AmerisourceBergen’s First Combined National Advisory Board Meeting at NCPA's Congressional Fly-in

May 20, 2019

Good Neighbor Pharmacy and Elevate Provider Network National Advisory Boards participated in NCPA’s Congressional Fly-in in Washington, DC in early April. While AmerisourceBergen has long sponsored the event, and had associates attend in solidarity, this marks the first time we’ve brought both boards together and held a meeting in conjunction with the event.
Our National Advisors heard from HHS Secretary Azar and held our very first combined meeting in Alexandria, VA before getting on a bus and riding up to Capitol Hill for meetings with legislators from both Houses. A productive day of meetings and advocacy was capped off with a Congressional Reception at Rayburn House, sponsored by AmerisourceBergen– Jenni Zilka, GVP, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Field Programs and Services, Peter Kounelis, VP, Elevate Provider Network and Beth Mitchell, Sr. Director, Government Affairs, stood along-side of NCPA leadership to welcome everyone to the reception.
National Advisors participated in almost 30 meetings with legislators and staff over the course of the 2-day event. Doug Hoey, NCPA CEO, took notice, tweeting his thanks for our participation and support: 
Screen shot of Retweet by Doug Hoey


Highlights from just a few of the advocacy meetings this week: 

ABC Associates and Advisory Board Members in front of the Capitol Building.

Pictured Above : AmerisourceBergen's National Advisors and Associates on Capitol Hill, from left to right:: Peter Kounelis, VP, Elevate Provider Network; Kerry Okamura, Director of Pharmacy Operations, KTA Super Stores; Phyllis Houston, VP, Program Development & Market Intelligence; Jeremy Johnson, COO, Astrup Companies; Chris Munden, owner Hemmingsen Drug Store; and Jenni Zilka, GVP, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Field Programs and Services.

ABC Advisory Board Member Kerri Okamura with Senator Schatz of Hawaii 

Pictured Above : Kerry Okamura, Director of Pharmacy Operations KTA Super Stores and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)

ABC Advisory Board members at the Rayburn Building in Washington, DC. 
Pictured Above from Left to Right: National Advisory Board members at NCPA's Congressional Reception: Mike Muecke, Muecke Prescription Shoppe; Chris Munden, Hemmingsen Drug Store; Kyle McHugh, Gaston Family Pharmacy; Kevin DeMass, Apothecary Shoppe; Heidi Snyder, Drug World; Roger Malerba, Hylan Medicine Cabinet; Trish White, Harry Race Pharmacy; Kerri Okamura, KTA Super Stores; Tony Bari, Woodsprings Pharmacy; George Fox, Boone Drug at New Market.

AmerisourceBergen is proud to continue to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to- and belief in- independent community pharmacy by supporting important advocacy events like NCPA’s Congressional Fly-in. 

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