House of Delegates – First Session Speech Transcript

If you are a  member of the American Pharmacists Association and were unable to attend the first session of the House of Delegates on Friday March 4, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland I wanted to provide you with a copy of the transcript of my speech as a candidate for Speaker-elect.  The Speaker of the House of Delegates serves more than just the 300+ delegates in attendance, but also serves the 60,000+ members of the Association and over 300,000 people in the United States who call themselves pharmacists.  The election for this position is on Monday March 7, 2016 and I am hopeful a majority of delegates will support my candidacy.

APhA-Speaker of the House-candidate Joey Mattingly

First Session Speech Text – Presented on March 4, 2016 by Joey Mattingly, Candidate for Speaker of the House:

In 2012, something strange happened to me when I received my “Membership Renew” letter from APhA. I paused.

 

For the first seven years of my membership to the Association, I was as big of a pharmacy champion as you have ever seen. Before age 28, I was engaged. A former national Speaker for the Academy of Student Pharmacists, Speaker of the House and Board Member of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, and an active member in the Louisville community, even giving a flu shot live on air to a local news anchor to promote pharmacist vaccinations during flu season.

 

But I hit a wall.

 

I was frustrated with the direction we were heading and discouraged by the practice of pharmacy that I was experiencing outside of an academic medical center. I even began to feel betrayed by other pharmacists who seemed to be the profession’s own worst enemy as we continue to fight battles around transfer coupons, mandatory mail-order, or reimbursement rates.

 

At 28 I was already starting to become a little bit jaded and that scared me.

 

Then in the spring of 2013, as I attended the APhA Annual meeting in Los Angeles, I realized that my problems weren’t with APhA, they were with ME. I was the one who had chosen a career path of middle management and corporate ladders.

 

What was I doing to encourage positive change for our patients? What was I doing to mentor future pharmacists? What had I sacrificed to push this profession forward?

 

I was reminded that the American Pharmacists Association is a MEMBER organization. If I wanted to complain about anything done at APhA, I had to look at myself first.

 

With that, I want to thank you for being here, your presence alone tells me you subscribe to the belief that APhA is only as good as its members. I hope to meet many of you this weekend to discuss my candidacy, but more importantly to listen to your stories and suggestions for moving pharmacy forward through APhA.

 

Thank you.

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Joey
Joey Mattingly, PharmD, MBA is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy located in Baltimore, Maryland. Joey has managed retail and long-term care pharmacy operations in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. Leading Over The Counter is a blog of Joey's views and opinions on the topics of pharmacy leadership and management and do not represent the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Joey can be followed on Twitter @joeymattingly.

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