WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - July 15, 2016) - The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), with the support of Amgen, Cardinal Health, and Rite Aid, will host leadership and professional development programming this weekend in Washington, DC, for 240 student pharmacists. The schedule will kick off with 223 student pharmacists visiting 125 Congressional offices on Capitol Hill to advocate for pharmacists' recognition as 'providers' in health care.
To be held July 15-17, the APhA-ASP Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) is designed to help APhA-ASP chapter officers develop their leadership skills as they prepare to guide their chapter to continued success. The SLI will provide attendees with interactive leadership sessions, and discussions focused on team building and effectively connecting with their communities.
In addition, the APhA New Practitioner Network (NPN), with the support of Walmart Pharmacy, will hold the second annual A Day of NP L.I.F.E. on July 15 and July 16. The programming, designed exclusively for pharmacists within their first five years of graduation, will include personal and professional workshops, as well as networking during dinner at APhA's historic headquarters and at a Washington Nationals baseball game. Sixty new practitioners will be in attendance.
Keith D. Marciniak, Pharmacist, APhA Senior Director of Student & New Practitioner Development, noted that the Hill visits are a unique opportunity for the student pharmacists attending from across the country. "As a constituent and a student pharmacist, meeting in-person with Congressional representatives and/or their staff is the most effective way to promote pharmacy-specific legislative issues and develop relationships with lawmakers," Marciniak said.
"Members of Congress and their staff know that an issue is important when their constituents and voters take the time to travel all the way to Washington, DC, to meet with them in person and share their personal stories," Marciniak added. "These same offices also tend to put more stock into messages and opinions from those with whom they have relationships. Capitol Hill visits are that initial step toward developing those relationships."
To learn more about this weekend's events, visit the APhA-ASP Summer Leadership Institute and the APhA New Practitioner Network.
About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 63,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. For more information, please visit www.pharmacist.com.