Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Critical Issue 4: Advocacy

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Critical Issue 4: Advocacy

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How do we strategically position AACP to carry out its advocacy agenda to build recognition of our members' contributions to the health of the public?

Advocacy Update

With the second session of the 114th Congress moving toward conclusion and a new administration on the horizon, AACP focused its advocacy on demonstrating the alignment of the teaching, research and service activities at our member institutions with important public policy discussions and initiatives. These public policy discussions and initiatives include:

* Speeding biomedical innovation to patients in need of cures;

* Reducing the negative consequences of opioid drug use and the alarming increase in heroin use; and

* Continued action to help users of tobacco products quit and to ensure that non-users never start.

AACP met with and shared information with congressional, White House and agency staff responsible for initiatives including:

* 21st Century Cures Act (HR 2);

* Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot initiative;

* President Obama's opioid abuse and heroin use initiative; and

* The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's TIPS campaign

* Pharmacist Provider Status Information shared included:

* Three new issue briefs describing our engagement in and commitment to innovation, professional and graduate education and interprofessional education;

* Research statistics related to cancer research gathered through our Faculty Research Grants Database;

* Statement of commitment that our members would be or already are "educating every student to be ready to provide, according to state law, life-saving interventions to patients and individuals who may encounter those at risk of overdose from opioid use and counsel them on appropriate use of these life-saving interventions;" and

* A report, Getting to zero: The role of academic and professional pharmacy in tobacco cessation, describing the teaching, research and service tobacco cessation activities at our member institutions. …

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