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IL: Pharmacy Students Advocate for Profession

November 04, 2015

by Office of Communications

Students gather in Chicago to advocate for the pharmacy profession.

Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) students from the Downers Grove Campus chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) visited the Downers Grove Village Hall to hear the Honorable Martin T. Tully, Mayor, proclaim the month of October as American Pharmacists Month. In honor of this month, the students promoted their profession by calling the public to "Know Your Medicine. Know Your Pharmacist." The proclamation went live on local cable television, reaching additional members of the community with this message.

The chapter also organized an advocacy event in downtown Chicago inviting students from other pharmacy programs to join them. Students from Roosevelt University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science gathered with Midwestern University APhA-ASP members to educate the public about how pharmacists can improve patient care.  

Participants also addressed the misconceptions about pharmacists and informed individuals about the various services pharmacists offer as an integral part of the healthcare team, including medication therapy management, immunizations, and much more. In addition, students also encouraged the public to support the "Pharmacists Provide Care" campaign, which will recognize pharmacists as healthcare professionals by the Social Security Act and enable patient access to Medicare B services. 

"During the American Pharmacists Month advocacy event, I was able to raise awareness for the profession by educating the public about all of the services that pharmacists provide," said Emily Le, PS-I (CCP). "Pharmacists are one of the most easily accessible healthcare professionals, and yet we do not have provider status. By granting provider status, we, as pharmacists, will be able to increase healthcare accessibility for those who cannot afford it." 

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