Available Until 9/30/2024

The Grass(roots) is Always Greener: Maintaining Advocacy During a Pandemic

ACPE Number: 0204-0000-21-071-H04-P, 0204-0000-21-071-H04-T
Release Date: September 30, 2021
Expiration Date: September 30, 2024
Activity Type: Knowledge-based
CE Credits: 1.0 contact hour
Activity Fee: Members – Free / Non-Member – Free

 This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Activity Overview

With the expansion of the grassroots movement in NY state, members have come off the sidelines to become more involved in advocacy events, such as legislative visits. This was ever-present during the COVID-19 pandemic where we needed to shift our approach to legislative visits due to social distancing and educate our members on the new COVID-19 related legislation. While a pandemic can shift responsibilities and create new barriers to advocacy, it is important to continue advocacy efforts as there may be new opportunities to elevate pharmacy practice in pandemic-related legislation.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Target Audience

This activity will discuss grassroots advocacy efforts, including specific steps to setting up and completing a successful legislative visit. While the session will discuss pharmacy-specific examples, the principles and importance of grassroots advocacy can be applied to any profession.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss elements of a successful grassroots advocacy strategy.

  2. Explain the relationship between advocacy and the legislative visit.

  3. Identify changes to grassroots advocacy during COVID-19 that allowed the continuation of legislative visits.

  4. Discuss resources to support grassroots efforts, both during and after a pandemic.

Schedule of Activities

  • Introduction and Announcements
  • Presentation
  • Questions, Answers, and Discussion


  • Karen Berger, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCM, BCPS, BCCCP, Neurocritical Care Clinical Pharmacy Manager, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Andrew Kaplan, Pharm.D., BCPS, Associate Director of Pharmacy, Mount Sinai West, New York, NY


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  • All planners, presenters, reviewers, and ASHP staff report no financial relationships relevant to this activity. 

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of a recordings of faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the activity in its entirety to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts online to complete the evaluation, claim credit and view the statement of credit immediately after completing the activity.

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