Esteemed NHPA Members,
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I welcome all of you to our organization - the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association. Our mission is to empower Hispanic pharmacists and other members to improve the health of Hispanic populations in collaboration with public and private sector partners. Our vision is to be the lead pharmacy organization for improving the health of Hispanic populations in the United States. With a collaborative effort, we shall achieve our goals in order to help lose the health disparity gaps that exist in our communities.
I would like to give a warm welcome to our NHPA Student Chapters, and than them for taking on the challenge of starting a new chapter in their schools and being ambassadors in their
. I vividly recall my pharmacy student days, and my wish for you all is for NHPA to elevate you and set you up for success in a thriving pharmacist career.
To all our NHPA members, from pre-pharmacy to licensed pharmacist, I urge you all to take a minute to reflect and determine the changes that you would like to have happen in your communities. How can NHPA support you? How would you like to get involved with NHPA to help achieve those goals? Change does not happen overnight, but rather through a multitude of small steps in the right direction.
I would also like to give a special thank you to our NHPA Corporate Sponsors - CVS, Walmart, and PhRMA, without whom NHPA would not have the means necessary to come to fruition.
Thank you to the National Hispanic Health Foundation Staff for all of your incredible support and dedication. Finally, I would like to express my utmost appreciation to our NHPA CEO, Dr. Elena Rios, MD, for her guidance.
Dra. Maria M. Hearns-Rivas, PharmD, APh, BCGP, CDE
President, National Hispanic Pharmacists Association