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September/October SPARC Student Political Action Resources and Communications. In This Issue…. Writing an Effective Resolution Provider Status American Pharmacists Month Dive into the Policy Process Policy Vice President Toolkit Update on 2013 Resolutions Chapter Spotlight.

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September october sparc student political action resources and communications

September/October SPARC

Student Political Action Resources

and Communications


September october sparc student political action resources and communications

In This Issue…

  • Writing an Effective Resolution

  • Provider Status

  • American Pharmacists Month

  • Dive into the Policy Process

  • Policy Vice President Toolkit

  • Update on 2013 Resolutions

  • Chapter Spotlight


September october sparc student political action resources and communications

Writing the Best Resolutions

  • What do you wish was different about the practice of pharmacy?

  • Drafting a proposed resolution for the APhA-ASP House of Delegates is one of the most powerful ways you can make your voice as a student pharmacist heard!

  • Brainstorm potential ideas with your chapter and select the best topic.


September october sparc student political action resources and communications

Writing the Best Resolutions

  • Chapters submit their proposed resolutions and discuss during the regional Webinar.

  • Chapters revise their resolution and then receive final list of proposed resolutions from each chapter in their region (sent at least one week prior to the MRM).

  • Be prepared for some great discussion at MRM!

  • If passed at MRM, your resolution will be submitted to the APhA-ASP Resolutions Committee for discussion.

  • If your resolution is accepted, it will be placed on the agenda for the APhA-ASP House of Delegates where your peers will have the opportunity to discuss and vote on your idea!

  • Make your voice heard and make a positive impact on the future of pharmacy, draft a resolution today!


September october sparc student political action resources and communications

Tips for Writing Resolutions

  • Ensure resolution is:

    • Actionable

    • Addresses national concerns in pharmacy

    • Timely and not covered in previous policy

  • Do your research!

  • Be creative!

  • Don’t get stuck on the wording…


September october sparc student political action resources and communications

Provider Status Update

What is provider status?

  • Pharmacists and pharmacists’ patient care services are not included in key sections of the Social Security Act (SSA), which determines eligibility for health care programs such as Medicare Part B.

    What are the barriers to Provider Status?

  • Because of immense financial pressures being experienced in all three sectors, decision makers are focusing on initiatives that save money, referred to as “savers,” rather than those that require new spending, referred to as “costers.”


September october sparc student political action resources and communications

Provider Status Update

What can we, as student pharmacists, do?

  • There are 3 major activities that that you and your chapter can take part in.

    • Participate in an Academy-wide Facebook campaign promoting provider status.

    • Attend several webinars throughout the year related to provider status.

    • Compete in the APhA-ASP Policy Postcard Challenge that will be addressed to legislators and written from the perspective of patients explaining the value of student pharmacists and the healthcare services student pharmacists and pharmacists can provide.


September october sparc student political action resources and communications

October is American Pharmacists Month

  • October is American Pharmacists Month (APhM), and it is an excellent opportunity to put your skills to work by advocating for the profession of pharmacy.

  • With the theme of “Know Your PHARMACIST, Know Your MEDICINE,” APhM presents an opportunity to plan numerous activities that integrate policy and advocacy into the month-long celebration of the profession.


September october sparc student political action resources and communications

Suggested Ideas for American Pharmacists Month

  • Organize a health screening at your state capitol.

  • Invite elected officials to visit a local pharmacy.

  • Invite elected officials to visit your school of pharmacy.

  • Write and opinion editorial for your school or local newspaper.

  • Pass out advocacy flyers at sporting events.

  • Include advocacy pamphlets in patient medication bags .

  • Hang APhM Logo in local pharmacy windows.

  • Utilize social media.

  • Create a PhamFlixvideo.

  • Public proclamation of October as American Pharmacists Month.


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