African American Women Pharmacists and the Women's Movement

Many African American women pharmacists joined the National Association of Colored Women Clubs (NACWC) and became more known for their involvement, roles, and achievements than for their roles and achievements in pharmacy. In addition to the NACWC and their regional chapters, some of the other organizations of which African American women pharmacists formed, excelled, and thrived included the Tuesday Evening Club, Federation of Women’s Clubs, National Negro Business League, National Council of Negro Women, and the National Urban League Guild.

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.

African American Women in Pharmacy Firsts

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Pharmacy recognizes Dr. Albert D. Chester (Pharm.D., FAMU), who stepped in as a freshman in 2004 following the injury of quarterback Ben Dougherty, to finish the game between Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Nicholls State University with impressive leadership. He later became the starting quarterback for the Florida A&M University Rattlers from 2005 to 2007. He is the 2005 MVP of the Florida Classic, led the MEAC conference in total passing yards and second in yards per game in 2007. He is a 2009 Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of the FAMU College of Pharmacy. In 2020, he continued to score points with voters in his run for the U.S. Congress (D) in the House of Representatives (Florida District 5). 

African American Pharmacists and Sports

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Dr. Kathleen Kennedy - ASHP-ABHP 2020 Joint Leadership Award Recipient

Dr. Kennedy is a national champion of health equity and passionate advocate for the reduction of racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. A respected leader, educator, and researcher, she has leveraged her expertise in the areas of cultural competence and community engagement throughout her career to create a more just and inclusive healthcare system that improves, advances, and transforms healthcare for all patients and ensures all members of our communities receive optimal care.

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Jasper W. Watkins, III elected to the Gwinett County Board of Commissioners

Jasper W. Watkins III was elected to the Gwinett County (Georgia) Board of Commissioners, District 3. The Board sets direction and formulates policies for the county government, adopts the budget, authorizes expenditures, and approves or disapproves specific actions, such as rezoning of private property. Jay, as he is affectionately known, is U.S. Army (ret.) Lieutenant Colonel; was the first African American Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist and the first to complete the Nuclear Pharmacy Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He will serve a four-year term as County Commissioner, starting in 2021.

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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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