Dear MPhS members and guests to our website:

As the new president for the 2019-2021 term, my vision is to increase the society’s visibility throughout the state of Maryland and beyond. Over the years, MPhS has represented the views and ideals of minority pharmacists in the state of Maryland on critical issues affecting health care and pharmacy. Also, through MPhS’s involvement with the Maryland Pharmacy Coalition (MPC), MPhS has been instrumental in organizing position statements on legislative bills and in educating legislators on the bills affecting pharmacy practice in the state of Maryland.

Visibility for us is multi-fold and requires every member’s participation to come to life. The success of an organization is as great as the quality of its members. One of my goals is to gain momentous growth in our active membership. In the past our members have been instrumental in serving as mentors and/or preceptors to student pharmacists, providing clinical knowledge to the underserved through community outreach events, and advocating for the field of pharmacy. As a student, I valued the mentorship I received from MPhS pharmacists and was always excited to glean from their experiences. I hope you will join us in being active this year.

As an organization, we have always had some form of student involvement through the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) at the schools of pharmacy in Maryland – from health fairs, showcases and roundtable events, sponsorship for professional conferences to scholarships. Through student collaborations, we have been able to give back to the profession that has afforded us so much and to the underserved community as well. All year we invite students to participate in all our community service projects. Some projects we recently participated in includes the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church brown bag health fair, Project Hope Thanksgiving Feast, Puerto Rico post-hurricane relief charity banquet, and NCPA/SNPhA roundtable event.

Another method to improve the society’s visibility is through professional development. Throughout the year, we plan to offer live continuing education (CE) credits to our members and to non-members at a small fee. Also, members are encouraged to attend pharmacy conferences such as the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) conferences as an avenue to network and enhance our professional development. Please be on the look out for communication regarding upcoming events through our email listserve and the MPhS website at mphssociety.org

My hope is that all MPhS members benefit from all that this organization has to offer by being active participants. I am very thankful to our loyal sponsors and our active executive-board members for their hard work and dedication to MPhS. With this message, I wish us all a successful, productive, and healthy year.

Warm Regards,

Jummy Amuwo, Pharm.D., MPH

MPhS President 2019-2021


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