Students Provide Physical Therapy in Malawi

Dessel working with a patient.
Dessel working with a patient.

With the simple greeting, Muli bwanji, or “Greetings from Malawi,” a professor and her team of physical therapy students were met with a multitude of smiles and soccer games as they treated patients and trained community health workers. “It was a truly welcoming culture that was appreciative of any education or physical therapy skill that we were able to provide,” said Katherine Samstag ‘15, who was part of the December 2014 team.

Casey Nesbit, DPT, DSc, assistant professor and director of clinical education shared her passion for training health care workers with her students. Since 2006, Dr. Nesbit has visited Saint Gabriel’s Hospital and organized two-week trips for students. Last year’s trip included Samstag, Michael Dessel ‘15 and Meiying Lam ‘15. The students prepared for the Malawi trip with an elective course consisting of weekly seminars to discuss common health conditions as well as the local Chewa culture and the Chichewa language. In addition, they prepared materials for a community health worker training course.

The three-to-four day physical therapy course trains 20 health workers who serve villagers with chronic illnesses and disabilities. The program is essential to the local population because according to Dr. Nesbit, the hospital lacks a physical therapist and “there are only 25 physical therapists” in the entire country. The education the School provides is vital to a country where “physical therapy is a relatively novel idea,” said Dessel. As the students trained health workers, they were able to improve their Chichewa skills and eventually were able to have simple conversations and provide therapy instructions to their patients.

Students in front of St. Gabriels Hospital.
Students in front of St. Gabriels Hospital.

The collaborative educational experience is one the students benefited from and will use in their new careers. Dessel plans to begin his physical therapy career in New York City upon completion of his clinical internships. He hopes to eventually obtain his orthopedic clinical specialist certificate. Lam anticipates working in outpatient care as a certified orthopedic specialist for under-served communities after completing a residency. Samstag plans to move back to her home state of Washington. She looks forward to working as a pediatric physical therapist in Seattle.

Dr. Nesbit will keep living up to her teaching philosophy and “focus on active engagement, self-direction, reflection and guided discovery.” Every year, she plans to continue the incredible, real world education that the Malawi trip provides for the students at the School.

 

VN CARES Offers Free Health Screenings to Sacramento Community

vn cares group photo_resizedVietnamese Cancer Awareness, Research & Education Society (VN CARES) is delighted and honored to announce that the 7th Annual Sacramento Pacific Outreach Health Fair held on November 16, 2014 at the Vietnamese Martyrs Church in Sacramento was an overwhelming success. It was an incredible turnout where roughly 300 members of the local community and underserved population came out to partake in free health focused activities. Because of the collaborative and superb efforts from the sponsors, vendors, preceptors and volunteers, VN CARES was able to provide a total of 634 health screenings and services including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C), bone mineral density, memory decline, anemia, body mass index, immunizations and smoking cessation counseling. Consistently trying to improve the fair each year, VN CARES added a new screening to the list—Hepatitis B. The service was kindly provided by the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART) housed within the University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Striving to give back to the community, VN CARES was able to touch the lives of various ethnicities including Vietnamese, Chinese, Caucasian, Hispanic and African American. Furthermore, due to the diverse team of pharmacy and undergraduate student volunteers from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, California Northstate University, Sacramento State University and University of California, Davis, the health fair provided translators to better assist patients of different ethnic backgrounds.

When asked to provide overall feedback on the health fair, many patients were emotional as they expressed their sincere gratitude. One patient, communicating through a translator said, “I am so grateful that [VN CARES] hosted this health fair and invited Vietnamese doctors and pharmacists to provide consultations and answer health-related questions for patients with limited English proficiency like me.” Another patient proclaimed, “I have not visited the doctor’s office for a long time because I don’t have health insurance and can’t afford it. That is why I came to this health fair today. I am so impressed and thankful for everyone’s efforts in setting up this health fair and offering our community so many health screenings and services. I will definitely come again next year.”cholestrol testing_resized

Many volunteers voiced positive responses as well. Quynh Nhu Nguyen ’16, a second-time VN CARES Sacramento Pacific Outreach Health Fair volunteer expressed, “I thought VN CARES did a better job with the screening line this time around and it was a great turn out.” In an interview with KCRA Sacramento News station, Dr. Tuan Tran, event organizer and sponsor, stated, “This [health fair] is a unique opportunity where we can work toward a new mentality of preventative health services.” Naomi Le ’17, first year VN CARES co-chair, commented, “This is my first health fair with VN CARES and it’s been rewarding to work with such compassionate students who share my hopes to improve health care access to the local community.”

Continuing their community involvement next semester, VN CARES will host a speaker event on January 8, 2015 to promote cervical cancer awareness. They will also hold the Pacific Family Health Fair in March 2015 in Stockton, Calif. It marks their second health fair of the academic school year and is expected to be one of the largest health fairs organized by student pharmacists. As the year comes to a close, VN CARES is excited to ring in the New Year with new events that will carry on the committee’s objective to make a positive impact on the health of the community.

 

Student Pharmacists Provide Immunizations to City Hall Staff

On October 21, 2014, Pacific’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) collaborated with the Operation Immunization Committee (OIC) to celebrate American Pharmacists Month by hosting an immunization clinic at Stockton City Hall. This initiative was one of the many events organized during Legislative Week where student pharmacists promoted the profession of pharmacy to local lawmakers.proclamation

At this event student pharmacists advocated and communicated with members of City Hall including Mayor Anthony Silva and Councilmember Moses Zapien where they discussed pharmacy and its impact on the Stockton community. The coordinator of the event, April Nguyen ’16, APhA-ASP Vice President of Legislative Affairs, continued the initiative by collecting patient testimonials regarding the pharmacists’ role in the healthcare team and why legislation regarding pharmacy is important. She emphasized that “we are excited as future pharmacists to continue to serve the community in Stockton through our annual, free flu clinic to celebrate the first Legislative Week at Pacific! We are honored to receive a City Proclamation, issued by the Office of the Mayor, recognizing October as American Pharmacists’ Month and look forward to working with our community as student pharmacists.” During the event, 21 members of the Mayor’s staff were immunized against the flu and learned more about immunizations, vaccine preventable diseases, pharmacy and the role of pharmacists as health care providers.

 

Parkinson’s Wellness Camp Benefits Community Members

wii fitDuring the Parkinson’s Wellness Camp participants rotated through different sessions including a Wii Fit station. The Wii challenged the patients’ balance. A home exercise station helped educate patients about what they can do at home to help improve their condition. The camp was an opportunity to go beyond the classroom and help improve the lives of those who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease. The course was taught by Dr. Preeti Oza, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy. Dr. Oza joined the Pacific Family in August 2013 and has been involved with the Stockton-San Joaquin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group ever since.

Under Dr. Oza’s supervision, the Parkinson’s Disease Wellness Camp was organized and led by Jared Descoteaux ’15, Renee Fini ’15, Allen Herinckx ’15, Kelly Perryman ’15 and Michael Whipple ’15 providing services to six individuals who were recruited through the support group.

Each student contributed to making the event a success. Fini gathered information about local organizations and resources for patients. “I found many resources from the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) and the Parkinson’s Foundation websites that encouraged movement-based activities,” she said. “It is very beneficial for patients with Parkinson’s to have an active lifestyle.” The severity of Parkinson’s can range from mild to advanced and can progress differently in different people. The patients at the camp were no different and had different levels of functional independence and cognitive awareness.one leg test

Perryman shared the most important lesson she learned. “Being able to make last-minute decisions to adapt and accommodate the patients’ individual needs was a learning experience,” she said. Fini added “It’s important to realize that even though individuals are diagnosed with the same stage of the disease, they do not always present the same symptoms. We need to treat each individual as their own person with their own challenges.”

Experiential learning is a key component of the Pacific experience and helps foster student professional development. “The Parkinson’s Wellness camp allows our students to interact, examine and evaluate mobility issues of individuals with neurologic disorders,” Dr. Oza said. “In addition to taking ownership of the event, the students get to experience the intricacies and details required to arrange such an event.”

The camp was instrumental in helping students develop leadership and critical and creative thinking skills. “From this experience, I feel more confident about my ability to adapt to changes when things don’t go as planned,” Whipple said. Last summer the students also assisted Dr. Oza with the Balance Clinic. “I have noticed their professionalism and caring attitudes towards the clients,” she said. “These students make us – the Physical Therapy faculty – proud and I am confident they will represent University of the Pacific well.”

 

Welcome Back Dinner Prepares Students for Clinicals

slp dinner 1_resizedOn the evening of August 27, 2014 the Pacific Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Association hosted the 3rd Annual Speech-Language Pathology Welcome Back Dinner. The Welcome Back Dinner allows alumni and faculty to welcome the students back to campus, offer valuable clinical tips, and network. After the dinner, students were given an opportunity to learn from alumni experience in their choice of three (out of six options) roundtable sessions.

The roundtable sessions offer a variety of practice settings and insight for speech-language pathology students. At these sessions students have the chance to learn and interact with alumni working in their prospective fields. The six different roundtable session topics included: “Autism,” “Behavior Management,” “Discrete Trial Training and Positive Reinforcement,” “Early Intervention: Data Tracking,” “R,” and “Ross Information Processing Assessment-Geriatric Second Edition (RIPA G:2).” The rest of the night was divided into three sessions and students had the chance to sit at their choice of three (out of six) tables and soak in as much information as they could for fifteen minutes. There was so much to learn. Events like this are what set the Pacific experience apart from other programs. “Alumni provide first-hand experience, sharing their expertise and education,” commented Avenlea Gamble ’16.slp dinner_resized

Once checked-in, guests were able to mingle and catch up before being released for dinner. Nancy Harlow ’06, President of the Pacific Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Association, greeted guests and shared a few words. Susan Webster, Development Officer for speech-language pathology, thanked our generous sponsors, California Speech-Language Hearing Association (CSHA), the Pacific Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Association and generous alumni, faculty and staff that donated to the raffle. Dinner closed with raffle prizes for students; the prizes were generously donated by alumni and faculty for the students to use during their future clinicals.

Upon entering the speech-language pathology program, students are committing to help and care for others. The Welcome Back Dinner brings together these students and alumni that are already in the middle of this commitment and gives the opportunity to share this passion as well as helpful hints to make one another more effective. It is this passion for helping people that sparked the interest of student, Gamble and alumna, Mimi Tran ’04, ’05. Gamble described speech-language pathology as a “helping profession.” In conjunction, Tran said her “wanting to improve people’s lives,” inspired her to study speech-language pathology.

 

 

Prominent Stockton Physician Joins Pacific

Dr. Joseph Woelfel
Dr. Joseph Woelfel

The Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Ashok Daftary as the new Patient Care Clinic Medical Director. Dr. Daftary has 37 years of practice in internal medicine and geriatrics. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He joined the Pacific faculty in fall 2013.

“I am privileged to be a part of this University and to create a portal of entry for seniors to Pacific where we hope to help in many ways with their future healthcare,” said Dr. Daftary.

Dr. Daftary, a well-respected Stockton physician, is actively seeing patients in our Clinic. Under a collaborative practice agreement, Pharmacy faculty members and our students, under faculty supervision, now have the opportunity to participate in active patient care. Collaborative practice agreements with Speech-Audiology and Physical Therapy faculty and their students are being discussed. Additionally, Dr. Daftary is providing the “physician’s perspective” to our classroom setting.

Sincerely,

Joseph A. Woelfel, Ph.D., FASCP, R.Ph.
Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Director of Pharmaceutical Care Clinics
Coordinator for Geriatric Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences
Associate Professor

Dr. Ed Rogan Joins Department of Pharmacy Practice

Ed RoganThe University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is eager to welcome its newest member, Ed Rogan, to the pharmacy family. Rogan comes to us as an adjunct professor. He earned his bachelor of science in biology from University of Illinois and received his doctor of pharmacy from University of Iowa. Originally from Chicago, Rogan followed his Californian wife to the golden coast to pursue a career as a pharmacy manager and ultimately a tenured pharmacy professor. Over the next five years Rogan hopes to learn as much as he can about the department and how it works as well as get involved with research projects. Rogan states candidly, “I just want to learn as much as I possibly can and use that to teach. There’s really a lot to learn.” Fortunately for him, Rogan has several faculty mentors he looks up to and can connect with. When asked about his relationships with the other department members, Rogan replies, “They’ve all been really helpful. I like their personalities and how everyone works together. Everyone has a really good work ethic, they’re friendly, and dedicated to putting out the best pharmacy students they possible can. I really like the family feel here; Pacific can offer everything a big school can, but they also offer the community feeling.”

Rogan joins Pacific with a wealth of experience, previously working at and independent pharmacy, El Dorado as well as Green Brothers Pharmacy where he was the pharmacy manager and ran the community site for Pacific’s Advance Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) program. APPE provides pharmacy students with hands on experience working in a pharmacy and teaching them how to adapt to different settings. For his precepting work, Rogan received the prestigious Stockton Region Preceptor of the Year award in 2006 for his excellence in facilitating students on rotations.

When asked why he chose to pursue pharmacy as a career, Rogan responds, “I’ve always been interested in science and chemistry. I also really enjoy working with people, and I think pharmacy is a good combination of those three things; I can use my interpersonal skills, my communication skills, and my abilities in science to get good patient outcomes.” Rogan was initially attracted to pharmacy because of his grandmother, who was always having what he calls ‘medication misadventures.’ His grandmother’s difficulty with medication issues triggered his desire to help others who had problems with obtaining and using medications. Rogan was finally pushed into taking the first step when his mentor in pharmacy school helped him to focus on exactly what he wanted to do. Rogan explains, “He really pushed me towards community pharmacy practice, and exposed me to things that nobody else was really doing. He was a very innovative pharmacist and was doing very interesting things, which I found fascinating. That synergy between us really pushed me into being the practitioner I am today. Pharmacy is really a crux between science and human interaction; it gives you the opportunity to work one-on-one with patients. Pharmacy just has a certain thing to it. I love it.”

As a pharmacist dedicated to the wellbeing of his community, Rogan details the pros and cons of working in the field. He states, “The positive things about pharmacy are that you build relationships with people and patients, and you begin to build trust with them and that’s one of the best parts about pharmacy practice. The negative side of pharmacy practice is the economic model; reimbursement rates can be low, so the industry is pushing pharmacists away from patients while pharmacy education is trying to push practitioners towards patients.” Rogan is an advocate for relationship building between patient and practitioner and it is this quality that makes him a great professor; he sincerely enjoys the presence of driven students who are inspired to help the community. Rogan explains, “I haven’t had any classes yet, but I feel that the greatest asset of the students here at Pacific is that they are local. They learn here and stay here because they are invested in the community, which is a really good thing.”

Though Rogan has yet to teach a class at Pacific, he has already developed a core teaching philosophy. He wants to first assess students’ initial knowledge and be able to develop a teaching model that would achieve the outcome of a student learning to master a task and essentially seeing pharmacy as a big picture. He says, “I like using active learning strategies, not just lectures. I want to challenge students and get them thinking about how they can apply the things they learn.”

In addition to his role as a professor of pharmacy, Rogan is a guitarist in a band that has recorded and released three albums, a self-taught artist focusing on drawing and oil paintings, and a photographer in his spare time. His creativity is not only used for art however, he also uses his creativity to design and teach. Explaining further, Rogan says, “By using creativity, I can be entertaining and keep my audience or students engaged, and I think it helps facilitate learning. Also, if I’m trying to solve problems, I can use creativity to approach it from a different angle.”

In regards to his appointment as the new pharmacy professor, Rogan concludes by saying, “Having the opportunity to teach here is a very significant event in my life. Now that I’ve hit this level, I’ve got to keep going. Life is about going upstairs.”

Guest Blog: School Announces New Doctor of Audiology Program

I am delighted to announce our new professional doctorate degree program, Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Pacific’s Au.D. program will be the first in Northern California. It will be one of four accelerated programs in the country, and the only one in California. This program will be located on the new San Francisco campus with clinics on both the San Francisco and Stockton campuses. This three-year accelerated program will serve a cohort of 15-20 students per year and will draw students with undergraduate majors in speech-language pathology, biology, and pre-health. The first class of Pacific’s Doctor of Audiology students will begin in the fall of 2015 pending approval of the audiology accrediting agency.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, “employment of audiologists is expected to grow by 37% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hearing loss increases as people age, so an aging population is likely to increase demand for audiologists. The early identification and diagnosis of hearing disorders in infants also will spur employment growth. Advances in hearing aid design, such as the reduction of feedback and a smaller size, may make the devices more appealing as a means to minimize hearing loss, leading to more demand for the audiologists who provide hearing aids.” There is currently a shortage of audiologists in California since the only Au.D. Program in San Diego currently graduates eight to 10 audiologists per year.

Rendering of New San Francisco Campus
New San Francisco Campus

The Audiology Clinic on the Stockton campus will serve as a clinical site for students and has successfully operated since 2004. Our new Audiology Clinic on the San Francisco campus along with anticipated collaborations with many Northern California medical and audiology centers will provide student clinical experiences. The San Francisco Clinic will begin seeing patients in August 2014 and will provide residents throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with audiology and hearing aid services through patient visits and community outreach events.

An audiologist shortage statewide makes this new Doctor of Audiology Program critically important to both the region and state health care systems. The program will continue Pacific’s long history of producing graduates who are highly skilled health care practitioners. It will build upon Pacific’s reputation and strengths in health sciences, reach new student markets, and align with our strategic plan, Pacific 2020.

We are pleased to offer a wonderful opportunity to create a permanent legacy by naming the new audiology clinic, classrooms, labs, sound booths, and offices. Naming opportunities are recognized forever in our beautiful new San Francisco Campus building. We invite you to partner with us. Contact Susan Webster at 209-946-3116 or swebster@pacific.edu for more information.

Robert E. Hanyak, Au.D.
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Audiology
Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Alex Ray ’07 Opens Up About His New Clinic

Alex Ray_resizedAlex Ray ‘07 and his wife Nicole, own North Area Physical Therapy in Carmichael, California. I recently visited Alex where I toured the clinic and asked a few questions:

 

Susan: You take Pacific Physical Therapy students as a Clinical Instructor (CI). What is that like?

Alex: I have been pleased with the students from Pacific that I have worked with. Pacific students seem to have a broad range of what they have been exposed to and bring some new ideas and current physical therapy education to our more experienced staff.

What advice would you give a new grad as they enter the profession?
I would advise students to think of the first year of school as another step in their education and to absorb as much as possible, by year three out of school I think you tend to feel much more comfortable with whatever rolls through the door no matter what area of expertise you have begun to develop.

You and your wife Nicole purchased North Area Physical Therapy in 2012. Do you have advice for PT grads or students who would like to own a private practice?
For students thinking about owning private practice, I would advise taking a basic business management class, possibly interning with an owner as your CI. Getting exposure to as much of the billing and insurance authorization seems tedious but it is part of making PT a viable resource for patients to have access to.

NAPT has a great therapy pool! How does aquatic therapy benefit your patients?
Aquatic therapy has been an invaluable tool to utilize in the clinic. Most of the people we see have multiple co-morbidities or injury history other than what they are being referred for, the pool often gives people a chance who do not know how to get started on an exercise program.

Tell us about your family.
I married my wife Nicole during PT school and we have a three and a half year old son named Carson and a three month old daughter named Evelyne. I play some softball and am set to go to SF Giants baseball fantasy camp in January for the second time with my Dad and younger brother. I can’t wait to coach Little League.

Your clinic specializes in PT and sports medicine. Can you explain the difference? What type of athletes do you treat in your clinic?
Our clinic specializes in sports injuries which are usually the weekend warrior type or the high school soccer player. I love training an athlete with a specific goal to return to and really apply these concepts to our patients whether they are eight or eighty-eight years old.

What was your favorite class during PT school?
I really liked Neuro and Ortho labs and our Neuro professor Peggy Roller and Orthopedic professor Tamara Little (Phelan). Christy Wilson was my advisor when I first walked onto campus and she made me feel comfortable with my choice to attend grad school and deal with the outside stress of life.

Any words of wisdom for our current Physical Therapy Students?
I miss school and urge my students to enjoy that time in their career that they can never really replicate. You will always band together as a group to complain about tests, schedules, and presentations, but in the end you will really appreciate the experience at Pacific.

 

 

Spotlight: Virtu Arora

Virtu Arora, a practicing physical therapist for the past 15 years, earned her doctorate of physical therapy from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences. She recently made a generous equipment donation to Pacific’s Department of Physical Therapy (PT). Dr. Tamara Phelan ’08, Associate Professor, shared, “The equipment donated by Dr. Arora was so timely. One of the most difficult things in a program such as ours is to keep up with technology. Many of the items donated update significantly the technology that our students will use during their training. This is a real advantage, as our students will graduate with experience on some of the latest clinical equipment, improving their learning experience and making them more clinically prepared.”

Dr. Arora in her new clinic treatment rooms at Central Valley Physical Therapy in Stockton.

Dr. Arora made this generous donation shortly after she moved from her private practice on Stockton’s Miracle Mile to Central Valley Physical Therapy (PT)/Movement for Life as Director of the Lymphedema Program. She is enjoying her new work setting explaining that Central Valley PT received the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 2012 Jane L. Snyder Private Practice of the Year Award. Central Valley PT also employs four recent Pacific grads: Kyle Tattershall ’11, Jenny Cano ’11, Sara Belluomini ’11, and Pacific PT Alumni Association Board Member, Michelle Stephenson ’11. Virtu says, “Pacific graduates look like seasoned therapists already!”

Dr. Arora is a founding member of the Pacific Physical Therapy Leadership Council. “I hope to bring fresh ideas and connections to the community, and will continue to help promote Pacific. My goal is to contribute to the wonderful profession of physical therapy and to the future generations of physical therapists.”

Last August, Dr. Arora taught “Understanding Lymphedema – Role of a Physical Therapist” in the School’s Physical Therapy Fall Continuing Education Series. Arora is a Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) certified physical therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and has completed advanced courses in Lymphedema management at Stanford University. “Lymphedema is a disease which is often ignored or mistreated due to lack of awareness and education,” explained Dr. Arora.

Dr. Arora is married to a Stockton physician and has two elementary age children. She recently was a key parent volunteer in the elementary school play; she also guides student groups for Science Olympiad and Math Olympiad, and is a board member of the San Joaquin Indian Association. Virtu exclaims, “University of the Pacific is close to my heart because I am invested in this community. Pacific is something positive in our community!”

 

 

VN CARES Pacific Family Health Fair Going Strong

The Fourth Annual Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research Education Society, VN CARES, Pacific Family Health Fair hosted approximately 500 community members on March 6, 2011 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Stockton. The event was organized by Pacific’s VN CARES students with help from nearly 150 Pacific student pharmacists, 20 Pacific and UC Davis students, 12 community pharmacists, and 20 community exhibitors. Many of the preceptors were Pacific alumni, donating their time and expertise to mentoring the next generation of Pacific pharmacists.The purpose of VN CARES is to promote health issue awareness, knowledge, and preventative care in the Vietnamese community, in addition to creating opportunities for students interested in the health field to gain experience and work in the community.

The Fourth Annual Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research Education Society, VN CARES, Pacific Family Health Fair hosted approximately 500 community members on March 6, 2011 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Stockton. The event was organized by Pacific’s VN CARES students with help from nearly 150 Pacific student pharmacists, 20 Pacific and UC Davis students, 12 community pharmacists, and 20 community exhibitors. Many of the preceptors were Pacific alumni, donating their time and expertise to mentoring the next generation of Pacific pharmacists.The purpose of VN CARES is to promote health issue awareness, knowledge, and preventative care in the Vietnamese community, in addition to creating opportunities for students interested in the health field to gain experience and work in the community.