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The Austin Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists is an organization comprised of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in Central Texas.

AASHP is an affiliate of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 Dinner Meeting

Casa Chapala (9041 Research Blvd #100, Austin, TX 78758)
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cava Room

"Clinical Practice Guideline Updates for Central Nervous System Infections"
Speaker: Kathryn Givens Merkel, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), BCPPS
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

This activity is eligible for ACPE credit; see final CPE activity announcement for specific details.

Click here for more information and to RSVP for this meeting.

Volunteer Health Clinic (VHC)

The VHC is a clinic (4215 Medical Parkway) that provides healthcare and pharmacy services to the under-served and uninsured in our community. If you have never volunteered at the VHC and are interested in learning more about their services you can reach out to our VHC Liaison, Amanda Stallings, at arkernodle@gmail.com .
The available dates for January are Thursday 1/18 @ 7:00pm and Monday 1/29 @ 7:00pm. Thursday 1/18 is an acute care, walk-in clinic. Monday 1/29 is the weekly Chronic Disease Management clinic. Each night will have different and unique patient populations. 

Please consider volunteering your time if you are available and interested. This is a very rewarding opportunity for you to give back to your profession and community. Please respond directly to Amanda Stallings at arkernodle@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering for either of these dates. 

Austin Youth Career Fest (YCF)

YCF seeks to inform High School students about potential career paths by facilitating conversations between students and professionals from a variety of fields. We need several volunteers to talk to high school students about entering a career in pharmacy.  

Wednesday January 31st, 2018
9am to 12pm
Location: Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road)

Please respond directly to Kathryn Merkel (kgmerkel@ascension.org) if interested in participating in this event.  

Project Collaborate

"A student-run initiative at the UT College of Pharmacy, gives UT pharmacy students the experience of screening underserved patient populations. Our mission is to "to provide quality health screening and health education services to underserved citizens of Texas, provide a means for student pharmacists to enhance their patient interaction and clinical skills, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and advance the profession of pharmacy."
Students from all pharmacy organizations and all UT campuses coordinate screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, waist circumference, height, weight, and HbA1c. In the 2016-2017 academic year, 1,217 patients in Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley were screened. Referrals to area primary-care providers were made and patients were equipped with educational resources for improving their health.
In order to continue the Project Collaborate mission, we are in need of pharmacist preceptors to volunteer at screening events throughout the coming semesters. Preceptors are needed for events in the following areas: Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, and The Rio Grande Valley.

At Project Collaborate health screenings, pharmacist preceptors interact with patients, answer questions from students and patients, counsel patients on medication use and healthy lifestyle habits, and oversee student volunteers as they complete health testing, educate, and counsel patients. Pharmacists and students also work together with patients to develop individualized action plans, to be used as a tool for patients to reach their health goals.

Can you help us?

If you are able to help us with this important work, please send an email to utprojectcollaborate@gmail.com with the following information: your name, phone number, email and location of practice.

Please know that preceptors are required to be recognized by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Lending your expertise to Project Collaborate will allow this program to grow and serve a wider scope of patients in Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, The Rio Grande Valley and in the surrounding areas.

TSHP Local Chapter Challenge

I'm excited to announce our upcoming events to kick-start our local chapter challenge!

We are currently in the lead for NEW member amongst all local TSHP chapters with 61 new members!!

From now until January 2018 we are competing with all the TSHP local chapters to increase our membership. We are starting with 199 points and our goal is 30 new members!!

Prizes will be awarded on the local chapter level for members that renew their membership or recruit a new member: it a new member:

  • 3 members will have the AASHP Annual Seminar in October attendance fee waived (if unable to attend a prize of equal value will be awarded)

  • 1 member will receive F-R-E-E TSHP Annual Seminar conference registration and 1 night hotel stay (if unable to attend a prize of equal value will be awarded)

  • Recognition at the local level

More prizes will be awarded on the state level!!

How it works:

  • You will be entered into the drawing if you join or renew your membership and for each new member that you recruit to join from July 2017 to January 2018

  • Anyone who joins from July to January 2018 will be entered into the drawing too

  •  Deadline for drawing for AASHP Annual Seminar is October 1.

  • Deadline for drawing for TSHP Annual Seminar is January 31.

Join or renew on the TSHP website!

AASHP Bylaws and Constitution

The updated AASHP Bylaws have been posted, along with the AASHP constitution and previous bylaws.

AASHP Bylaws (2016)

AASHP Constitution and Bylaws (2007)

AASHP Scholarship Awarded / Request for Donations

We are also pleased to announce that the AASHP scholarship was awarded by the TSHP Research and Education Foundation Scholarship Committee to Mohammad Adil of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Mohammad has served this past year as the student liaison to AASHP from the UT Student Society of Health System Pharmacists. Congratulations Mohammad Adil!!

We will need to conduct a fund raising drive to get the AASHP scholarship with the TSHP Research and Education Foundation up to a $30,000 endowment. The market investments are not giving a high enough rate of return to provide a $1000 scholarship at the current endowment level. Therefore, the TSHP Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors has set the endowment level at $30,000. We are currently at $22,000 plus.

Thank you for supporting AASHP!

Visit AASHP on Facebook

AASHP now has a Facebook page!  Click the link in the left column then click the Like button to get AASHP updates in your newsfeed!

TSHP Foundation

The TSHP Foundation needs your continuing support to maintain and expand its programs. You can have an impact and help shape the future of Pharmacy in Texas.

Click here for more information about the TSHP Foundation, and here to make a contribution.

AASHP Constitution

The Austin Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists Constitution has been amended with changes to the by-laws. The changes were approved by the membership at the October, 2007 meeting and the amended Constitution has been posted on our website (click to download).

Thanks to the officers of AASHP and especially Deanna Dossey, AASHP Past President, for spearheading the process of amending the AASHP Constitution so that we may better serve the members of our organization.

The History of AASHP

Deana Dossey, Past-President of AASHP has compiled a very interesting history of AASHP (thanks, Deana!). 

Click here to read the article, and be sure to send additions, corrections, and comments to Deana at .


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  • Join AASHP or renew your membership here.

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