Under the Dome
Published on 10 March 2016
More than 60 St. Louis College of Pharmacy students climbed the steps of the Illinois State Capitol on March 2 to advocate on behalf of their profession. They were among the hundreds of pharmacy students from across the state who traveled to Springfield as part of the 10th annual Under the Dome Legislative Day event jointly sponsored by Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists and the Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA).
P3 student Lisa Boone, an Illinois native and president of the College’s student IPhA chapter, met with seven lawmakers. This was her third legislative day.
“It’s exciting to be in a progressive field but our laws are not as progressive,” Boone says. “There are a lot of updates needed.”
Boone, and her classmates, focused on talking to state senators and representatives about several bills under consideration including HB 3627 which would allow pharmacists to administer a wider variety of vaccines to children.
“Since pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers in the community, allowing pharmacists to administer more vaccines to a 10-year-old will increase the overall vaccination rate,” she says.
When meeting with the legislators, Boone was prepared for questions about the reasons behind her position on pending legislation.
“They put us on the spot,” she says. “They’re really interested in what we had to say.”
Boone says she’ll be tracking the status of the bills, and how the legislators she spoke with voted. Students interested in legislative advocacy in Illinois can contact Boone or advisor Goldie Peters, Pharm.D.