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Advocacy Day 2023

March 8, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Please join the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) for our annual Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 from 11 am – 3 pm.

This important grassroots event will provide insight and information related to legislation affecting the profession of pharmacy. You will also have the opportunity to hear from legislative leaders and earn 1 hour of CE credit.

CPhA & UNAC/UHCP have partnered together on many legislative issues supporting and defending pharmacists. We are committed to working together to continue to advance the pharmacy profession and ensure that pharmacists are able to provide care to their patients without corporate interference. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in positive outcomes for our respective members; let’s continue to advocate together in support of pharmacists in all practice settings.

All attendees are advised to bring your white coat to wear during the event.




10:30 am Check-In
10:50 am Susan Bonilla, Chief Executive Officer, California Pharmacists Association
Introduce Senator Richard Roth
11:00 am The Honorable Richard D. Roth Chair, Senate Business & Professions Committee
11:15 am Welcoming Remarks Eric Robles, Director, Political & Legislative Affairs United Nurses Associations of California/ Union of Health Care Professionals
Richard Dang, PharmD, President, CPhA Susan Bonilla, Chief Executive Officer, California Pharmacists Association
11:20 am Michelle Rivas, Executive Vice President, Government Relations, California Pharmacists Association
11:40 am Lunch Break
12:30 pm The Honorable Vince Fong, Member, California State Assembly
12:50 pm The Honorable Marc Berman, Chair, Assembly Business & Professions Committee
1:00 pm The Honorable Jim Wood, DDS, Chair, Assembly Health Committee
1:15 pm The Honorable Ricardo Lara, California State Insurance Commissioner
1:30 pm The Honorable Josh Newman, Member, California State Senate
2:00 pm Seung Oh, PharmD, President, Board of Pharmacy
Anne Sodergren, Executive Officer, Board of Pharmacy
2:20 pm Liz Helms, President, CEO, California Chronic Care Coalition
2:30 pm Closing Remarks
2:35 pm Drop-Ins
3:00 pm Group Photo on the State Capitol Steps
3:15 pm Group Photo on the Assembly Floor

Advocacy Day Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the unique dynamics shaping healthcare policy making in California
  • Identify and review 2023 legislation affecting the profession of pharmacy
  • Review effective grassroots advocacy methods for legislative meetings



California Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara

As Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara, has taken on tough fights holding the insurance industry accountable while fighting for health care for all.




Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS.
Dr. Wood led the efforts in the Legislature to fight the Medi-Cal clawbacks. The positive resolution to this effort would not have been possible without his support.




Assemblymember Marc Berman, Chair, Assembly Business & Professions Committee
He has been a strong advocate for consumer protection and higher education. Mr. Berman has been a strong supporter of pharmacy issues.



Assemblymember Vince Fong
He was the 2021 Friend of Pharmacy Award Recipient for his support for independent pharmacy in fighting the Medi-Cal Clawback.




Senator Josh Newman
The recipient of the 2022 Friend of Pharmacy Award will be speaking during our 2023 Advocacy Day!
Senator Newman has been a champion of pharmacy and we are pleased that he will spend some time with us during our event.



Senator Richard Roth, Chair, Senate Business, Professions & Economic Development Committee
Roth has been a constant and strong supporter of community pharmacy. As chair of the powerful Business & Professions Committee, his support of pharmacy is crucial. He has been a steadfast advocate for healthcare.




California Secretary of State’s Office, Auditorium
1500 11th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

To reserve your parking visit: https://reserve.sacpark.org/



Contact Michelle Rivas at  mrivas@cpha.com.

Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Credit

Activity Type: Knowledge-based • Duration: 1 Contact Hour
UAN #:0113-0000-23-028-L03-P; 0113-0000-23-028-L03-T
Target Audience: Pharmacists, and Pharmacy Technicians
Release Date: 03/08/2023 Expiration Date: 03/08/2026

The California Pharmacists Association (#0113) is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Upon completing an evaluation form, participants will be awarded 1.0 hours (0.1 CEUs) of Continuing Pharmacy Education Credit. A statement of credit will not be issued. Participants may log onto the CPE monitor website using their individual log in to download their statement of credit. Please allow 4 weeks for processing of CPE credits to the CPE monitor.



March 8, 2023
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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California Secretary of State’s Office, Auditorium
1500 11th St
Sacramento, CA 95814 United States
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