APhA looks to alleviate increasing pressures of the profession

Michael Hogue, president-elect of APhA—as well as the speaker of the APhA House of Delegates—says he is "extremely hopeful about the future of pharmacy and have some ideas of how we will get there, but first we have to help lift up our colleagues and move through a difficult period." The APhA House of Delegates in March adopted a policy

Michael Hogue, president-elect of APhA—as well as the speaker of the APhA House of Delegates—says he is "extremely hopeful about the future of pharmacy and have some ideas of how we will get there, but first we have to help lift up our colleagues and move through a difficult period." The APhA House of Delegates in March adopted a policy on the pharmacist workplace environment and patient safety. The policies serve not only as guiding statements and principles for the profession, but are frequently referenced when key policy and legal decisions are at play. In addition to this policy, the APhA board of trustees has incorporated pharmacist well-being initiatives as core to our strategic plan, Hogue notes. "Among other efforts, we are building tangible resources to assist individual pharmacists with practice challenges, professional satisfaction, recognition and personal well-being." APhA is also working with other professional organizations and employers to seek legislative changes at the state and national levels that will result in recognition of pharmacists as providers of care. "Coupled with changes that remove unnecessary barriers to the use of technologies and technicians, this will lead to new opportunities for the patient care we are capable of providing, allowing the business model to shift," concludes Hogue.