Summary of May 3, 2018 Board Meeting

Ryan Bookout, PharmD BCOP BCPS
HOPA President, 2018–2019

Last month, the HOPA Board of Directors met to discuss a number of current and potential initiatives, including individual ideas to help drive more global awareness of HOPA. We have recently expanded our focus to include more student involvement, more active external collaboration, and more innovative educational opportunities.

Now, we look to formalize an activity many members have been participating in since day one. The Board approved moving forward with the first HOPA mentorship pilot program put forth by the Leadership Development Committee. Make sure to look for more opportunities to mentor, be mentored, and continue to network with HOPA in the coming months.

The Board discussed the upcoming Hill Day we have planned for June 13th.  The Public Policy Committee asked for volunteers from the Volunteer Activity Center who would like to attend Hill Day and lobby for HOPA.  Twelve members across the US applied and have been awarded travel grants to meet with their Congressional representatives and government officials. For those who have not yet had the opportunity to attend a HOPA on Capitol Hill event, we encourage you to apply next year and get involved with HOPA’s Policy Initiatives.

Lastly, the Board decided to make an additional investment in HOPA Central and increase workspace functionality. The new feature will allow committees to collaboratively work on and store agendas, minutes, project documents in one place, easily accessed by everyone. Training will be made available to all committee members as the site is updated over the next 3 months.

On behalf of myself and the entire Board, it is an honor and pleasure to work so closely with so many members and for the ability to make positive change for an organization we are so passionate about.