Public Health Matters: Getting Involved With State Pharmacy Associations, Advocating for Pharmacists, Promoting Professional Development

Season 2, Episode 21,   May 23, 01:00 PM

In this episode, host Dr. Christina Madison interviews Kate Gainer, PharmD, CEO of the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) to discuss the significance of state pharmacy associations in advocating for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, advancing public health initiatives, as well as shaping legislative priorities. Dr. Gainer also walks through her journey into pharmacy advocacy, emphasizes the importance of engagement in legislative advocacy.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Importance of State Pharmacy Associations: The episode underscores the critical role of state pharmacy associations in advocating for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, supporting legislative initiatives, and facilitating collaborations with public health departments. State associations also serve as a bridge between pharmacists and policymakers, and have the ability to provide pharmacists opportunities for involvement and advocacy at the state level.
  2. Advocacy and Legislative Initiatives: Dr. Kate Gainer highlights the ongoing advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives pursued by state pharmacy associations. These initiatives include updating pharmacy practice acts, advocating for payment reform to support pharmacists' expanded roles, and collaborating with legislators to advance policies that benefit the pharmacy profession and patient care.
  3. Professional Development and Engagement: The conversation emphasizes the importance of professional development and engagement for pharmacists, encouraging them to get involved in their state pharmacy associations. Dr. Gainer shares her own journey into association leadership, emphasizing that it's never too late to get involved and make a difference, and that by engaging in advocacy, networking, and professional growth opportunities, pharmacists can contribute to positive change within the profession and the health care system.
Connect with Dr. Kate Gainer on LinkedIn.