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ICHP Champions Update
The End of an Era

by Julie Downen, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP; Antimicrobial Stewardship Coordiator; Memorial Medical Center; ICHP Champions Chair; ICHP Central Region Director

Technology is constantly changing and as it does, ICHP is determined to adapt to meet our members’ needs. In May of this year, the ICHP Board of Directors approved the elimination of the Champions subcommittee. When the Champions program was rolled out in 2009, our Champions served as a liaison between ICHP and pharmacists and technicians throughout Illinois. Over the years, our Champions posted news briefs on pharmacy billboards and set up webinars at institutions. As technology has evolved, ICHP is now able to offer these services directly to each member. 

Here is what you can expect:
  • Lunch-time webinars will still be held at least every other month. Instead of contacting your worksite champion to participate, you will be able to dial-in to the webinar from anywhere which will provide greater convenience and access for participation. You can still organize a departmental webinar for both live or home study webinars.
  • The Champions News Brief will now be called the ICHP News Brief and will continue to be published and distributed to all members. 
  • As always, all of this content will continue to be available on the ICHP website.

Finally, we want to take a moment to thank all of our Champions (past and present) for the time and energy that they have dedicated to being a Champion. It’s because of you that we were able to sustain and advance such a successful program for more than 10 years. Thank you for all that you do and continue to do for ICHP.

Now, we are all champions! ■



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