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Advocating for Impact: Pandemic and Beyond - Policy and Advocacy Matters

Broadcast Date: June 14, 2021


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This podcast explores how the Advocacy and PAC Advisory Committee pushed for advocacy as a professional responsibility policy statement and why it is important for pharmacists to advocate for their profession.

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Nick GentileNick Gentile is the Director of Political Action Committee and Grassroots Engagement for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  In this position, he promotes ASHP’s grassroots mobilization efforts and its political action committee, ASHP-PAC. He received his bachelor’s degree from The American University, where he majored in political science and law in society. Prior to ASHP, Nick spent ten years at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) working in various positions within the government affairs department. He worked with state and local government affairs issues, federal relations, grassroots mobilization and BUILD-PAC (NAHB’s political action committee).

John HertigJohn B. Hertig, PharmD, MS, CPPS, FASHP, is Faculty and Vice-Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Butler University. Dr. Hertig lectures around the world and publishes on a variety of patient safety, leadership, administration, health policy topics. His research program focuses on enhancing the safety of the medication use process, while using pragmatic evidence to inform advocacy efforts. Dr. Hertig received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Purdue University. He completed a PGY1/PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration residency at The Ohio State University (OSU) Medical Center while also obtaining his Masters degree from OSU.

Melinda BurnworthMelinda Burnworth, PharmD, FASHP, FAzPA, BCPS, graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Pharmacy then completed residencies in Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) and Adult Internal Medicine (PGY2) at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia. Burnworth is a professor of pharmacy practice at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Arizona. Burnworth promotes advocacy by representing Arizona in the ASHP House of Delegates and serving on the ASHP Advocacy and PAC Advisory Committee.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.