Tools & Resources

State Affiliate Tool Kit

The ASHP’s Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) aims to advance pharmacy practice and advance patient care in hospitals and health systems across the U.S. Support and engagement at the state level is critical to the initiative's advancement. This tool kit was designed to arm state affiliate leaders with turn-key tools needed to advance the PAI within their state. Thank you to the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin for their collaboration with ASHP and ASHP Foundation to develop this Self-Assessment Tool Kit.

Optimizing the Practice Advancement Initiative PAI at the State Level


To Do List for Implementation of PAI

Consider this "to do" list as a template for state affiliate involvement in the implementation of the PAI.  Sample documents and tools are linked throughout the list.  The activities listed below represent approximately 24 months of PAI activity led by the state affiliate.

Engage: Create a PAI State Leadership Team/Task Force
  • Consider including key health-system leaders from your state, including leaders from both small and large sites
  • Consider inviting pharmacy residents, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians
  • Gain a commitment from a volunteer chair or co-chairs to serve as "champions" for advancing PAI in your state
  • Announce creation of Leadership Team to state affiliate members [PDF]
Prepare: Have all members of the State PAI Leadership Team review the PAI website
Discuss: Convene a meeting of the State PAI Leadership Team
  • Consider using this PAI Leadership Team Discussion [DOC]
  • Discuss how to advance the PAI in the state
  • Develop an HSA and ACSA dissemination plan and completion goal
  • Communicate the goals of the hospital self-assessment and the ambulatory care self-assessment, such as the ability to gauge alignment with the consensus recommendations and monitor progress
Promote: Promote statewide completion of PAI HSA and action plan

For the Hospital Self-Assessment:

  • Compile a list of hospital pharmacy directors and contact information
  • Set a deadline and goal for completion (suggested completion goal: 60-80% of hospitals in state)
  • Email HSA link with HSA request for completion [DOC] through an email blast
  • Email HSA link as HSA follow-up request [DOC] after four weeks

For the Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment:

  • Compile a list of ambulatory care practice sites and/or practitioners and collect contact information
  • Set a deadline and goal for completion (suggested completion goal: 60-80% of hospitals in state)
  • Email ACSA link with ACSA request for completion through an email blast
  • Email ACSA link as ACSA follow-up request after four weeks 

To enhance completion rate, have Leadership Team members and/or residents working with Team members contact individual directors. ASHP can provide status reports regarding completed assessments by contacting

Expand: Plan and conduct a forum at an upcoming state affiliate conference
Evaluate: Convene a second State PAI Leadership Team
Share: Plan and conduct a second statewide forum of hospital pharmacy leaders
  • This forum could be part of an existing state affiliate conference or a stand-alone event
  • Consider using this State Wide PAI Meeting 2 [DOC]
  • Forum programming could include:
    • Explanation of objectives for the state-based PAI project
    • Review of data from the HSA and ACSA
    • Sharing of best practices for implementation of PAI consensus statements
    • Next steps for PAI in state
Reconvene: Convene a third meeting of the State PAI Leadership Team
  • Review the survey data, to evaluate practice gaps suggested by state survey data. ASHP can provide you with a state-based report of practice gaps. Contact the Affiliate Relations Division for these reports.
  • Discuss and determine possible educational, policy, communication and resource efforts to close gaps
  • Determine how to present and discuss the state data at another statewide forum
  • Review and discuss outcomes of second statewide forum
  • Discuss role of state affiliate and ASHP in sharing and implementation of best practices

State Affiliate PAI Presentations


For questions about PAI and assistance with using this tool kit, please contact the ASHP Affiliate Relations Division.

ASHP and the ASHP Research Education would like to acknowledge the hard work of the Residents, Preceptors, members, and staff of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin for their work on creating the resources for this Tool Kit.