On Tuesday January 25, Jon Roth, CEO of California Pharmacists Association (CPhA), visited the Pacific pharmacy campus to speak about his vision for CPhA and how this vision ties into the CPhA policy process. Mr. Roth, who was officially inducted as CEO this past November, is in charge of the State Budget and Governmental Affairs, and is excited to work with the CPhA staff and Board of Trustees to promote the pharmacy profession at the state capital.

“I could tell from Jon’s presentation that he had a plan on how to make the pharmacy voice heard by legislators,” says Elizabeth Chang ’12. “He genuinely cares about my future as a California pharmacist.” Mr. Roth also instructed students on what they could do now to advocate for the pharmacy profession.

Mr. Roth’s presentation was followed by Dr. Nancy DeGuire ’89, the immediate past CPhA Speaker-of-the-House and Assistant Dean of External Relations at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. DeGuire described the background of the House of Delegates, and the new policies pending adoption in the 2011 House of Delegates. These policies, if approved, would affect the pharmacy profession for years to come.

CPhA staff members Veronica Van Orman and Erin Moeller accompanied Mr. Roth during his visit to Pacific. More than 70 pharmacy students and pharmacists attended the event hosted by the Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP). CPhA is the largest state pharmacy organization in the nation and represents pharmacy professionals from all practice settings. Please visit www.cpha.com for more details.

By Elizabeth Chang ‘12
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