Advocacy

Chair: ­Stephanie Abel

Email: advocacy@palliativepharmacist.org

Description:  Advocacy is defined as any action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others. The initial role of this committee focused primarily on traditional legislative advocacy. In the spirit of adaptability and recognizing our individual needs, as well as those of the Society, we are re-envisioning advocacy in 2021 and beyond. We would like to embody the many facets of advocacy and focus our short-term and long-term goals on supporting each other, our specialty & profession, and our patients. This will continue to entail engaging with legislators and drafting Society statements as appropriate based on current events. Additionally, based on our goals for 2021, Advocacy intends to support membership in a variety of other ways. Our aim is to broaden our impact by engaging in purposeful support where it is needed most.

Current Projects:

  • Palliate the Palliators or Emotional PPE project with Development to provide a variety of resources to our members as we all navigate these unprecedented times (advocating for ourselves, each other, and our well-being)
  • Advocacy CE for the virtual conference (Aim to submit a topic annually to the virtual conference and obtain law or ethics CE credits as a benefit to members)
  • Legislative engagement/current event response
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sub-Committee
Communications

Chair: ­Ben Kematick

Email: communications@palliativepharmacist.org

Description: The Communications Committee manages the bi-directional flow of information in the Society, between membership, committees, board of trustees, and executive board, as well as from the Society to outside parties. The Committee was formed in the latter half of 2020 as a result of the rapid growth of the Society revealing major need for more streamlined and defined communications. Currently the Committee consists of three subcommittees- Social Media, Newsletter, and Internal Communications. In addition, we also contain the Society’s webmaster for website maintenance.

Current Projects:

  • Develop clear and consistent process for the Society’s communications
  • Identify areas to create content and grow Society’s social media presence
  • Continue to publish high quality quarterly Society newsletter
Development

Chair: ­Kate Juba

Email: development@palliativepharmacist.org

Description: Development Committee shall provide feedback to other professional or governmental organizations regarding any matters affecting the practice of pain or palliative pharmacy; Shall develop a structure that will promote the development and retention of the pharmacist on transdisciplinary pain or palliative care teams; Shall review issues of professional practice for recommendation to the BoT and serve as a resource for third- party and reimbursement issues/trends nationally; Shall engage student and resident trainees in the specialty of pain and palliative pharmacy and within the organization. 

Current Projects:

  • Office hours programming
  • SPPCP Pharmacist Registry/HPM Pharmacy Practice survey
  • CV review for pharmacy residents and students
Education

Chair: ­Bridget Protus

Email: education@palliativepharmacist.org

Description: Education Committee shall develop and participate in providing information and education for all areas of pharmacy practice, other health professions and the public; Shall be responsible for development of all education materials and programs for the Society (e.g. student and resident rotation support materials, board preparation materials, competencies, patient care materials in the form of guidelines, care sets and protocols); Shall develop and review CE program topics that promote the Society’s mission and vision statements and further the professional goals of members and recruits funding for the Society; Shall be responsible for meetings sponsored by the organization; Shall be responsible for the formatting, coordinating and content development for all Society educational events.

Current Projects:

  • Annual SPPCP Virtual Conference & Poster Session
  • Member educational needs assessment survey
  • Resources toolkit for the SPPCP website
  • Pharmacist Must Reads literature compilations (in collaboration with Research Committee)
Finance

Chair: ­Phyllis Grauer

Email: treasurer@palliativepharmacist.org

Description: Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists (SPPCP) Treasurer is the chair of SPPCP Finance Committee. The functions of the SPPCP Finance Committee are to:

  1. Maintain positive cash flow and continue to ensure budge line items are not exceeded.
  2. Continue to grow money market account as revenue allows.
  3. Maintain financial expenditures obligations in a timely manor
  4. Evaluate new budgetary requests and provide recommendations
  5. Prepare and complete annual budget and taxes by the end of fiscal year

Current Projects:

  • Oversee Society budgeting and financial planning
Membership

Chair: ­Michelle Schmidt

Email: membership@palliativepharmacist.org

Description: The membership committee is responsible for overseeing efforts related to member recruitment and retention.  Committee members are actively engaged in our areas of emphasis which include: hosting networking events, creating and maintaining member resource documents, developing and analyzing a biennial survey, conducting monthly outreach to new and non-renewed members, and reporting vital membership statistics to our organization’s leaders.

Current Projects:

  • Navigating (virtual) networking as part of recruitment efforts
  • Developing key processes surrounding the biennial member survey
  • Planning for Society-branded swag & apparel sales
Research

Chair: Michael Smith

Email: research@palliativepharmacist.org

Description: Research Committee shall be responsible for collaborating within the Society on research projects; Shall take the lead in guiding the Society towards dissemination of pertinent Society data or findings; Shall be responsible for all Society grant and research proposals; Shall be responsible for compilation and submission of all Society; publications (e.g. journals, special surveys, articles, etc.); Shall provide mentorship and recognition to members as it relates to original research.

Current Projects:

  • Pilot grant
  • Literature Award
  • Collaborating with advocacy on an opioid tapering survey
  • Supporting the pharmacist palliative care workforce survey
  • Development of best poster criteria
  • Supporting the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy