HOPA 2018–2019 Publications Committee
Ashley Glode, PharmD BCOP, Editor
Megan Dillaman, PharmD BCOP, Associate Editor
Christan Thomas, PharmD BCOP, Associate Editor
Heidi D. Finnes, PharmD BCOP, Board Liaison
Jessica Auten, PharmD BCOP
Lisa M. Cordes, PharmD BCOP BCACP
Jeff Engle, PharmD MS
Karen Fancher, PharmD BCOP
Craig W. Freyer, PharmD BCOP
Sarah Hayes, PharmD BCOP
Sarah Hoffman, PharmD BCOP
Kasey Jackson, PharmD BCOP
Emily Kathol, PharmD BCOP
Abby Kim, PharmD BCOP
Houry Leblebjian, PharmD BCOP
Remee McAlister, PharmD
Sarah Newman, PharmD
Candice Wenzell, PharmD BCOP
Board Update: Looking Ahead to a Bright Future
Ryan Bookout, PharmD BCOP BCPS
HOPA President (2018–2019)
Blood and Marrow Transplantation Pharmacy Supervisor
Moffitt Cancer Center
Susanne Liewer, PharmD BCOP FHOPA
HOPA President (2019–2020)
Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Stem Cell Transplant and Hematologic Malignancies
PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Director
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy
Returning to work and preparing for summer, we reflect on HOPA Ahead 2019 and the association’s 15th anniversary celebrated at this year’s conference in Fort Worth. During this look back, we also reflect on the overwhelming positive growth and change that HOPA has experienced in the past 15 years. Our association has grown to more than 3,000 members, and we now represent a much wider field of pharmacy practice areas and settings. As the association turns 16, we have many reasons to expect HOPA’s continued growth and flourishing. One reason is that HOPA is an inclusive association. As we grow and evolve, we continue to embrace all pharmacists who participate in oncology patient care, no matter what role they play.
A New Plan
HOPA’s leaders have been hard at work revitalizing and reimagining our association’s strategic plan. Many of you know that in 2015, we began the work to create a 5-year plan for the association, and that at the end of year 3, we had completed our work on the plan, thanks in large part to amazing leaders at every level, volunteers, members, and external partners. As we look ahead, we know that these pillars are firmly established and will provide the structure for our continued growth and success. We are honored to be part of such an amazing association and very thankful for the opportunity to launch a revitalized plan later in 2019.
HOPA has been fortunate to work with many outstanding affiliate organizations. We are currently working with individuals from other professional associations, patient-facing organizations, affiliate societies in oncology and hematology fields, and our industry partners. Never before in HOPA’s history has our association been involved with such a quantity or quality of partnerships. Just one example is the Value of Cancer Care Forum: Pharmacy’s Call to Action that we will collaboratively host with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy on June 18, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Our members are representing HOPA in coalitions, collaborations, and consortiums across the country and around the world. If you would like to become more involved in carrying out HOPA’s mission, we encourage you to apply for one or more of the many positions offered through our Volunteer Activity Center, or VAC.
A New Voice on the Cancer Care Team
Last but not least, as pharmacists, we continue to expand our role on the cancer care team, working together with nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. At the core of the cancer care team, though, are our patients, the people whose strength and courage, challenges and struggles, are our highest concern. We in HOPA want to do more in this area. In the year ahead, we will seek to continue the work of our Patient Outreach Committee and the partnerships it is forging with amazing organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer.
Our Thanks to You
We want to thank every HOPA member for your brilliance, your determination, and your hard work. We thank you for the energy and time that you have given and continue to give to HOPA. Your devotion and volunteerism for this association is amazing and overwhelming. Your drive and ambition have pushed this association outward and upward.
Thank you for the care that you give your patients every day. Thank you for the education that you give to your patients and their families. Know that the heartfelt empathy and sympathy you share with your patients and their families are deeply appreciated.
Thank you for sharing your passion and your knowledge with your students, residents, nurses, advanced practice professionals, physicians, and peers. Thank you for being the best pharmacists taking care of our cancer patients. It is because of you that HOPA has such a bright future and is advancing pharmacy’s role on the cancer care team in such meaningful ways.
Have a wonderful summer and take care of yourselves. Remember to recharge your batteries and take time for yourselves to learn, grow, reflect, and just be in the moment. We need your continued drive and motivation for HOPA, but we also want you at your best and refreshed. Go, Team!