NACDS’ Director of Grassroots Programs Heidi Ecker spoke to student pharmacists on January 27 about the importance of getting involved in the healthcare policy discussion at the local, state and national levels at Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy in Spokane, Wash.

Ecker asked the students, “How many of you voted in the last election? Guess what, if you voted you’ve already engaged. This is the beginning of the red carpet status that you have with your elected officials.”

The NACDS RxIMPACT training program presentation, “Effective Grassroots Involvement in the Policymaking Process,” outlined best practices for WSU’s future pharmacists to use when contacting their local representatives, and why it is so important for them to do so. Ecker emphasized that their input makes a difference, and their representatives want to know the story about their impact on the community.

NACDS has also created a new group on LinkedIn that is designed to help key advocates hear first about opportunities to defend and advance pharmacy. Join today!

For more information, please contact NACDS’ Heidi Ecker at 703-837-4121.