At the national level, APhA’s Government Affairs team maintains a regular presence in Congress—meeting with legislators, monitoring Congressional committees, and seeking to positively impact the profession through our daily efforts on Capitol Hill. However, the efforts made by our Washington, DC, staff are most effective when combined with those by constituent pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians.
As a pharmacist, student pharmacist, or pharmacy technician, you are both a constituent and a person knowledgeable in pharmacy services. By advocating for your profession, you make sure your voice is heard:
- Legislators cannot be experts in everything, but they want to understand their constituents.
- You are the expert! No one else can give policy makers the frontline information you have about your pharmacy practice or about your profession.
- Through advocacy, you contribute to the betterment of your profession, community, patients, and country.
- This is how our system works. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees your right to petition the government.
Who can advocate? Anyone! We encourage all APhA members to get involved.