Legislative Day

January 29, 
Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown &
Iowa State Capitol


IPA’s annual Legislative Day is the cornerstone of the association’s legislative and public policy efforts. Each year, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists engage in face-to-face grassroots advocacy with Iowa legislators; attracting nearly 200 members of our profession to the Iowa State Capitol. Join your colleagues as we inject some pharmacy-filled energy into the Capitol and advance our priorities into this year’s legislative session!
Miss the 2019 Legislative Day? Watch the recorded afternoon sessions! 
Watch Sessions | CPE information


9:00-10:00 am         New Attendee and Student Orientation
Interested new attendees and students will be provided a Legislative Day 101 briefing, including key information and other peals on how to successfully tailor your message to legislators on key pharmacy issues. 

10:30-11:00 am        Welcome and Keynote
Welcome and Introductions

11:00 am - Noon      Legislative Briefing
IPA’s advocacy team will provide an overview on the issues and specific legislation that IPA members should discuss with their legislators at the Capitol.​

12:00-12:20 pm        IPA's Good Government Award Presentation
IPA will award our ‘Good Government Award’ to a legislator who has worked closely with IPA on pharmacy and healthcare issues and who has shown dedicated service to improving healthcare for Iowans. New this year, IPA will also recognize an IPA member who has made significant contributions to IPA’s advocacy efforts.​

12:30-1:30 pm           Legislative Panel and Lunch
With the Iowa caucuses occurring just days after Legislative Day, presidential candidates have been invited to address the group. This will be an exclusive opportunity to hear directly from potential nominees on issues affecting healthcare and pharmacy. 

1:30-3:30 pm    Pharmacist and student pharmacist attendees will group together, pairing up in advance of Capitol Hill visits. Attendees will travel by bus to the Iowa state capitol to meet with their state senator and state representative. Box lunches available in capitol rotunda.

**All attendees are encourages to contact their legislators in advance to schedule a meeting and/or lunch during this time block. Pharmacist mentors will be introduced to form small groups prior to departing.

3:30 pm                     IPA Group Photo
Meet at the stairs of the capitol rotunda for a group picture. Photo taken at 3:30 sharp - please arrive five minutes early. White coats encouraged.

4:00-6:00 pm            Legislator Reception (Embassy Suites - Riverview Lobby) 
Enjoy the opportunity to further connect with your legislators and other key leaders as we conclude Legislative Day back at the Embassy Suites – Riverview Lobby.
**Donation to the IPPAC encouraged for the reception

Capitol Screenings 

In addition to grassroots efforts, student pharmacists from Drake University and the University of Iowa will hold health screenings in the Capitol for legislators and staff. This important outreach showcase the value of pharmacy to our elected officials.

What to expect: 

Don't Forget Your White Coat!

Immediately following meetings with legislators, all attendees will gather in the Capitol Rotunda for the “Paint it White” group photo. Also, it’s awesome to see all so many pharmacists, easily identified by their white coats, spread throughout the Capitol. 

Thank you 2020 Sponsors!

American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc.