NACDS recognizes two pharmacy students for pharmacy advocacy efforts

WASHINGTON The National Association of Chain Drug Stores bestowed an award on two pharmacy students for their work in advancing the pharmacy profession and industry.

Andrew Helm of Washington State University and Brent Leithauser of the University of Washington each received the 2010 Pharmacy Student Advocacy Award as part of the annual NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill. Helm and Leithauser were awarded for organizing the Washington State Legislative Advocacy Day, where 141 student pharmacists and 20 pharmacists and faculty members converged on Olympia, Washington, to meet with state legislators and government administrators on pharmacy’s priorities. Helm and Leithauser built coalitions and alliances, coordinated the day’s activities, which included health screenings, and followed-up with legislators to remind them of discussions and commitments.

“NACDS has been actively engaging schools of pharmacy and pharmacy students in an all-out effort to raise up the next generation of pharmacy advocates,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “The NACDS Student Advocacy Award is just one positive outcome of our efforts to date as we work to recognize and inspire tomorrow’s pharmacy leaders.”

Along with the Helm and Leithauser, NACDS also recognized other pharmacy student advocates, including James Chai Wang of the University of Maryland, and Lauren Long and Alyssa Vaysman of Temple University. The aforementioned students participated in NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill.

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