Marilyn Gaske Wins Student Pharmacist for the Year Award from APhA
Student Marilyn Gaske received the "Good Government Student Pharmacist-of-the-Year Award" from the APhA. Her nomination citation reads: "Marilyn Gaske was selected in recognition of her innovative efforts and unique ability to engage her classmates at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy in policy advocacy. Gaske founded the Student Pharmacist Advocacy Coalition (SPAC) through which she has united nine student and professional pharmacist organizations in the name of advocacy. SPAC hosts advocacy training, voter registration initiatives, and debates on controversial issues such as provider status and residency training. As policy vice president of UIC’s APhA-ASP chapter, Gaske coordinated students in a letter writing campaign in support of HB509 to grant pharmacists authority to prescribe birth control. Gaske utilizes health fairs as an opportunity to educate the public about policy and survey them on their perceptions of pharmacists as providers. She serves as a liaison between her ASP chapter and IPhA, where she is a member of the board of directors and House of Delegates."