Can Volunteering for a Political Campaign Help your Patients?
The experience that Kathryn R. Schultz, Pharm.D., MPH, FASHP, has had in the advocacy realm proves the old adage that all politics is local. The ASHP past president has been actively involved in advocating on behalf of pharmacists and pharmacy for more than 10 years. Most recently, Schultz volunteered for Sen. Al Franken’s reelection campaign. For Franken, Schultz worked the phones to reach out to voters, talk about the importance of going to the polls, and discuss where the senator stands on various issues. Read more
A First-Time Advocate Speaks
In September 2013, Tracy M. Hagemann, Pharm.D., FCCP, FPPAG, Professor, Department of Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Director of Clinical Affairs at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK, participated in ASHP’s Legislative Day. Here’s how her meeting helped Tracy become a resource for Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) during a critical debate on compounding legislation. Read more
How to Arrange a Congressional Site Visit
When then Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) arrived at Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, Kansas, in December 2009, it wasn’t because he was sick. His visit was part of an effort by Linda Radke, Pharm.D., the center’s pharmacy clinical coordinator, to build a relationship with her members of Congress as part of ASHP’s advocacy efforts. Read more
Midwestern Glendale Students Dive into Drug Shortages Advocacy
Ongoing national drug shortages that are negatively impacting pharmacists’ ability to care for patients can seem like an overwhelming problem to most practitioners. But Benjamin J. Thompson and Nicole M. Wilson, students at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, Glendale, Ariz., decided that they had a lot to contribute by educating fellow students, pharmacists, legislators, and other health care professionals about the issue. Read more