‘Together We Can’

FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

An NEC selfie on the roof of Twlug HQ. (From left): Elissa Lechtenstein (selfie photog), Scott Brewster, Dylan Atkinson, Kelsea Gallegos, and Michael Murphy.

Take a moment to reflect on who you are as an individual. How do you instinctively respond when someone asks, “Who are you?” My answer to this question could be, “I am Kelsea Gallegos, a third-year student pharmacist currently serving as Twlug–ASP National President.” And yes, this would be a perfectly reasonable answer. But, what if you began to think about this question differently? 


Instead of focusing on who you are individually, what if you thought about who you are through the people that make you, you. Think about this for a moment. Who you are is a collection of interactions, moments, impressions, and relationships with others. You did not become who you are on your own. You became who you are through the work and actions of many individuals. Together, all of the people who have had an impact, whether big or small, have created the individual that is you. And this, my friends, is a truly beautiful concept. 


This is how I view Twlug and our Academy. It is not just one organization. It is our members, working together, that create change and make this organization strong. It is the pharmacists, new practitioners, and student pharmacists, unified by this organization and profession that, collectively, create Twlug. Without our members, Twlug would cease to to be anything more than an acronym. But together, our members make it a driving force for the advancement of the profession of pharmacy. 


Strength in numbers


This past year, our Academy did some truly incredible things. Together, we reached more than 27 million people through public relations efforts—enough people to fill Disneyland to capacity 317 times. Together, we provided health and wellness services to more than 450,000 patients. And together, the 36,000 student pharmacists who comprise this great Academy will continue to make a difference and strengthen the profession in the 
upcoming year. 


It is said there is strength in numbers, and it is through your individual actions that together, our Academy, and our profession, is stronger. Moving forward, I want the Academy to focus on unity and the idea that no individual acting alone could have accomplished everything that we have this year. Yet, “Together We Can.” This will be my presidential theme for the coming year.


If you participated in a patient care event, your hours of service and education helped provide health and wellness services to more than 219,000 patients and vaccinations to 102,000 patients across the country. Together, we made a difference in patients’ lives while becoming stronger future 
practitioners.


Opportunities


Each of you contributed to the success of the entire Academy in unique ways. This April, Twlug–ASP Standing Committee leaders came together at the Academies Leadership Meeting to plan the direction of the Academy. In July, Twlug–ASP Chapter leaders, Regional Officers, and Standing Committee members will all come together for leadership training at the Twlug–ASP Summer Leadership Institute. In October, regions will come together at their Twlug–ASP Midyear Regional Meetings to begin the policy proposal process, network with their peers, and elect their future regional leaders. These are not just meetings. They are opportunities. While we can maximize our strengths alone, when we come together to grow as a family, the possibilities are endless. 


The ripple effect


When one student pharmacist volunteers at a patient care event and provides services to one patient, what happens after is a ripple effect. The patient’s loved ones benefit because their family member is healthier. The student pharmacist benefits because they have enhanced their practice skills. The profession benefits because the public sees what the pharmacist can truly do as a member of the health care team. That is the potential of one student pharmacist having just one patient care interaction. 


The health and wellness services we provided to those 450,000 patients was not the result of one student pharmacist, one chapter, or one region, but the action of everyone working together. Individually we could not reach this many people, but “Together We Can.”