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This issue of the CPNP Perspective announces some exciting details about our premier event, the CPNP 2017 Annual Meeting “The Fusion of Innovation and Practice” to be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ, April 23-26, 2017. With our impressive growth in membership and attendance the last few years, this will be the first annual meeting that will be held in a convention center!!!! Nearly thirty hours of ACPE approved programming will be provided over the 4 days, with plenty of opportunities to network as a community as we work to expand our profession and your practice.

I would like to sincerely thank Jolene Bostwick (chair) and the rest of the Program Committee for organizing a cutting edge program with the expert speakers in the field. In addition, I would also like to thank the Recertification, Student, and Resident Committees for their assistance in arranging topics and speakers relevant to their respective tracks for CPNP 2017. These committees have devoted numerous hours evaluating membership interests so that appropriate topics are presented to you. I am confident you will find the programming engaging. Please check out the annual meeting pages at cpnp.org/2017.

In other CPNP news, I am excited to report the Board of Directors met in Washington DC in September to review the results of the Membership Survey and Government Affairs Audit. Based on member feedback, the Board of Directors and staff are already making adjustments to enhance membership benefits and move the profession of psychiatric pharmacy even further in the upcoming years. Many ideas were generated to move the organization forward, and we are energized and ready to tackle the most significant initiatives. Watch your email for progress reports and opportunities for you to volunteer and be involved as we continue to work for the profession.

Analysis of the membership survey showed that the same enthusiasm held by our Board is shared by the entire membership. We have a net promoter score (a measure of satisfaction with the organization) that is 33% higher than the healthcare association average, and 91% of our members say that they are proud to be CPNP members! Seventy-four percent (74%) of our members are optimistic about the state of the psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy profession overall, and 90% believe that CPNP effectively promotes the importance of pharmacists in the psychiatric and neurologic specialties.

As before, if you have any questions or comments about your CPNP experiences, please feel free to contact me at Chris.Thomas2@va.gov. I am looking forward to seeing you at CPNP 2017!!

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