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Local Association Spotlight

By Casey Kamps, Pharm.D., staff pharmacist, Family Fare-Metro Health Village, KCPA president

 

Local Organization Name: Kent County Pharmacists Association (KCPA)

County Represented: Kent

 

What activities does your local association organize and conduct?

Kent County Pharmacists Association (KCPA) organizes a variety of activities. Activities include monthly Board Meetings, social events, holiday parties, continuing education (CE) sessions and other professional events. KCPA strives to provide meaningful events that offer Pharmacy Professionals the opportunity to network and socialize "outside of the office."

 

KCPA also prioritizes the support of other professional activities and organizations. KCPA provides  sponsorship opportunities for students and supports the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF).  KCPA sponsors deserving students to attend Professional Meetings and to host community events. In October, KCPA was a Silver Sponsor for the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) Oktoberfest Event at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids. Annually KCPA supports the MPF Charity Auction by providing fun and unique gift baskets for raffle.

 

What is an example of an innovative event or initiative that your local as recently been engaged in, and how did that have a positive impact?

One of KCPA's priority initiatives is engagement. KCPA seeks to engage pharmacy professionals from all practice arenas. For some, involvement may mean sporadically dropping into meetings and for others involvement may mean obtaining a seat on the Board, and KCPA welcomes those at all ends of the spectrum to become involved.

 

In April 2016, KCPA hosted an inaugural event "KCPA Breakfast."  This event was in conjunction with Ferris State University's Annual Pharmacy Law Review.  KCPA hosted breakfast and coffee for students attending the Law Review and provided an informational booth. The booth provided students with information on how to identify local associations in their practice area(s) and how to become involved.  KCPA Board Members were on site to field questions and answers. Because the Law Review is geared for fourth year students preparing for licensure it was a great way to connect these students and to encourage them to become involved, or to stay involved, when they begin practicing professionally. 

 

How would someone get involved in your local if they were interested? How could they express interest in serving on your Board of Directors?

Check us out on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/kentcountypharmacistsassociation/. If you're not on Facebook, shoot us an email: KCPAPharmacists@gmail.com

 

Facebook is our primary means of communication, so meeting and event information can be found there.  If you're interested in attending a meeting or event, simply RSVP on Facebook or by email and show up!  Contact any Board Member for information about serving on our Board of Directors.

 

What is one thing that you would like student pharmacists and pharmacy professionals who are not involved in their local to know?

It is easier to become involved that you may think!  If you're a MPA member, you're already signed up!  KCPA welcomes everyone. Whether you are a new member, a veteran member, or somewhere in between, we'd love to have you involved!



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