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Student Pharmacists Attend Government Relations Advocacy Program

Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association

HARRISBURG, PA - The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) selected five students from Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy, Laura Brickett (class of 2016), Hanna Cawoski (2017), Mariah Corso (2017), Michaela Palermo (2017), and Rachael Richter (2017), to participate in the Seventh Annual Government Relations Advocacy for Student Pharmacists (GRASP) program held February 28-March 2, 2014 in Harrisburg, PA.

The program included presentations on: advocacy, leadership, legislative issues and being involved in professional organizations. Featured guest speakers included Representative Seth Grove (R-York), who spoke about a legislator's prospective; and Terry Talbott, R.Ph., Chair of the State Board of Pharmacy, who spoke about the role of the State Board of Pharmacy.

This program is a weekend leadership and advocacy-building retreat, designed for students. A limited number of student pharmacists from across the Commonwealth are accepted to participate in the program through an application process. Upon successful completion of the course and related assignments, students are presented with a Certificate of Achievement and a GRASP lapel pin which can be proudly worn on their pharmacy white coat, or on other clothing to pharmacy events. Those who participate in the program walk away with a better understanding of state government and its impact on pharmacy - information which is important for all areas of pharmacy practice.
Founded in 1878, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is a professional membership organization of more than 2,000 pharmacists and pharmacy students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, representing almost all facets of pharmacy practice. As the leading voice of pharmacy in Pennsylvania, it promotes the profession through advocacy, education, and communication to enhance patient care and public health.

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Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association