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June Newsletter

Message from the Board
By: SPA Executive Vice President Steven Webbenhurst

As I mentioned in my last message, 2020 has been different than any of us could have imagined. As COVID-19 becomes a more stable issue, other issues continue to arise. One thing that has been apparent is how quickly information changes. As COVID began to emerge, there were so many unknowns regarding the virus. We heard different things from different people or agencies. We were constantly bombarded with facts and theories.

For many of us, it was really information overload. That overload lead to stress and anxiety for most everyone, but especially for those of us in healthcare as well as for “essential” workers. If I checked news in the morning, by lunchtime there was something new. By dinnertime, there was still more new information. It was amazing to see the pace at which information came at us. The COVID topic was constantly in our faces. It was nearly impossible to avoid the topic. Whether you checked news sources or social media, it was the majority of what both covered.

As we worked our way thru the initial weeks of the epidemic, we were all amazed at how some information changed over time. We were told that masks weren’t necessary unless you had COVID or took care of someone with health issues. Then we were told to wear masks. Then not to wear masks. And then to wear masks as many people were asymptomatic carriers. And the mask controversy continues to evolve.

I think more importantly, we all realized that we got conflicting information depending on our sources of information. One official said one thing and another said something different. I hope that over time, most people were able to find a reliable and consistent source of information. And I’m sure it’s a shock, but not all the information on the internet (or Facebook) is true. 🙂

I have some information that has been verified. The Spokane Pharmacy Association is moving to a new membership platform this summer. You will receive information on how to create a profile along with other emails explaining this new platform. Like anything new, there may be a few hiccups along the way, but this will allow us to better serve all of you in the future with the added features this platform offers.

Stay well. Stay safe. We will be in contact regarding possible summer activities and we appreciate all you do for the community!

CE Webinar | E-Cigarette Use and Tobacco Cessation

Thursday, June 4, 2020
7:00-8:00PM

Presenter

Loan Lam, PharmD, PGY1 PVNA Resident
Providence Visiting Nurses Association

Dr. Loan Lam is a current first year pharmacy resident at Providence Visiting Nurses Association/Washington State University CPPS training with an emphasis in geriatrics under the guidance of Dr. Brian Gates and Dr. Jeffrey Clark. In her unique practice in home healthcare, she plays a pivotal role on the pharmacy team commanding pharmacy services to coordinate care by responding to complex medication-related concerns and managing high-risk chronic disease states within a multidisciplinary team (skilled nursing, physical therapists, occupational therapists, registered dietitians, masters in social work). Secondarily, she spends much of her time in her residency to foster and empower APPE student pharmacists through academia and mentorship.

To Register for the Webinar:

Please register for the Update on the “E-Cig” Epidemic on June 4th, 2020 7:00 PM PDT at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/446553860219448335

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

CE INFORMATION

1 hour of ACPE accredited CE

The Washington State Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

To Earn CE Credit
You will be required to log into the gotowebinar, attend the full presentation, and complete a post-activity evaluation form to receive credit. The evaluation form will be included as an attachment in the webinar. After the evaluation form is completed, you must return it to Maria Lieggi (maria@wsparx.org) at the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) to have your CE uploaded.

WSPA will upload the CE credit to the CPE Monitor. WSPA only has 60 days to upload the CE from the initial date of the training, so it is recommended that attendees check their CPE Monitor 1-2 weeks prior to the 60 day deadline in order to verify the status of their credit for presentations attended. After the 60 day deadline, the CE cannot be uploaded to the CPE Monitor.

April Newsletter

Message from the Board
By: SPA Executive Vice President Steven Webbenhurst

We all heard the jokes about 20/20 vision as 2019 ended. Looking into our crystal balls, I don’t think any of us foresaw our world changing the way it has this year with COVID-19.

It’s amazing to see how everyone associated with pharmacy has stepped up to the task of putting our patients’ needs ahead of our own in many instances during this troublesome time. I know that for a period of a week or two, changes were occurring in our personal lives that crossed over into our professional lives on an hourly basis. But, we continue to evolve our practices, to minimize the spread of the virus while still providing the best care for our patients. I won’t go into some of the stories I’ve read about that describe how healthcare workers are keeping their families protected, but I know that is a concern for all of us.

What I marvel at is how quickly we have adapted our practices so that we can continue to do what we do best; provide access to our patients while providing them with the medications and advice they need. On television shows, pharmacists are usually portrayed by older men with little personality in a setting that looks like it’s out of the 1970’s. In today’s world, I still think pharmacy is sometimes slow to change because we are cautious to make sure they are positive changes. But it is amazing how quickly our professional practices have shifted in the last few weeks to ensure that we can continue to serve our patients while being aware of risks of COVID.

I’d like to thank all of our members (and all pharmacists, technicians and interns) in our response to this crisis. You continue to make me proud to be a member of the profession.

Be safe, be compassionate, use good judgement and continue to serve our patients.

CE Webinar | Gestational Diabetes

In light of cancellation of all live events, we were able to pull together our CE for the 24th of March and place it online. The CE will still be ACPE accredited for CE credits but will only be occurring from 7PM-8PM. If you are still interested, you can sign up via the link below.

To Register for the Webinar:
Please register for Gestational Diabetes on Mar 24, 2020 7:00 PM PDT at: ​
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8426960986152992779. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.​

To Earn CE Credit
You will be required to log into the gotowebinar using the above URL, attend the full presentation, and complete a post-activity evaluation form to receive credit. The evaluation form will be included as an attachment in the webinar. After the evaluation form is completed, you must return it April 3rd to Maria Lieggi maria@wsparx.org at the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) to have your CE uploaded. ​

WSPA will upload the CE credit to the CPE Monitor. WSPA only has 60 days to upload the CE from the initial date of the training, so it is recommended that attendees check their CPE Monitor 1-2 weeks prior to the 60 day deadline in order to verify the status of their credit for presentations attended. After the 60 day deadline, the CE cannot be uploaded to the CPE Monitor.​

2020 Lasagna Dinner

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Keynote: Pharmacists as Direct Patient Care Providers

Presenter: Dr. Julie Akers
Julie Akers is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Spokane, WA. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Washington State University in 2000, after which she worked for 13 years in an ambulatory setting as a Pharmacist, Pharmacy Manager, District Manager and Director of Pharmacy. Dr. Akers currently serves on the Washington State Pharmacy Association Board of Directors and is a Past-President of the association. She is a member of a coordinating committee mandated by Washington State Governor Inslee in 2018, with the focus to eliminate Hepatitis C in WA State by 2030. She serves her local community on the Spokane Regional Opioid Task Force and is the faculty advisor for several student organizations. Her research focuses on increasing patient access to quality care through advancing community pharmacy practice, which includes a study related to community pharmacists screening patients for Hepatitis C.

WHEN AND WHERE

Luigi’s Restaurant
245 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

COST

NCPA/SPA students – No charge
Non-NCPA/SPA students – $10
Pharmacists and Techs – $25

Register Online

CE INFORMATION

1 hour of ACPE accredited CE

The Washington State Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

December Newsletter

Message from the Board
By: SPA Executive Vice President Steven Webbenhurst

As the final days of 2019 are upon us, on behalf of the Spokane Pharmacy Association Board, best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

For many of us, there will be time spent with family, attending parties and exchanging gifts. I have the perfect idea for a gift. It’s a gift you give yourself. One size fits all. You don’t even have to wrap it. It is membership for 2020 in the Spokane Pharmacy Association.

The board welcomes six new board members for 2020 and will continue to offer you many opportunities to learn, socialize and contribute to the community. As always, we will continue to offer outstanding continuing education events (and will be ACPE approved). Social/networking events will consist of either physical events (we did hatchet throwing this last fall) or mental events (such as trivia which always seems to be popular with our members). And we plan to do more activities with the community in 2020 as well.

And don’t forget that we have our Annual Awards Banquet and Meeting on February 20th! This year we are offering an early bird discount when buying tickets to this great evening.

So renew your membership NOW and give yourself a gift that will last all of 2020.

Happy Holidays!

Call for Award Nominations | 2020 Annual Meeting

Annually the Spokane Pharmacy Association (SPA) honors outstanding pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, students, and pharmacies for their accomplishments and service to the pharmacy profession and to our community.

Submit nominations for the following categories by Thursday, February 6, 2020.

  • Pharmacist of the Year
  • Pharmacy Technician of the Year
  • Pharmacy Student/Resident of the Year
  • Pharmacy of the Year

The award winners will be recognized at the SPA Annual Meeting on February 20, 2020 at the McGinnity Room.

Rules/Stipulations:

  • You do not have to be an SPA member to nominate or receive the award.
  • Nominees can come from any area of pharmacy practice.
  • Current SPA board members are not eligible to receive awards.
  • Please provide a short statement explaining why you think the nominee deserves the award.

How to submit your nomination: