Dear Prospective Member,
The Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists (SPPCP) continues to grow as a direct result of our active and collaborative members. I am honored to be a founding member and 2019 President of SPPCP. In our short history, SPPCP has fostered invaluable collaborations with health systems, other professional organizations, and most importantly, health professionals practicing in the areas of pain management, hospice, and palliative care. Our members represent a diverse array of pharmacy practice with a common goal of reducing the suffering of our patients.
We have formed strong collaborations with AAHPM, CAPC, HOPA, PAINWeek, AIPM, as well as joined the National Coalition for Hospice & Palliative Care and the National Quality Forum ensuring we will have a voice at the table in advocacy for our patients and our profession.
Our strategic plan outlines our goals to promote society growth, be a leader in education amongst pain, palliative care and hospice pharmacists, advance pharmacy practice in these specialty areas, develop benchmarking strategies for our profession, support advocacy efforts in line with our mission, and provide mentorship to future leaders in pain, palliative care and hospice pharmacy.
In 2019, we will sponsor our second ½ day pre-con at the AAHPM Annual Assembly in Orlando. We will also be offering our second ½ day “virtual conference.”
As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on the active engagement of our members to grow the society and provide support and collaboration in our professional lives. Our committees provide a great opportunity for our members to get involved in Society work through educational program development, research awards (recognition), development of communication tools such as the listserv and newsletter.
Our official journal, The Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, is available full-text to all members of SPPCP and continues to be a valuable resource for those of us in practice as well as research.
I’m incredibly proud of the accomplishments of my Society colleagues, and truly believe SPPCP has become a professional home for those of us practicing in the areas of pain management, hospice, and palliative care. I hope you will consider learning more about the great things SPPCP has to offer both personally and professionally.
Chris Herndon, PharmD, BCACP
2019 President, Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists