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October Student Political Action Resources and CommunicationName, Office1Upcoming Dates and DeadlinesStanding Committee Application ProcessGood Government Student Pharmacist AwardYour Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM)Event Highlight: Advocacy BoothsYour Voice, Your Vote 2012Chapter Spotlight: Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy

OutlineThis is the second installment of Student Political Action Resources and Communications (SPARC) from your APhA-ASP Policy Standing Committee. The goal of this SPARC is to provide you with dates, deadlines and resources to become more involved in the policy process within APhA-ASP through various leadership positions, awards and MRM resolutions. We encourage you to get involved, take advantage of everything that APhA-ASP has to offer and recognize your chapters successes!2October 17th: Make Your Mark in the Media Day!November 1st: Good Government Student Pharmacist of the Year AwardAPhA-ASP Awards Submission (Student Leadership, Tice, Dean, Chapter Advisor DeadlineNovember 15th:APhA Experiential Program application submission deadline (for APPE students)December 1st:PharmFlix SubmissionsAPhA Foundation Scholarship ApplicationsStanding Committee ApplicationsSPAN Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

For your convenience, we have outlined some of the important upcoming dates and deadlines for MRM, awards, scholarships and various events. More information about each bullet point can be found by going to www.pharmacist.com and searching for the specific topic.3MRM Resolutions are due 2-3 weeks prior to your respective MRMs. Contact your Regional Delegate for specific dates.MRM Hotel Registration Cut Off: http://www.pharmacist.com/node/30060SPAN Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

For your convenience, we have outlined some of the important upcoming dates and deadlines for MRM, awards, scholarships and various events. More information about each bullet point can be found by going to www.pharmacist.com and searching for the specific topic.4Go to www.pharmacist.comSearch for APhA-ASP Leadership OpportunitiesDescription and ResponsibilitiesStanding Committee Application (due December 1st)Consider becoming more involved in APhA-ASP by applying to be on one of the Standing CommitteesAwardsCommunicationsEducationPolicyEmail current standing committee members with any questions you may have

Standing Committee Application Process

We wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to consider applying to be a part of one of APhA-ASPs Standing Committees in the upcoming year.5The Policy Standing Committee (PSC) works within APhA-ASP to

(1) Recommend policy issues to the APhA Policy Committee for consideration at the APhA House of Delegates(2) Advise the Association whenever such advice is sought on policy issues of major interest to student pharmacists(3) Propose policy issues for consideration at the Policy Proposal Forums conducted at the APhA-ASP MRMs(4) Make recommendations on policies, which address the immediate and longrange interests and concerns of student pharmacists(5) Review the resolutions most recently passed by the APhA-ASP House of Delegates and decides how each resolution will be implemented (6) Review each resolution and assigns the status of active, inactive or archivedThe Role of the Policy Standing CommitteeThe APhA-ASP Policy Standing Committee, in particular, reviews the resolutions most recently passed by the APhA-ASP House of Delegates and decides how each resolution will be implemented. Additionally, the Committee reviews each resolution and assigns the status of active, inactive or archived. The Committee also has the goals of bringing to the attention of the Association recommendations on policies which address the immediate and long range interests and concerns of the Academy and encouraging local chapters to educate their members about Academy resolutions through programs, discussions or community projects.

6To Improve Advocacy Resources for ChaptersSPAN Liaison Virtual BinderPatient education pamphlets

To Encourage Student Involvement in the Election CampaignHealthcare drivesOne vote campaignFacebook competition

To Recognize Chapters for Advocacy WorkPolicy Spotlight Chapter in our monthly communications and on Facebook

2012-2013 Goals of the PSCRecognizes a student pharmacist who raises awareness of local and national pharmacy issues to make a positive impact on our profession

Nomination packets are due November 1st

Selection is made by the APhA Political Action Committee Board of Governors

Winner is recognized at APhA Annual MeetingGood Government Student Pharmacist AwardIn addition to applying for various leadership opportunities within APhA-ASP, we would like to encourage each chapter to consider nominating one of their members who has exemplified what it means to advocate for the profession of pharmacy for the Good Government Student Pharmacist of the Year Award.8Find a computer lab or set up a group of laptops to allow chapter members, students and faculty to:Familiarize themselves with www.pharmacist.comSign-up to be advocacy key contactsContact members of Congress concerning key issues Check out the SPAN Virtual Binder on www.pharmacist.com for step-by-step details

Event Highlight: Advocacy Booths

Policy Booths are an easy way to keep students involved and encourage participation in pharmacy-related policy and advocacy events. The booth set-up is similar to the policy and advocacy booth held at the APhA Annual Meeting. It allows students to learn the important role that pharmacists play in the health care setting, view and familiarize themselves with www.pharmacist.com, sign-up to be Advocacy Key Contacts and contact members of Congress concerning key issues that affect pharmacy and are currently being discussed. A great time to hold a booth such as this could be during a week in October for American Pharmacists Month. If there are no important issues to educate legislators on at that particular point in time, you can always send a letter out to your representatives introducing yourself as a pharmacy student and tell a story about how you have improved patient care. Include the flyer Did You Know What Your Pharmacist Can Do for You (found in the virtual binder) with the letter out to representatives.9Campaign to promote student pharmacist involvement in the 2012 Presidential ElectionWe want to know what YOUR chapter is doing for the Your Voice, Your Vote 2012 Campaign! Fill out the chapter spotlight nomination form attached to the SPARCIdeas for your chapter to get involved:Host a Voters Registration or Pledge DriveHost patient care events at polling sitesCollaborate with organizations focused on national healthEducate your school and communityRaise funds for the APhA PAC

APhA-ASP Your Voice, Your Vote 2012 Campaign

To help you ensure your voice is heard, the APhA-ASP is launching the Your Voice, Your Vote 2012 campaign, an effort aimed at encouraging student pharmacists around the country to get involved in this year's historic election. As part of the Your Voice, Your Vote 2012 campaign, APhA-ASP has provided student pharmacists with information about voting procedures, presidential candidates' health care platforms, and opportunities to become involved as Election Day approaches. Remember, to make your voice heard on November 6th, it starts with one vote.

There are many ways your chapter can promote the profession and involvement in the presidential election in your school and community.Host a voter registration drive. Student pharmacists on either side of the ticket can work together to encourage citizens to exercise their right to vote. You can also take advantage of this time and educate the public on important issues related to pharmacy such as the MTM Empowerment Act. If it is past the deadline for in your state to register, you can host a voters pledge drive in which you ask registered voters to pledge to cast their vote on November 6th. One of the best ways to educate the public on what pharmacists can do is by involving your patient care committees in policy and advocacy through health fairs at polling sites. Lines to vote can get long while citizens wait to cast their vote. This is a perfect opportunity for you to promote pharmacy and a pharmacists role in patient care by providing screenings and education to the public. Be sure to review your states buffer zone laws as well as polling site hours. Your chapter can partner with organizations such as the Million Hearts Campaign and Vote and Vax to provide screenings and education on national health issues.As a healthcare professional, it is important to know the issues related to healthcare and pharmacy and each candidates platform on them. Be sure to research and become familiar with these topics and candidates plan for our nations healthcare system.Election season is a great time to educate students about the APhA PAC. The mission of the APhA Political Action Committee (APhA-PAC) is to support candidates for federal office who have demonstrated support for pharmacy issues and recognize the value of pharmacists in the health care system. Ask students to set up a recurring donation of just $2/month to the PAC and invite faculty and staff or other practicing pharmacists to match those donations. If every student donated $2/month, our PAC would have over $750,000 to support legislators who support pharmacy.

10Midwestern University Chicago College of PharmacyWith 12 student pharmacists and 6 faculty members, Mayor Martin T. Tully proclaimed October as American Pharmacists month to Downers Grove Village Council and millions of television viewers within the community, as the event was broadcast on Channel 6 Cable Television