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Protect Community Pharmacy: Register Now for NCPA's Annual Legislative Conference
Join hundreds of NCPA students and members in Washington this spring at our 45th Annual Conference on National Legislation & Government Affairs to advocate for the future of community pharmacy and its importance to our health care system and local communities. This is a pivotal year for our industry and your voice will help us make our case more effectively to policymakers. We've reduced the registration rates this year (only $25 for NCPA student members), making it even easier for you to attend and meet with your elected officials on Capitol Hill. The Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill May 7-8. Online registration is now open; please click here to register or call 1-800-544-7447 for more information. Make your voice heard!


Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition
It's about that time to start developing your plans for the Business Plan Competition! The Competition encourages young pharmacy entrepreneurs to develop the blueprint necessary for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or developing a new pharmacy. You could also win a trip to the 2013 NCPA Annual Convention in Orlando, FL and the 2013 Multiple Locations Conference in a tropical location!

Please visit the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition section on the NCPA website for an application, details of the competition, and resources, or for questions, contact student affairs at The deadline for business plan entries is May 15, 2013.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy®, an AmerisourceBergen® solution, is one of the nation's largest branded independent pharmacy networks with more than 3,700 members. To find out how to join the growing family of Good Neighbor Pharmacists, call 1.800.916.9101 or visit

Top 10 Tips for Hosting a Health Fair

Written by Jennifer Hund, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy and Jennifer Kim, University of Florida College of Pharmacy

  1. Advertise before and after your event.
    Prior to your event, be sure to publicize at least one month in advance. If hosted in the community, run an advertisement in the local newspaper, post fliers around town, and provide bag stuffers at your local independent pharmacy. If held on a college campus, utilize e-mail list-serves, the school newspaper, and social media. Don't forget to follow up with post-event advertisement recounting how many people you reached, what topics were covered, and pictures to display your success!

  2. Involve other health colleges.
    Reach out to other fields (medical, dental, nursing, etc.) at your university to make the health fair interdisciplinary. A diverse set of students and faculty is an invaluable asset to creating a well-rounded event. This is also an opportunity to promote the pharmacy profession among other healthcare students and demonstrate the important role a pharmacist plays in health care. An interdisciplinary health fair will aid in the number and diversity of volunteers during the event, the types of services offered, and the efficacy of publicizing.

  3. Promote your NCPA student chapter.
    Depending on the extent of NCPA involvement in the overall health fair, make sure to have the NCPA name well represented. Have a short write-up that explains the purpose of NCPA in a couple sentences to hand out to every person.

  4. Plan ahead.
    A lot goes into planning a health fair. Make a timeline or checklist leading up to your event to help ensure all points are covered and accomplished in time. Use NCPA's Resource Guide to Planning a Health Fair (available at to assist in your preparation.

  5. Dress accordingly.
    Create a uniform for every pharmacy student. This can range from a specific colored pant and polo, to business casual with a white coat. Make the impression that you are a future health professional.

  6. Target your audience.
    Beyond the general topics most health fairs will have—such as heart health, hypertension, diabetes, immunizations, depression—consider who you are reaching. If you are hosting at a senior activity center, focus extraneous topics for the elderly; for example: osteoporosis, long term care, and caregiver perspectives. If you are hosting on a college campus, consider booths for alcohol poisoning, exercise, and healthy eating.

  7. SMILE!
    Always be friendly so that the target audience is comfortable and interested. Having a warm, open demeanor is necessary for a successful health fair.

  8. Know your topics.
    Review every topic that will be presented in case you are asked an unexpected question. Prepare a list of additional resources prior to the event if you are unable to fully answer a question. Consider scheduling pharmacy students from different years to work at booths together. Every person will have a different amount of knowledge on the topic and can learn from each other.

  9. Offer out materials.
    Whether you offer informational brochures or report cards, give something tangible to each person. This reinforces what they learned during the health fair. Report cards are specifically helpful in encouraging participants to visit every booth. The report card should list all available booths with room to record patient specific readings and scores; this allows quick analysis of disease areas needed for improvement on an individual basis.

  10. Promote your local independent pharmacy!
    Have a booth dedicated solely to your community independent pharmacy (or all of them collectively). Make sure to emphasize the benefits of independent pharmacy as a more personal experience for the consumer, and any additional products or services uniquely offered.


February 27, 2013

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