APhA students make trip to DC to advocate for pharmacy
WASHINGTON – The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists, with the support of Amgen, Cardinal Health and Rite Aid, held leadership and professional development programming this weekend in Washington for 240 student pharmacists. The schedule kicked off with 223 student pharmacists visiting 125 Congressional offices on Capitol Hill to advocate for pharmacists' recognition as 'providers' in health care.
"As a constituent and a student pharmacist, meeting in-person with Congressional representatives and/or their staff is the most effective way to promote pharmacy-specific legislative issues and develop relationships with lawmakers," stated Keith Marciniak, APhA senior director of student and new practitioner development.
"Members of Congress and their staff know that an issue is important when their constituents and voters take the time to travel all the way to Washington, DC, to meet with them in person and share their personal stories," Marciniak added. "These same offices also tend to put more stock into messages and opinions from those with whom they have relationships. Capitol Hill visits are that initial step toward developing those relationships."
Held July 15-17, the APhA-ASP Summer Leadership Institute is designed to help APhA-ASP chapter officers develop their leadership skills as they prepare to guide their chapter to continued success. The SLI provided attendees with interactive leadership sessions and discussions focused on team building and effectively connecting with their communities.
In addition, the APhA New Practitioner Network, with the support of Walmart Pharmacy, held the second annual A Day of NP L.I.F.E. on July 15 and July 16. The programming, designed exclusively for pharmacists within their first five years of graduation, included personal and professional workshops, as well as networking during dinner at APhA's historic headquarters and at a Washington Nationals baseball game. As many as 60 new practitioners were in attendance.
Walgreens Boots Alliance expands Boots banner to South Korea
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens Boots Alliance on Monday announced that it has signed an agreement to form a franchise partnership with Emart Company, a member of Shinsegae Group and South Korea’s No. 1 hypermarket retailer. Together, they will create a Boots branded pharmacy-led, health and beauty retail franchise in South Korea.
Under the terms of the agreement, Boots branded stores will be opened in shopping malls, on main streets and within the outbound areas of Shinsegae department stores and Emart hypermarkets. The Boots stores will each feature an independent pharmacy and a range of Boots owned products and ‘exclusive to Boots’ brands as well as leading Korean brands.
“South Korea is considered a leading market for skincare and cosmetics products in Asia today. We believe there is a significant opportunity to extend the reach of Boots own brands into this market and are thrilled to be doing so with Emart,” stated Ornella Barra, co-COO of Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Emart is the preeminent retailer in South Korea and their strong experience as well as their marketing expertise gives us great confidence in the long-term potential of this partnership.”
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the Boots brand, and offer pharmacy care as well as acting as a beauty and healthcare destination by also offering a wide range of both Korean and Boots product brands.” said Gab-Soo Lee, CEO Emart.
The first stores are expected to open before the end of the first half of calendar year 2017 and will include Boots highly regarded and exclusive No7 and Soap & Glory products.
CVS Health teams with Boston Red Sox to honor area veterans
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Health and the Boston Red Sox saluted veterans just days before Independence Day, partnering on bringing veterans from across New England to Fenway Park to participate in the annual CVS Health Baseball Camp.
This event marks the sixth year that CVS Health and the Boston Red Sox have teamed up to host veterans for a CVS Health Baseball Camp.
“It is an honor to host this event each year for our nation’s heroes,” stated Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, CVS Health. “We are thrilled to offer this experience at America’s favorite ballpark as a small gesture of thanks for their commitment to serving our country.”
“We truly appreciate the wonderful opportunity and day of fun that CVS Health and the Boston Red Sox have provided to NECHV residents," commented Andrew McCawley, president and CEO of the New England Center and Home for Veterans. "The ‘Dream Day’ would be an unforgettable experience and opportunity of a lifetime for any New England sports fan. For our participating veterans, it helps recognize and say thank you for their service and sacrifices; and more broadly, it honors the service of all veterans in this country.”
Through the CVS Health Baseball Camp, veterans received batting tips from Boston Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez, took a few swings at the Green Monster and enjoyed lunch in the Red Sox dugout. Participants were also provided exclusive access to the historic ballpark during a VIP tour and received tickets to the evening’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, courtesy of CVS Health, in the CVS Pharmacy family seating section.
The camp was hosted by CVS Health as an extension of the company’s commitment to the nation’s military heroes. Veterans who participated in the CVS Health Baseball Camp are from the New England Center and Home for Veterans – a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness for the nation’s veterans, and the 1st Lieutenant Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fund – a fund that provides financial assistance for Massachusetts soldiers and families who have incurred career-ending and life-altering injuries while on active duty.
Over the years, CVS Health has provided charitable support to a range of veteran- focused initiatives. The company has supported military and veteran-focused organizations, including the National Guard, Fisher House, Operation Military Embrace, Operation Homefront and the USO.
The company has also established a colleague resource group for veterans – called Valor – within CVS Health, and has hosted a series of football skills camps and golf clinics for veterans.