APhA-ASP Women's Health Campaign
The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), with the support of Merck, and the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA), is committed to addressing the health education needs of women across the country. We recognize women’s health is community health. During the Fall of 2018, APhA-ASP chapters will work within their communities and on campuses to conduct programming that will:
- Increase student pharmacist awareness of the needs for women’s health education and opportunities for student pharmacists to conduct programming in the community
- Provide education on the HPV vaccine and increase understanding of the HPV vaccine use in cancer prevention
- Provide education on the pharmacist’s role in reproductive health, including hormonal contraceptive options and access to hormonal contraceptives
- Promote the profession of pharmacy and the role of pharmacists as a women’s health resource
APhA Women’s Health Resources
Many states now allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptives to increase and ensure patient access. This 4-hour online interactive training program will prepare pharmacists to discuss the hormonal contraceptive options available to prescribe, furnish or dispense, in accordance with state laws. This training meets the requirements for most states that currently allow pharmacist-furnished contraception.
Test Your Knowledge - HPV Quiz
As immunization providers, pharmacists have an important role in public health and protecting patients from vaccine-preventable diseases. CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the HPV vaccine for specific populations. Test your knowledge of HPV immunization with this short quiz.
During the 2018 APhA-ASP Summer Leadership Institute, chapter leaders received background information and examples of chapter activities in the area of women's health. You can also review this article from Pharmacy Today on women's health issues for programming ideas.
The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) promotes the sexual health of individuals, families, and communities by advocating sound policies and practices and educating the public, professionals and policy makers, in order to foster healthy sexual behaviors and relationships and prevent adverse health outcomes.
Educational resources (including videos, posters, and handouts) for healthcare providers and the public are available for use from ASHA. A few suggested resources include:
Chapter Recognition & Reporting Guidelines
Three APhA-ASP Chapters will be selected to conduct a poster presentation during the APhA2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Seattle, WA. Selected chapters will also have an article on their projects featured in Student Pharmacist Magazine. The selected chapters will receive a complimentary registration for one student and faculty advisor. The APhA-ASP National Executive Committee will review the report submissions and select the top three chapters during their 2019 January Business Meeting. The selected chapters will be notified and announced by mid-January.
To qualify to be selected for the poster presentation and complimentary registrations, APhA-ASP Chapters must complete at least one activity in each of three required areas:
- Promoting the importance of the HPV vaccine in preventing cancer
- Promoting the pharmacist’s role in reproductive health
- An event focused on women’s health topic of the chapter’s choice
Participating chapters should complete an online, executive summary of their activities. The deadline to submit information on activities and be eligible for recognition is 11:59 pm PST on December 15, 2018.
Thank You to Our Supporter
Thank you to Merck for their support of this program and student pharmacists.