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. As future health care providers, student pharmacists work with practitioners in implementing programs that improve the quality of health care their patients receive. APhA-ASP chapters will work within their communities and on campuses to:
- Provide education on hormonal contraceptive options, access to hormonal contraceptives, and shared clinical decision-making;
- Provide education on reproductive health and sexually transmitted diseases;
- Increase student pharmacist awareness of the needs for women’s health education and opportunities for student pharmacist led programming in the community; and
- Promote the profession of pharmacy and the role of pharmacists as a women’s health resource.
APhA Women’s Health Resources
Increasing Access to Hormonal Contraceptive Products
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.
APhA-ASP Women's Health Campaign Presentations
During the 2018 and 2019 APhA-ASP Summer Leadership Institute, chapter leaders received background information and examples of chapter activities in the area of women's health. View the 2018 presentation and 2019 presentation for more information. You can also review this article from Pharmacy Today on women's health issues for programming ideas.
APhA-ASP Women's Health Campaign Webinar
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 from the reports submitted on June 15, 2020 to conduct a poster presentation during the APhA2021 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Los Angeles, CA. 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 2021 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:
- Providing education on hormonal contraceptive options and access to hormonal contraceptives
- Promoting the pharmacist’s role in reproductive health
- An event focused on women’s health topic of the chapter’s choice
Every chapter and student pharmacist who participated in the 2018-2019 program year should be proud of the work that was done to support women’s health and community health! Together we reached 156,830 individuals through education! Join us in celebrating by watching the .
Congratulations to the four 2018-2019 Outstanding Chapters who were selected from the reports submitted June 15, 2019. They have been celebrated during APhA-ASP Awards Celebration Week at Facebook.com/APhAASP and through APhA2020 Virtual. Please view their posters and presentations below for inspiration! Contact information is provided for any questions on each chapter’s initiatives.
The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
- Women's Health Campaign Chair, Vanessa Sena
The University of Texas at Tyler The Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy
- Immediate Past Chapter President, Kiersi Harmon and Chapter Advisor, Dr. Jessica Wooster
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
- The UHCOP Patient Care Vice President and the UHCOP Women’s Health Campaign
University of South Florida Taneja College of Pharmacy
- Women’s Health Campaign Co-Chairs, Eric Cheung and Jenna Ferreira
Thank you to the Supporter!
Thank you to Merck for their support of this program and student pharmacists.