Health care reform legislation presents a unique opportunity for pharmacy issues to be heard. This toolkit contains the tools and resources you need to start advocacy projects at the local level. Advocacy is not only important – it's essential!
General Advocacy Resources
- Advocacy - Where Would You Even Start (Blog)
- Overview of Key Pharmacy Practice Issues
- Implementation of a grassroots advocacy movement through state and local collaboration
- Elevator Speech - Suggested Talking Points
Invite your Legislator to Work
Give your state and federal legislators an up close look at legislative issues relevant to pharmacy by hosting a visit at your site.
Attend a Legislative Day
A meeting with your elected official in their Washington D.C. or local office will educate them about your role on the healthcare team.
- Making introductions
- Planning for an office visit
- Virtual Meetings with Legislators
- Locate your legislators
- Sample Thank You Letter [DOC]
For More Information
- ASHP Advocacy Resources
- ASHP Grassroots Action Center
- Legislators Supported by ASHP
- Contribute to the ASHP-PAC
AJHP Literature Supporting Impact of Pharmacists' Services
- Removing patient access barrier through informatics integration in a clinic-based outpatient pharmacy
- Role of the pharmacist in refugee health
- Instilling value, quality, and safety through hematology and oncology stewardship
- The effect of an interprofessional pain service on nonmalignant pain control
- Medication therapy disease management: Geisinger’s approach to population health management
- Reduction of healthcare costs through a transitions-of-care program
- Impact of pharmacist-directed pain management service on an inpatient opioid use, pain control, and patient safety.
- Treatment of patients with HIV or hepatitis C by pharmacist clinicians in a patient-centered medical home.
- Medicare annual wellness visits conducted by a pharmacist in an internal medicine clinic