Why Pharmacists Should Advocate for a Single-Payer Healthcare System – Guest Writers Thomas J. Cook and Tashrique Rahman

If you ask a pharmacist or student pharmacist what motivated them to follow their career path, a common answer will likely include the desire to improve people’s lives through quality pharmaceutical care. If you ask a practicing pharmacist what most frustrates them about their pharmacy career, you are likely to hear a litany of complaintsContinue reading “Why Pharmacists Should Advocate for a Single-Payer Healthcare System – Guest Writers Thomas J. Cook and Tashrique Rahman”

Free the Pill: Leveraging Pharmacists to Address Contraception Deserts and Enhance Access – Guest Writers Lynda Nguyen and Cortney Mospan

During my three years of didactic learning, advocacy for and the advancement of the pharmacy profession, MY profession, admittedly fell by the wayside. Instead, my focus was solely on my present – exams, organizational activities, internships, etc. Looking at the current state of the profession and patients’ health disparities didn’t seem as imperative as theContinue reading “Free the Pill: Leveraging Pharmacists to Address Contraception Deserts and Enhance Access – Guest Writers Lynda Nguyen and Cortney Mospan”

What Pharmacist Advocates Need to Know – March 2021

Another month has gone by, which means it’s time for an edition of the Monthly Roundup. This has been an incredibly busy month in health policy, and we have done our best to compile the highlights for you. From a new COVID-19 relief bill to the approval of a new vaccine, there is a lotContinue reading “What Pharmacist Advocates Need to Know – March 2021”

Advocating for the mental health of pharmacists and their patients – Guest Writer Amy Reese

Mental health concerns are a lurking crisis in America that have only been increased by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 19% of adults in the United States struggled with a mental illness as of 2018. As of 2019, of the 19.2% of adults who received treatment forContinue reading “Advocating for the mental health of pharmacists and their patients – Guest Writer Amy Reese”

Pharmacists in the Spotlight: Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination

The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination will launch this week with a goal to increase access to the vital vaccination across the United States. Early on in the pandemic, pharmacists were identified as trusted members of the health care team to provide testing and education to the public. As vaccines have become available,Continue reading “Pharmacists in the Spotlight: Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination”

The Future of the Supreme Court of the United States and Healthcare

With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist icon and inspiration to many, the future of many healthcare issues are uncertain. The Supreme Court of the United States serves to protect the rights and liberties of the American people and utilizes the Constitution to ensure “Equal Justice Under Law.” Although the precedent was setContinue reading “The Future of the Supreme Court of the United States and Healthcare”

Pharmacists’ patients lose access to meds as USPS disrupted

As the medication experts on the healthcare team, pharmacists understand the negative impact when patients do not have access to their necessary and life-saving medications. For many unfortunate reasons, the current disruption with the United States Postal Service (USPS) must be addressed as millions of patients receive their medication by mail and thus are facingContinue reading “Pharmacists’ patients lose access to meds as USPS disrupted”

An Open Letter to Incoming Student Pharmacists: Our Profession Needs you

Dear Incoming Student Pharmacists, Congratulations, and welcome to the profession of pharmacy! You have taken the first step in the incredible journey of becoming the most accessible and one of the most trusted healthcare professionals, a pharmacist. Take this moment to reflect on the incredible hard work and dedication that resulted in you being whereContinue reading “An Open Letter to Incoming Student Pharmacists: Our Profession Needs you”

Advocacy Advice: How to advocate through print media

As a result of a world where policies are constantly changing because of the pandemic, we at The Grassroots Pharmacist have been largely focused so far on providing updates on all of these changes. However, a key piece of our purpose is not only to provide educational content on the ties between health policy andContinue reading “Advocacy Advice: How to advocate through print media”

Advocacy Alert: How to ask for provider status inclusion in the next COVID-19 bill

The next COVID-19 legislative package In this “new normal” of the pandemic we have seen giant pieces of legislation being crafted and passing through Congress. These packages are being used for a variety of different issues in order to help the country respond to the pandemic. We saw the results of the CARES Act asContinue reading “Advocacy Alert: How to ask for provider status inclusion in the next COVID-19 bill”