Pharmacists’ Day at the WV Legislature got off to a slick, snowy start. But students were out in full force to advocate for the profession of pharmacy and thank legislators for their service to the people of West Virginia.
Dr. Kristy Lucas, along with Dr. Susan Gardner, has been instrumental in helping students plan for the Pharmacists’ Day activities. According to Dr. Lucas, “Advocacy is a big part of the experience in training students as members of the profession of pharmacy at UC. We are so blessed to be located directly across the Kanawha River from the beautiful West Virginia state capitol building. Our student pharmacists have the opportunity to participate in the annual “Pharmacists Day in the Legislature” with the goal of keeping legislators informed of the importance that pharmacists play in the healthcare system. Sometimes we go to the capitol with specific issues that we would like legislators to address, while other times we go to simply keep up our relationship with legislators and serve as an educational resource for them on topics related tohealthcare and pharmacy, in particular. Our school works together with colleagues from the two other schools of pharmacy in the state to speak in a unified voice for the profession. As student pharmacists participate in this event, they are able to learn about advocacy while also helping to shape the future of their profession.”
Students also staff tables throughout the day to provide information and perform blood pressures and test blood glucose levels.
Albert Won, class of 2016, also helped to plan and coordinate everything that goes into a successful Pharmacists’ Day at the Legislature. When asked why he was willing to put in all the work to plan the day, Albert stated, “For me, Pharmacy Day at the Legislature was a productive experience. As my second year attending Pharmacy Day, we were able to thank our legislators for all their support for patient care. I am very proud that our school was the largest participating student group at Pharmacy Day. This event gives student pharmacists a hands-on experience to work with legislators. As this year’s Advocacy Chairperson, the legislators were impressed by students’ enthusiasm. Best part of the day was mingling with student pharmacists from WVU and Marshall. I was grateful that despite the snow, we were able to meet with the legislators as planned.”