Student pharmacists never fail to bring distinguished recognition to the School at professional meetings. Whether it means showing up in their orange army polos, often making the most poster presentations, or receiving multiple recognitions for their outreach initiatives, they know how to get things done. Pacific student pharmacists celebrated several successes at the 2012 American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM).
Operation Diabetes and Operation Self Care (formerly known as Heartburn Awareness) each took home a Patient Care Initiative award. Together the two committees provided services to over 2,000 patients and reached approximately 8,000 patients through public relations initiatives.
Pacific was also the first and only winning chapter of the Region 8 – American Pharmacists Month (APhM) Regional Challenge Award. Every October, under the leadership of Pacific’s Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP), student pharmacists launch marketing advertisements and outreach programs to help promote APhM. Within the School, students distributed t-shirts and water bottles with the APhM logo and gathered nearly 400 students to participate in the annual Tiger Army photo.
In the community, student pharmacists designed a billboard on Interstate 80 East Business Route heading towards Downtown Sacramento to help promote APhM. In addition, they coordinated with NCM Media to create a television advertisement which ran in the previews at all major movie theaters in the San Joaquin County area. They also made their annual appearance on Good Day Sacramento and hosted the annual “Immunize the Mayor” event. As a final statement, student pharmacists coordinated a trip to the Kings basketball game (against the Warriors) wearing their orange polos and were recognized during the half-time show.
It is estimated that students reached nearly 10 million people during the month of October promoting APhM.
Aside from awards, two Pacific student pharmacists were selected to serve on the 2012-2013 Region 8 board. Chinye Nalls-Ahaiwe ’14 will serve as Member-At-Large and Urvish Italia ’14 will serve as MRM Coordinator for the APhA-ASP Region 8.
“I want to help unite our region so that we can work together to advance the profession of pharmacy,” said Italia.
Daniel Salas ’13 was also recognized for his many accomplishments. Salas was instrumental in organizing the inaugural “Haircuts for Health” outreach event last year; an event inspired by the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program from Los Angeles. His event made such an impact, he is now working with the original creators to host an extension of the program in Stockton.
By: Dua Moua ’09