March 20, 2018
Last week, more than 200 student pharmacists traveled to the Ohio Statehouse for the Ohio Pharmacists Association’s (OPA) Student Legislative Day. A number of pharmacy students from The Ohio State University attended to advocate for their profession.
Student Legislative Day is an event that allows student pharmacists to meet with legislators to educate them about the value of pharmacists in the world of health care. Each year, the Ohio Pharmacists Association and Ohio Colleges of Pharmacy join together for a day of advocacy to inform students of crucial legislation impacting pharmacy practice. Pharmacy Student Legislative Day is designed to develop open dialogue between student pharmacists and lawmakers.
Students heard from lawmakers and had the chance to individually visit the offices of legislators to advocate for issues that were important to their profession. This year’s advocacy topics included pricing transparency legislation, improving access for patients to epinephrine, and provider status for pharmacists.
“Advocating for yourself, your profession and our public is important. It may seem intimidating at first, but when you realize you are there to try to push the greater good, then it becomes an agenda that you can truly speak to,” said Logan Hunter, a third year PharmD student. “Putting yourself out there as an advocate helps build yourself personally and professionally and this event truly sets you up for success.”
We are proud of our students for being leaders and taking time out of class to push the profession forward.