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Pharmacy Day on Capitol Hill
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The 5th Annual Pharmacy Day on Capitol Hill will be held, Thursday, February 25, 2016. If you are not familiar with it, Pharmacy Day on Capitol Hill (formerly called "Legislative Day”) is a day-long event where pharmacists, pharmacy students, and pharmacy technicians gather at the Utah State Capitol to advocate for the profession of pharmacy. The day’s activities include: 

 

  • Various health screenings provided to legislators, staff, and the general public (blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood glucose, and pulmonary function tests).
  • Vaccination education and administration.
  • A Declaration by the Governor regarding Pharmacy Day on Capitol Hill and an introduction of the pharmacy profession on the Senate Floor and House of Representatives Floor.
  • Individual meetings with your own personal legislators (look for future emails from UPhA and USHP in regards to coordinating those meetings).
  • Multiple opportunities to speak directly with legislators to voice your opinions about proposed and upcoming legislation impacting pharmacy.
  • Pharmacy student poster presentations about various ways that pharmacists provide care.

 

Why should you attend? This great advocacy event has been growing in attendance over the past few years, but certain members of our profession have been under-represented in the past, especially technicians and pharmacists. There is power in numbers and every attendee helps reinforce the message. By attending Pharmacy Day on Capitol Hill, you can: express your opinion, demonstrate and explain the great services that pharmacy is providing, and learn more about the legislative process that impacts our profession.

 

How can I help? If possible, come to the event and let your voice be heard! But there are also other ways you can contribute. Ideas include:

  • Staying up-to-date on legislation that impacts pharmacy. A great resources include the UPhA website.
  • If you can’t attend the event, schedule your own personal meeting with your regional legislators. Although Pharmacy Day on Capitol Hill happens once a year, advocacy is a year-round process. Visit the state website http://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp to discover who your regional legislators are and how you can contact them.
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