The HOPA Board of Directors meets every 6 weeks to discuss strategic initiatives and ensure that the work HOPA does is aligned with the vision and mission of the organization. These summaries aim to make the work of the board of directors and its committees more transparent to HOPA members.

Summary of February 21, 2018, Board Meeting

Susannah E. Koontz, PharmD BCOP FHOPA
HOPA President, 2017–2018

On February 21, 2018, the HOPA Board of Directors held its last regularly scheduled teleconference of the 2017–2018 year. Although some might think we would be slowing down as the current governance year comes to a close, it’s really quite the opposite. Our most recent meeting was productive and is paving the way for some exciting opportunities in the coming months.

Without giving away too much information (because we will be discussing each of the following items in more detail leading up to and at the 14th Annual Conference in Denver, CO, March 21–24), I wanted to give a quick overview of the board’s recent decisions:

  • Exploring the feasibility of starting our own journal: Ashley Glode (chair of the Publications Committee) and Edward Li (board member at large) collaborated on researching HOPA’s options for having its own journal. Upon careful consideration of the options, the board decided first to seek member input to ascertain whether and how we should proceed with this initiative. Look for a short survey soliciting your input on the potential for a HOPA journal dedicated to publishing scholastic contributions from members as well as our organization’s tools and resources. We will also be seeking member feedback during the Annual Conference.
  • Establishing an early-career research grant: The Research-Basic and Translational Sciences Committee (Patrick Kiel. chair, and Hai Tran, vice chair), working with HOPA treasurer Jolynn Sessions, developed a proposal to fund investigators early in their career as a way of encouraging and promoting high-quality basic and preclinical translational laboratory-based research in oncology. The board is committing $50,000 in 2018 as an investment in our members embarking on their research careers. Applications will be available later this spring.
  • Developing an oral oncolytic institute: On behalf of the Industry Relations Council (IRC) Committee, chair Niesha Griffith presented the concept of a HOPA-created institute dedicated to establishing best practices and standards specific to access, adherence, education, and safety associated with oral oncolytic therapies. This idea originated both from personal experience and from feedback given by HOPA members and IRC partners. A task force to develop this concept is being convened, and opportunities to participate in the initiative will be announced soon.
  • Participating in the Pharmacy Health Information Technology (PHIT) Collaborative: According to the PHIT Collaborative’s 2018–2021 strategic plan, “Formed in the fall of 2010, the Pharmacy Health Information Technology Collaborative’s (PHIT) vision and mission is for the US Health IT infrastructure [to] better enable pharmacists to help optimize person-centered care and for PHIT to advance and support the use, usability, and interoperability of health IT by pharmacists” ( The board supports the recommendation made by the Public Policy Committee (Tim Tyler, chair, and Megan Hartranft, vice-chair) that HOPA become a member of this multistakeholder initiative. We will be looking for a member to represent HOPA in this program, so please consider volunteering when the call goes out for volunteers.
  • Recognizing an outstanding volunteer: Finally, I presented the proposal to create an award to recognize outstanding volunteer service to HOPA within our membership. After specific criteria have been established, this award will be ready for presentation at our 15th Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX, April 3-6, 2019.

The final board meeting that I will chair as your HOPA President will be a daylong, in-person meeting just before the start of our upcoming Annual Conference. I hope you are making plans to join us at the conference—either in-person or online via the virtual conference option. We will have much to celebrate from the past year and will look forward to what’s ahead in the coming one. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments.