Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

The Report of the 2016-2017 Advocacy Standing Committee

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

The Report of the 2016-2017 Advocacy Standing Committee

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According to the Bylaws of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Advocacy Committee: "will advise the Board of Directors on the formation of positions on matters of public policy and on strategies to advance those positions to the public and private sectors on behalf of academic pharmacy."

President DiPiro presented the committee with the following charge:

1. Create a document describing opportunities for schools and colleges to advocate for their institutions and the profession at the local and state level. Identify model local advocacy programs to serve as examples. Include community engagement models as an approach to advocacy.

2. Using the portfolios of the winners of the Lawrence J. Weaver Community Engaged Service Award, the committee will determine a list of core components that lend themselves to successful community-engaged partnerships. These core components will be assessed for their alignment with current evidence related to the development of effective and sustainable community-engaged partnerships. Based on the assessment of alignment, the committee will determine which, if any, of the following: resource availability, capacity to implement, evidence, need, fit and readiness for replication are barriers to community-engaged partnerships which may yield actions by AACP to overcome those barriers.

Community Engagement

Community engagement is recognized as a cornerstone of successful advocacy strategies. Advocates recognize that increasing the number and diversity of engaged individuals and organizations is critical to gaining traction around an issue. AACP acknowledges the importance of community engagement through the annual Weaver Transformational Community Engagement Award. Other health professions education organizations also recognize exemplary community engagement. (1) The Carnegie Foundation supports community engagement, as an important component of a strong university, college or school, through its classification of community engagement campuses and provides the following definition:

"Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good." (2)

Community engagement is important for the professional development of students and career development of faculty. In support of these activities, the policy statements of AACP include two statements that recognize the importance of community engagement within academic pharmacy:

AACP supports efforts to develop and maintain strong, mutually
beneficial community-campus partnerships that demonstrate and recognize
the value of education and science scholarship and innovative practice
models that improve the qualityof individual and community health
outcomes. (3)
AACP will support member schools and colleges in their efforts to
develop pharmacy professionals committed to their communities and all
the populations they serve, by facilitating opportunities for the
development and maintenance of strong community-campus partnerships.

Student engagement with community partners is celebrated by AACP through the Student Community Engaged Service Award, which highlights exemplary co-curricular activities at our member institutions. These co-curricular activities are now important elements of the accreditation standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). …

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