Brenda Schimenti, CPNP Executive Director
You might recall seeing the phrase “member-driven association” in communications from CPNP like this article. It’s true. We live it and breathe it here at CPNP.
CPNP 2021 is a perfect example of an event shaped by you and for you. With each product evaluation you have completed, each member survey, each member think tank, each needs assessment--you have influenced the design and deliverables to be provided through CPNP 2021. That means a tailor-made experience is awaiting you the week of April 19-23, 2021 including such features as:
Speaking of member input, CPNP issues a thanks to the 50 members who volunteered and joined us at our recent strategic planning focus groups around the core areas of advocacy, engagement/community, the future of practice, and the future of our workforce. This input is incredibly valuable to the individuals representing you on the Strategic Planning Committee. Be looking for an additional opportunity to make your voice heard in January as we launch our strategic planning member survey.
As I close this article, I want to emphasize that members are the lifeblood of CPNP. This organization was founded and built for you and by you. Individuals like our dear friend Ann Richards, PharmD, BCPP, who we lost to cancer this week can be some of your greatest professional resources and personal friends. For example, Past President Jerry McKee shared the following regarding Ann:
Ann never hesitated to stop and chat when I gave her a call, or to share a Nebraska/Texas bear hug at CPNP meetings. She was always willing to give the gift of her time and attention- and what a gift. We all know her as a rock solid psych pharmacist, clinical administrator, pharmacy visionary, and great all around friend and she earned these accolades every day. When I was still in state hospital practice, I had her office on speed dial- she was just an incredibly grounded clinical/administrative resource.
I personally know there are hundreds of pharmacists in our membership like Ann because I have the privilege of working alongside you every day. Reap the benefits of the CPNP that you have built alongside colleagues and founding members such as Ann Richards. Whether it is Annual Meeting participation, volunteering, publishing or some other contribution, you have a role in building CPNP and sharing it with others.