There are Many Ways to Get Involved
The Tools You Can Use
When you join ABHP you can interact with and join forces with like-minded colleagues and various healthcare organizations throughout the nation in addressing issues associated with minority patient healthcare. Members also can participate in Executive and Business meetings, serve as speakers at regional symposiums, and help facilitate special interest programs at the ASHP Meetings. Membership in the ABHP serves as an important professional step for Black and minority pharmacists to improve their practice through a wide range of services offered. These services include:
• Continuing Education Programs consist of regional and national symposium on various clinical, administrative, and minority health topics. The American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) approves all the association’s programs for continuing education credits. Members can attend all programs at a reduced fee, participate in meeting planning, and participate as a speaker at the programs.
• Newsletters provide timely in-depth descriptions of the association activities and important pharmacy issues. This includes free issues of the ABHP Newsletter, distributed electronically every quarter. Members may also submit articles for publication in the Newsletter.
• Association Social Activities allows you to participate in the Annual Luncheon and Receptions held at the ABHP Annual Meeting and the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
ABHP and Leadership
In ABHP, members are given an opportunity to build leadership skills by serving as elected leaders, Board liaisons, and chairperson on several councils and committees. You can develop your leadership skills by putting them to work on one of the following councils and committees:
• Council on Administrative Affairs is concerned with (a) administration and management of business
and professional programs, (b) policies and procedures, (c) affiliate relations, and (d) public relations.
• Council on Educational Affairs is concerned with ABHP educational activities and administration of
• Council on Organizational Affairs is concerned with (a) review of the ABHP Constitution and Bylaws,
(b) ABHP membership, and (c) member communication services.
• Council on Professional Affairs is concerned with (a) recognition of members’ achievements, (b)
pharmacy practice standards; and (c) pharmacy practice research.
• Council on Student Affairs is concerned with assuring a strong student membership base.
• Pharmacy Technician Division is concerned with assuring a strong pharmacy technician membership
• Awards Committee is responsible for formulating and recommending criteria for the recognition of
candidates for awards who have made significant contributions to the practice of pharmacy and the
goals of the ABHP.
• Budgeting and Finance Committee reports to the Board and is concerned with managing financial
matters of the Association.
• Committee on Nominations is responsible for soliciting and screening nominations for ABHP offices
and reporting to the Board of Directors, the name of candidates for elected offices.
• Constitution & Bylaws Committee is responsible for all matters associated with the ABHP Bylaws and
functions as a sub-committee of the Organizational Affairs Council.
• Strategic Planning Committee is responsible for appraising future opportunities, existing and future
strengths, and weakness and make recommendations to the Board to help avoid identifiable problems
and ensure the success of the ABHP.
Association Leadership and Orientation program also offer opportunities to learn and develop leadership and organizational skills. By participating in the leadership program, members can:
• Identify ways to create an effective association team
• Identify. describe, and understand the roles and responsibilities of association leadership teams
• Understand the roles of the Board of Directors (BOD)
• Describe and understand the roles and responsibilities of the association committees
• Gain insight into organizational dynamics
• Recognize and understand the impact and importance of technology, human resources, membership tools,
legislative and regulatory rules, and public relations on organizational operations.