Welcome to ABHP

About ABHP

The Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists (ABHP) is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors elected by its membership. Its membership includes pharmacists, as well as, pharmacy students, residents, fellows and pharmacy technicians. 

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ABHP Strategic Vision, Mission, and Goals

We believe in pharmacists working in collaboration to establish a standard of excellence for healthcare that is equitable, accessible, culturally and ethnically appropriate for black and minority patients.

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ABHP History

ABHP has a very rich history, dating back to the late 1970s. Over the years, the organization have made many accomplishments that have become historical milestones in raising the mission and vision of black and minority pharmacists in the health systems. 

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How to Become a Member

ABHP offers several ways for you to join the organization. It's easy! Just click on the button below and began to experience the value of membership in ABHP, what many have called "The ABHP Experience."

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Benefits of ABHP

ABHP benefits continue to evolve as new opportunities for service arise almost daily in pharmacy practice. ABHP strives to be one of the leaders in equipping members with the tools to respond to the needs of underserved patients. The MOU with ASHP is just one of the benefits of membership in ABHP. When you join ABHP, know that you won’t be the only one to benefit. Your membership not only allows you to interact and join forces with like-minded colleagues from throughout the nation, it does a great deal more. It will also work to make your communities better, today and tomorrow.

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Ways to Get Involved

The opportunities for service are built right into ABHP. You can develop and improve your leadership and organizational skills as an elected officer, council member, or speaker at ABHP symposiums and at the same, serve your profession, special patient populations, and your community. One of the most significant acts of service is to work to promote advocacy, leadership, education, and collaboration that improves the health status and quality of life of patients in need. Consider the lives you will touch, today and tomorrow.

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ABHP ADVOCACY TO PROTECT 340B DRUG PRICING PROGRAM

Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act (Pub. L. 102-585) requires participating drug manufacturers to provide discounted prices on covered outpatient drugs, to eligible healthcare organizations known as covered entities, who serves the country’s indigent and vulnerable patient population. The intent of the program is to permit covered entities to stretch scare federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive health services. Covered entities realize significant savings by purchasing outpatient drugs through the 340B program. Covered entities use these savings to provide additional services that will benefit patients. The 340B program helps safety-net providers carry out their missions to serve their communities.

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Dr. Manouchkathe Cassagnol - ASHP-ABHP 2021 Joint Leadership Award Recipient

Manouchkathe Cassagnol, clinical professor, Department of Clinical Health Professions; assistant dean, community engagement, equity, and belonging, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and executive director, Academic Center for Equity and Inclusion, St. John’s University, is the recipient of the 2021 ASHP–Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists Joint Leadership Award. Learn more about Cassagnol, a highly respected educator and practitioner with a passion for integrating social justice into learning and practice.

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Dr. John E. Clark is the  2021 ASHP Board of Directors' Leadership Award Recipient

Dr. Clark is a long-standing champion for racial equity in healthcare and a vocal advocate for the creation of culturally competent systems of care. His contributions to ASHP and the profession have elevated pharmacy practice in countless ways, including identifying best practices to meet the unique needs of vulnerable patient groups, expanding healthcare access to the medically underserved, and enhancing ethnic and cultural diversity in the pharmacy workforce.

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Remembering the Early Defunct African American Pharmacy Schools

Celebrate Black History

The emergence of the early African American pharmacy schools ran parallel with the healthcare crisis created at the end of the Civil War where the deaths among newly emancipated African Americans were twice that of whites from the 1870s into the 1890s. The timeline also ran parallel with the period of post-Civil War Reconstruction and the enforcement of “Jim Crow” laws. To produce African American healthcare providers for the purpose of providing health care to their communities, separate African American medical and pharmacy schools evolved. Nine pharmacy programs were established for the training of African Americans between 1868 and 1927.

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Celebrate the History of Black Pharmacists

Matilda Lloyd, Ella E. Coleman, and Margaret A. Miller are the first known African American females to be awarded pharmacy degrees in the U.S. They received the Graduate in Pharmacy (Ph.G.) degree in 1894 at Meharry Pharmaceutical College and it was also the first time that three African American women graduated in the same class in a pharmacy program in the U.S. After graduation, Matilda Lloyd was employed as a member of the faculty at Central Tennessee College in 1898 and later joined the executive staff at the Meharry Pharmaceutical College as Assistant Registrar, where she remained for more than 40 years.

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