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NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

The NCSL Video Resource Center is a collection of recorded webinars accessible for on-demand learning.

Pharmacists' Role in Public Health: Increasing Access to Care

State policymakers are increasingly bolstering the role of pharmacists to provide a broad spectrum of health care services, within their scope of practice, beyond assisting patients with their prescription medications. Maximizing the use of pharmacists is among several state strategies to meet the unique health care needs of populations, especially those living in rural and underserved areas. This webinar will examine several scope of practice policy options for state legislators to leverage pharmacists as part of the health care delivery system. Speakers will highlight national trends in pharmacist scope of practice, including prescribing certain medications, such as tobacco cessation and contraception, and administering vaccines, among others, and share specific examples of policy options.


  • Sydne Enlund, policy specialist, NCSL


  • Emily Hawes, PharmD, associate professor of clinical education, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Stefanie Ferreri, PharmD, chair, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education
  • Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-OR)
  • Senator Evan Vickers (R-UT)