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A Message from Your CSHP President! - February 12th, 2018
Dan Dong, PharmD, FCSHP - CSHP President 2018

I am honored to be your President for 2018.  I want to update you on the progress of CSHP and our plans for 2018.  Thanks to the leadership of past CSHP Presidents, Kethen So and Vicky Ferraresi, who took us through the many years of turmoil and uncertainty since 2015.  It was only with their dedication to the profession and society, that CSHP was able to emerge on solid footing again.  It is difficult to convey to the membership the amount of work, meetings, and calls that this involved over the last three years.   Many have asked me “Are the leadership issues of the past few years resolved?”  I am able to say that all the litigation and past financial claims associated with past leadership have all been resolved in 2017 and behind us now.  We are moving forward.

With the hiring of Loriann DeMartini as our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CSHP in September 2016, she has brought a solid professional background of knowledge and experience that has benefitted CSHP tremendously. Seminar 2017 in Las Vegas had record attendance along with a very strong attendance for Seminar 2016 in Disneyland.   These two successful Seminars are great testimony of her strong leadership. She has worked tirelessly to correct and update the financial books, where the CSHP Board of Directors (BOD), could understand the true financial picture of the organization.  She ensured that all the many past years of financial audits were completed.  Loriann with BOD agreement employed many cost-cutting measures to improve the financial health of CSHP.  I am proud to report that CSHP is on sound financial footing at this time. With that stated, we must build up our financial reserves again and at the same time, we must continue to move and advocate for the profession and patient care.  This is a fine balance. 

We are continuing to work within the legislative arena as well as provide some new quality professional programs such as advanced practice certifications (i.e.  “Transitions of Care” with Cedars Sinai) and the upcoming CSHP West Coast Preceptor Conference in Asilomar, April 27-28.  I hope many of you will take the opportunity to attend.  In 2017, we began some joint calls with the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) involving the Presidential Officers.  This has helped to improve communications between the two professional organizations. We are continuing these calls in 2018 on a more routine schedule.   In addition, I am very proud to work with the current BOD, who are all committed and dedicated individuals, whom you have elected. We are also transitioning our Committees, Councils, and Task Forces (CCTF’s) into two-year staggered terms to provide better continuity and effectiveness.

Our membership has surpassed 4,000 again, which has not occurred since 2015.   Our membership is the lifeblood of this organization.  At the October 2017 House of Delegates, I asked and I received a commitment from each delegate that they would recruit one “new” member to CSHP in 2018.  I am asking for each of you as members of CSHP for your commitment to that same request.  “Recruit one new member in 2018.”  

Feel free to reach out to me for questions and comments at Dan.B.Dong@kp.org.  I am here to serve you and CSHP.  


Best Regards,

Dan Dong, PharmD, FCSHP
CSHP President, 2018


A Message from Your CSHP President! - November 29th, 2016
Vicky Ferraresi, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP - CSHP President 2017

Photo Credit: Brian KawaharaIt’s hard to believe that 2016 is coming to a close.  Seminar 2016 is behind us, and before we know it, 2017 will be upon us!

CSHP had a very successful Seminar this year.  Attendance was  2,030 and we provided  79.5 hours of continuing education programming for pharmacists and technicians.  Danny Kudo and his team did an outstanding job on every aspect of the meeting.  

On November 18th, we sent a Seminar Satisfaction Survey to you.  Please take the time to fill it out.  It provides valuable feedback so we can make next years’ Seminar even better.

Loriann DeMartini, Kethen So and I have been travelling to the schools of pharmacy and our affiliate chapters.  When we visit, I hope that you can take the opportunity to let us know what CSHP can do for you.  Your input is important in creating and providing services for our members.

We have all just seen how important it is to vote in an election.  I urge you all to cast your votes in the CSHP election for new officers and directors.  The governance and determination of the future of CSHP and the profession of Pharmacy is too important for you to not participate by failing to vote.  Be on the lookout for another ballot for the Bylaws changes approved by the House of Delegates, and if you are an ASHP member, for the ballot to vote for delegates to the ASHP HOD.

Finally, I want to thank our dedicated members and volunteers for all the time and effort they give our great organization.  We could not accomplish what we do without you at both the state and local level.


Best Regards,

Vicky Ferraresi, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP
CSHP President


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