AIHP Announces 2021 Board Election Results

AIHP is pleased to announce that Institute members have elected John Grabenstein, RPh, PhD, as the organization’s next president, and John E. Clark, PharmD, MS, FASHP, FFSHP, as a director. Their three-year terms will begin when they are formally installed at AIHP’s Annual Business Meeting, scheduled for November 18, 2021.

More than 200 of the Institute’s 400 individual members voted in the Board election held in May.

John Grabenstein + John Clark 2021 Election
Left: Dr. John Grabenstein; Right: Dr. John Clark.

Dr. Grabenstein was appointed to AIHP’s Board of Directors in January 2018 and is currently serving as the Institute’s Vice President. A globally recognized vaccinologist, pharmacist, and epidemiologist, Dr. Grabenstein was awarded APhA’s 2020 Remington Honor Medal for his leadership in promoting public health and wellness through immunization practice by pharmacists. Dr. Grabenstein has written more than 300 articles and 11 books, primarily on topics of immunization, public health, and leadership. Prior to his retirement in 2019, he was Global Executive Director of Medical Affairs for Merck Vaccines. He previously was Director of the US Department of Defense Military Vaccine Agency.

Dr. Grabenstein received his pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in 1980, a master’s degree in education from Boston University in 1988, and his doctorate in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina in 1999.

Professor Clark is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Pharmacy, where he also serves as the Director of Experiential Education and Pharmacy Residency Programs. He also is a Clinical Pharmacist and Faculty Preceptor in Ambulatory Care at the USF Morsani Health Center “BRIDGE” (Building Relationships and Initiatives Dedicated to Gaining Equality) Healthcare Clinic. The BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic is a student-run, multidisciplinary, non-profit clinic that services uninsured and underinsured patients in the Tampa area.

Professor Clark earned a BS in Pharmacy from Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and a PharmD from Florida A&M University. He earned an MS in Pharmaceutical Administration from Wayne State University and completed his residency training at Detroit General Hospital.

Professor Clark is a past president of the Association of Black Health-Systems Pharmacists (ABHP). Professor Clark has a deep and active interest in the history of pharmacy. His recently published book, Early Education of African American Pharmacists 1870-1975 (Bookstand Publishing 2021) traces the history of now-defunct African American pharmacy schools formed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the role they played bringing a significant number of African American pharmacists into the profession.

Dr. Grabenstein will succeed current AIHP President W. Clarke Ridgway, who is retiring from the Board. Professor Clark will succeed Director Angela Long, who is leaving the Board after serving two three-year terms.

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