented to Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, Dean Hampton University, College of Pharmacy. The award, named in honor of the first African-American President of the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP), gives recognition to an individual who, through their dedication, interest and enthusiasm, has made significant contribution to the practice of pharmacy.

November 22, 2000

ABHP launches it website:

December 2002
The first Allen L. Brown Cardiovascular Lecture is presented. Named in honor of one the ABHP’s most admired charter member, the lecture series attempts to solicit recently completed research papers from pharmacy residents or undergraduate students focusing on healthcare disparities affecting minorities with emphasis on cardiovascular diseases.

September 10, 2003
ABHP approves a new Mission and Vision Statement at their Strategic Planning Meeting. Vision Statement: We believe in black pharmacists working in collaboration to establish a standard of excellence for healthcare that is equitable, accessible, and culturally and ethnically appropriate to the black community. Mission Statement: ABHP believes that its purpose is to encourage members to promote the proper use of medication in the black community. The mission of ABHP is to promote advocacy, leadership, education, and collaboration that improve the health status and quality of life of black patients and to advance the practice of black pharmacists and serve as their collective voice on issues in the health systems.

September 2003
The 2003 Executive Committee gives approval for developing the foundation for the first ABHP Annual Meeting to be held separately from the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place in Miami Beach, Florida, September 24-26, 2004. In keeping with the new Mission and Vision, the theme of the meeting focuses on Minority Health Care Issues.

December 2003
ASHP President-elect Daniel Ashby meets with the ABHP Executive Committee to listen to issues of concern by the ABHP.

June 2004
Upon invitation, the ABHP Executive Committee is introduced for the first time at an ASHP Board of Directors meeting.

September 24, 2004
ABHP Annual meeting in Miami Beach, Florida is cancelled by hurricane Jeanne.

November 2004
ABHP becomes a charter member of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC). The NAADPC is comprised of several professional organizational entities including, the National Bar Association, National Association of Black Sociologists, National Association of Black Psychologists, National Association of Black Social Workers, National Black Nurses Association, National Dental Association, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and others. The Coalition shall be concerned with reciprocal cooperation in promoting more effective policies and practices to address the societal problem of drug abuse.

December 2004
ABHP forms the Council on Student Affairs. The Council provides students an opportunity to become involved in ABHP while helping them to develop and practice organizational leadership skills.

January 2005
At the January 12, 2005 monthly meeting, the Executive Committee voted to amend the ABHP Constitution and Bylaws, which will result in significant change in the governing rules of the ABHP

May 20-22, 2005
ABHP’s second Annual Meeting is held at the Omni Colonnade Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida

December 2005
ABHP signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the ASHP. The purpose of this MOU is to set forth the understanding between ASHP and ABHP regarding joint collaboration on issues and projects of mutual interest which would advance pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems.

June 2006
ABHP collaborates with ASHP in planning a health disparities seminar at the 41st ASHP Midyear meeting in Anaheim, CA

July 2006
ABHP forms the first Joint Committee with ASHP as a result of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the ASHP. The purpose of the committee is to oversee and develop activities of mutual interest which would advance pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems.

August 2006
ABHP signs a partnership agreement with ASHP Advantage, a business arm of ASHP, to develop and manage activities of the 2007 ABHP Annual Meeting and Minority Health Conference.

November 2006
ABHP approves the formation of the ABHP Foundation

March 2007
ABHP holds first ASHP-ABHP joint committee meeting

July 2007
ABHP meets jointly with the National African American Drug Policy Coalition

May 2008
ABHP holds the 3rd ABHP Minority Health Conference and Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia

February 2009
ABHP develops Pharmacist Key Principles for Healthcare Reform. This statement was endorsed by the National Pharmaceutical Association and presented to the administrative staff of President Obama.

December 2009
ABHP Foundation receives 501(c) 3 tax status.

December 2009
The 1st ABHP-ASHP Joint Leadership Award is presented to Dr. Folakemi Odedina. Established in 2009, the joint Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

May 2010
ABHP holds the 4th ABHP Minority Health Conference and Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas.

May 2010
ABHP presented the first George "Mickey" Leland Political Achievement Award to U.S. Senator Shelia Jackson Lee

December 2011
The 2nd ABHP-ASHP Joint Leadership Award is presented to Dr. Thomas E. Buckley. 

May 2012
ABHP holds the 5th ABHP Minority Health Conference and Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas

August 2012
ABHP launches the ABHP Fellows Recognition Program (FABHP)

December 2012
The 3rd ABHP-ASHP Leadership Award is presented to Dr. Lenore T. Coleman.