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IL: Student Pharmacists Continue American Pharmacists Month Celebrations

October 24, 2014

by Office of Communications

Student pharmacists meet with Congressman Peter Roskam to discuss House Bill 4190.

Student pharmacists from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy's (CCP) American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) have been continuing to advocate in various ways to promote American Pharmacists Month during October.  After a successful community health fair, they reached out to their U.S. Representative to advocate for pharmacy legislation and held an American Pharmacists Month Awareness Event to advocate for the profession to the general public.

On October 14th, APhA-ASP members Kelsea Caruso, Jane Lee, Lauren San Juan, and Alison Svoboda met with Congressman Peter Roskam (6th District of Illinois) at his West Chicago district office.  They spoke to him about House Bill 4190, which if passed, would increase patient access to pharmacists' care in medically underserved areas.  The CCP students explained why this bill was important to them and how it would allow them to better become a part of the healthcare team after graduation.
 On October 18th, student pharmacists from multiple states joined together to advocate for their profession in downtown Chicago.  Student pharmacists from Purdue University in Indiana, Cedarville University in Ohio, Chicago State University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago united with Midwestern University CCP APhA-ASP for this event.  The student pharmacists met outside of the ABC 7 Chicago Studio, ready with their banner and posters promoting American Pharmacists Month.  ABC 7 took notice and filmed the student pharmacists on TV, cheering and holding their banners.  After, the student pharmacists walked to Millennium Park and other high-volume areas to hand out flyers with the American Pharmacists Month slogan, "Know your pharmacist, know your medicine" and talked to the public about what pharmacists can do for them. 

"When Kelsea [Caruso] (APhA-ASP Chapter President), initially created this event, she imagined that only a couple members from our chapter would attend," said Alison Svoboda, APhA-ASP Chapter President-elect. "We were excited to have more chapters join us, especially Purdue and Cedarville!"            

To see additional photos from both events, and the clip from their news appearance, visit To learn more about House Bill 4190 and what your pharmacist can do for you, visit  

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