What Is Policy Week?
ASHP Policy Week serves as the kickoff to the ASHP policymaking process and the foundation of ASHP's advocacy efforts. Nearly 100 ASHP members who serve on five policy-recommending councils and the Commission on Affiliate Relations spend two days deliberating the profession’s most pressing issues. The result is the formation of recommendations and policies that are a key part of ASHP’s advocacy efforts and form the basis of our outreach to decision-makers like Congress, quality organizations, and other stakeholders. After Policy Week, the ASHP Board of Directors meets to review outcomes that are then approved by the House of Delegates during its session at the ASHP Summer Meetings & Exhibition every June.
Policy Week 2019 Key Issues:
- Violence and firearm injury and death
- Mental health resources and training programs
- Substance abuse and the elderly
- Continuous and extended interval antibiotic dosing
- Impact of hospital closures in rural/medically underserved areas
- Drug importation
ASHP Legislative Day
ASHP Policy Week participants go to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their aides to educate them about pharmacists’ patient care roles and to garner support for ASHP’s top legislative priorities. These meetings provide a valuable opportunity for legislators to hear how issues like drug shortages, rising drug costs, and the opioid crisis affect patients.
How You Can Help
Support Your Colleagues on Capitol Hill During ASHP’s Legislative Day
Help make sure that every member of Congress hears about the important role that pharmacists play in patient care. Send an email to your congressional representatives describing your contributions to the healthcare team and offering to serve as a resource on healthcare issues. You’ll amplify the voice of the ASHP members who will visit Capitol Hill on September 11.