Pacific’s American Cancer Society Committee Helps Increase Number of Possible Donors

For the second year in a row, the American Cancer Society Committee (ACSC) successfully hosted its Leukemia and Lymphoma Symposium and Bone Marrow Drive at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Guest speakers included Dr. Jacque Lohmeier ‘00, who is currently a pharmacy manager for CVS in the East Bay, and Oska Lawrence ‘12. Both shared their personal experiences with leukemia and their reflections on being survivors.

Overall attendance reached more than 200 people and included students, staff, and the general public (doubling the initial effort set forth last year by the former ACSC co-chairs, including the now current ASuop Pharmacy Senator, Oska Lawrence). On top of that, the bone marrow registry was able to add 76 new registrants with the intention of further diversifying the registrant pool.

According to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society , an estimated 259,889 people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, with an estimated 43,050 new cases diagnosed in 2010. Of these 43,050 people, 21,840 were estimated to have not won their fight against leukemia. Even with nearly 16.5 million donors registered worldwide, there is still an incredible need for donors, especially those of a minority/multicultural

ethnicity. With this fact in mind, the effort put forth by this committee (with the assistance of the University and the community) will hopefully continue to grow to expand and assist in registering more donors to help. With advances in technology and technique, the bone marrow donation process is now more convenient than ever, and with only a few moments of being uncomfortable, a person can have the potential to save the life of another.

The event could not have been possible without the help of many colleagues and staff members from the University, with special thanks to both guest speakers, Dr. Nancy Deguire ‘89, the Flowers Heritage Foundation, and the brothers of the professional pharmacy fraternity, Kappa Psi.

Husna Mohammadi ’11: Example of Personal Responsibility

Her journey at Pacific has been longer than expected but the contributions she has made have been worthwhile. Husna Mohammadi ’11 is a speech-language pathology undergraduate student who holds three jobs and numerous student leadership and community roles. Mohammadi is the Individual Tutor Program Manager at the Center for Community Involvement (CCI) at Pacific, Lead Instructional Assistant at Therapeutic Pathways Inc, The Kendall School in Tracy, and an entrepreneur business owner of Amway Global Incorporated.

Mohammadi entered Pacific as an education major and later transitioned to speech-language pathology after being inspired by a University alumnus on how speech therapy made a difference in education. She chose Pacific for its small class size, faculty to student ratio, and curriculum.

She is no stranger to giving back and making a difference in the community and the world. As her last wish, Mohammadi’s mother Kamila Mohammadi who suffered from kidney disease, donated her family’s land in Kabul, Afghanistan to James Rolfe ’68, Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry, for his Afghan Dental Relief Project (ADRP) and clinic.

After her mom passed away, Mohammadi took a semester off to regroup. Her primary responsibilities now include taking care of her two younger siblings.

In Tracy, Mohammadi is the founder of the Muslim Youth Leadership with nearly 40 members who fundraise for about 250 meals at homeless feeds. She spends the majority of her time in Stockton and at Pacific organizing events in her role as a Student Ambassador to the Pacific Speech-Language Alumni Association, organizing and implementing fundraisers for the Pacific National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association Chapter, and volunteering as a lead for the Very Special People, VSP, Bowling program.

“I enjoy making a difference in the community and changing the world and am a strong believer in individual responsibility,” said Mohammadi. “My mom showed me how to love my community and my dad taught me to have strength and perseverance in staying strong,” she added.

Mohammadi recently received the Pacific Women’s Resource Center’s Women of Distinction Award after being nominated by her CCI supervisor Erin Rausch, Director of CCI. “Husna maintains a vision for the future of our global community that is complete with optimism, justice, and a place for every human,” said Erin.

Mohammadi has been accepted to the Speech-Language Pathology 15-month Graduate program here at the School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University’s 2011 Commencement ceremony.

 

Professor Clifford Young is focused on preparing students to be competent professionals

Professor Clifford Young is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Regional Coordinator in Fresno for the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience program at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science from the University of California, Davis and his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Washington.

Before coming to Pacific in March 2009, Young was a Consultant Pharmacist for Apothecary Service, LLC. He continues in that role while serving at Pacific. He provides services to institutional and individual clients regarding medication regimen review, facility regulation compliance, and medication device administration education.

Young is an active member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists where he has served on various national level committees and as President of the local chapter. He is also a dedicated member of the California Pharmacists Association.

As a preceptor, his main focus is his students and preparing them to be competent professionals. “My focus is to develop a site that caters to the student’s future practice desires. The students need to understand they need to develop their presentation skills, so they can maximize their clinical knowledge and leadership skills to advance their careers and profession,” said Professor Young.

He also mentioned that students with successful rotations are those who work hard, have a good attitude, and a thirst for knowledge.

Young is currently working on a proposal to add a new elective to the pharmacy curriculum called Pharmacy Political Advocacy that will provide an honest examination of this topic.

His hobbies include armed and unarmed martial arts training. Young has earned his rank as Ikkyu with Alameda Aikikai, which teaches Aikido, a self-defense that blends with the energy of the opponent to render their attacks harmless and is also used as a means to enhance and maintain health and flexibility. He is also a Sandan, a student deemed capable of teaching independently as a teacher or instructor, at Wado Ki Kai.

One of Professor Young’s most memorable memories is witnessing the graduation of his first APPE students but he says nothing outshines meeting his wife. Young and his wife live with their daughter, dog, and cat in Fresno, CA.

 

Importance of Field Trips

The Children’s Awareness Carnival (CAC) is an event organized every spring by the Children’s Awareness Committee in which 200 fifth grade students are invited to attend from different schools around the Lodi Unified School District. This year, the students from Westwood, Live Oak, Joe Serna, and Southerland Elementary Schools joined us for a fun day of health-related learning.

Daniel Salas ’13 teaches the students about heart anatomy.

The morning of April 29th began by dividing the students into six groups and distributing them into six different classrooms in the Rotunda. They were able to learn about diabetes, dental hygiene, fitness/hydration, drug awareness, asthma/smoking, and even dissect a real sheep heart. According to WestwoodElementary fifth grade teacher Mrs. Durnell, “the heart lab was a highlight for the students, mainly because it was something they’d never seen before.”

After completion of their six lessons, the students enjoyed lunch on the lawn and explored the Pacific campus. The students were thrilled upon seeing the 25 booths of games and activities set up outside. There were booths offering education on sun safety and ‘make their own colorful visors.  There was a game simulating an earthquake in which the students had to quickly roll under a set of tables to protect their bodies. One booth taped a giant, human-sized poster to a tree and taught children where to apply band-aids and other first aid materials.

Other games included basketball, golf, obstacle course relay, and bowling. At each booth students were given prizes consisting of toothbrushes, deodorants, soap, hand sanitizers, trail mix, etc. They even had a chance to win goldfish! “I liked the trail mix. I didn’t know that vegetables could be in it!” said a student.

CAC organizes this event every year to allow students to have fun experiences, visit a college campus, and learn about health-related careers as a possibility and goal in life. Many do not have opportunities to visit college campuses and are not driven (yet) to work toward higher education. Many of the teachers tell us that most of the students “don’t think of college as being in their future.” By exposing them to college we hope to encourage them and let them know that it is possible for them to achieve. In particular, we wanted them to have a glimpse of what student pharmacists learn and how much pharmacists can help others with their knowledge.

‘Pin the Tail on the Cow’, one of the many games at the carnival.

The carnival is also a great event to bring together the whole Health Sciences campus. Student dental hygienists taught the children about brushing their teeth. Student physical therapists created a giant relay maze for the children to enjoy. All the pharmacy fraternities, organizations, and committees were also involved with a grand total of 150 volunteers who were gracious enough to help give 200 children an amazing and enriching field trip. Everyone enjoyed being outside on the lawn and interacting with the children, setting great examples of how fun science and learning can be.

With a generous donation from Rite Aid, CAC was able to pay for school buses that brought all 200 eager children to the Pacific campus. Sadly, many elementary schools in San Joaquin County cannot afford to provide their students with field trips due to lack of funding. For these children, our carnival is their only field trip of the year. Field trips are one way for children to gain insight about new topics and careers and CAC hopes to one day extend the invitation to all children in the local area.