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UAA/ISU students make strides at Alaska Pharmacy Day at the Capitol, also known as "Capitol Fly-in Day"

Students in gray pharmacy jackets stand with College of Pharmacy leadership on the steps of the Alaska Capitol Building during UAA ISU Capitol Fly-In Day 2019

March  2019 - POCATELLO, ID

This year 10-students and 4-faculty/staff members from the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy Anchorage, Alaska campus spent 2-days in Juneau advocating for the profession of pharmacy and providing community outreach.  Notable team accomplishments include:

Capitol Visit (AkPhA Rep Alex Marinelli, Rep-in-training Kellie Rasay):  Alex and Kellie worked with Caren Robinson, AKPhA lobbyist, to establish a Pharmacy Advocacy Plan.

  • The Capitol Day, Pharmacy Advocacy Plan included:

- one-hour training, for ALL students and faculty, on legislative process

- orientation "How to engage with state legislators"

- Materials for State Legislators (SETMuPP Grant team)

- statistics supporting provider status (Medical Benefit Billing)

- educational program support (SHARP program)   

- in-person meetings of ALL students with State Legislators   

Operation Diabetes/Heart/Immunization (Chair Janelle Solbos, Co-chair Talethia Bogart): Provided point of care testing (glucose/A1c/cholesterol), blood pressure screening, immunizations, and educational outreach to the community and state legislators.

  • Juneau Senior Center Outreach:

45 point of care tests administered

2 influenza vaccines administered

  • Juneau Drug Outreach:

point of care tests administered

4 influenza vaccines administered

  • Ron’s Apothecary Outreach:

45 point of care tests administered

3 influenza vaccines administered

  • State Capitol Outreach:

14 influenza vaccines administered in state Capitol

Generation Rx (Chair Michelle Bai, Co-chair Ron Wagoner, Patient Care VP Corrie Black): In-class presentation “Effects of Marijuana on the Developing Brain” and hands-on-student activity "Electricity Game.”

  • Student Outreach: (Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School)

4 classes, ~100 students between 11 and 14 years of age.

Student Recruitment (Alaska Program Coordinator Christina Jackson, ISU Ambassador Aminda Skan): Promoted UAA/ISU College of Pharmacy Program

  • University of Alaska Southeast:

- ~25 undergraduate students

  • Thunder Mountain High School:

- ~20 students

  • Juneau Douglas High School: 

- ~25 students

We would like to thank AKPhA for Outreach Travel support, Providence Alaska Medical Center for vaccine donation, and Faith Lutheran Church for housing students. 

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