American Pharmacists Month (APhM), and it’s a perfect time to reflect on the vital role you play in health care. You and your fellow pharmacists make a difference every day, so use APhM to show off what you can do, emphasizing the APhM theme, “Know your pharmacist. Know your medicine.” Here are some ways to celebrate your daily contributions to the health of your patients and community.
In the Community: Stage exhibits or booths at malls, grocery stores, or other community locations, and connect with shoppers to let them know that you are a qualified, knowledgeable, and accessible member of the health care team.
Online and in Media: Call your local television stations, newspaper, and radio stations to spread the word about your events and invite them to see what you do firsthand. Offer to be interviewed on medication or other health topics you are comfortable discussing, especially those that affect your community most.
On Campus: Hold giveaway events at school athletic events, and place APhM messages on the scoreboard and in the program. Talk to athletes and coaches about the medication issues that affect them.
Advocate: Host a visit at your pharmacy, pharmacy school, or other practice setting to make personal connections with lawmakers. Tell them about the services you provide and the untapped potential of pharmacists as health care providers. To learn how, visit www.pharmacistsprovidecare.com.
These are just a few suggestions! Let MPhA know what you and your pharmacy are planning; email firstname.lastname@example.org today.