After settling into the hotel, 46 students representing 46 different pharmacy schools from across the nation gathered together and sat at round tables. There was a faculty leader also seated at each table. Table 5’s faculty leader was Hannah Fish. Hannah recently graduated from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and now works for Pharmacy Quality Alliance. She was very well spoken throughout our discussions and encouraged us to really take advantage of the experiences we were going to have the following day on Capitol Hill.
There were seven other students, including myself that sat at Table 5. Here is a picture of us all together! They represent pharmacy schools from Michigan to Alabama back to Massachusetts.
Our first day consisted of a few speakers and then some role playing to practice what we were going to say the following day on The Hill! Read on to learn more about the different speakers!
Thank you for taking an interest in “the blog”! My name is Katie Alfond and I’m currently in my first professional year of pharmacy school at Northeastern University. I recently had the opportunity to participate in The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) RxIMPACT day on Capitol Hill to help push pro-pharmacy legislation through to law. It was an incredible experience and the inspiration for this blog.
The conference was held March 16th- March 17th. The first day was training for all of the student pharmacists and the second day was our venture to Capitol Hill with other pharmacists from all titles and backgrounds.
I have broken my blog up into different pages for anyone to quickly reference the diferent things I write about in case it helps them to participate in their own legislative days.
The cool thing about policy is that it is never stagnant. It’s always changing, I’m always learning more and meeting people who add to the story. I wanted to get the start of this blog published, but it’s something I’m hoping to continue adding to for a while so keep checking back!