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NACDS RxIMPACT Training Program

Mylan School of Pharmacy

Students of the Mylan School of Pharmacy were recently given an opportunity to learn about the varying roles of our nation's policymakers and how to use effective verbal and written communications to influence policy outcomes. Heidi Ann Ecker, Director of Government Affairs and Grassroots Programs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), presented a 50-minute educational session entitled "Effective Grassroots Involvement in the Policymaking Process" at the Bayer Learning Center on October 11. This RX IMPACT Training Program was attended by 200 pharmacy students, who were engaged in such topics as How to Determine Policymakers Representing Your Home and Pharmacy Store; An Elected Official's Daily Life; Why Power has Shifted to Voters, and What's Your Role in the Community. Ecker helped student pharmacists to understand ways to use face-to-face meetings with policymakers to advance a position, and build the important know-how to position oneself as an ongoing and reliable resource. The program did not cover policy positions, but was intended to inspire the audience to live by conviction and to become engaged in the political process.

Ecker has nearly 20 years of experience in federal lobbying and government relations experience in the national health care arena. In addition to complementing NACDS federal government relations activities to support its 150 retail chain pharmacy companies and 1,000 associate member companies, Ecker directs and orchestrates strategic grassroots programming, conducts field-based advocacy and grassroots trainings, and engages advocates to support NACDS policy priorities.

These skills will be used by nearly 200 Duquesne University student pharmacists in their annual visit to our nation's capitol to advance the understanding of the role of the pharmacist to policymakers on 30-31 October 2013.

Mylan School of Pharmacy

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.