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Idaho State University student pharmacists to hold pharmacy day and health fair at state capitol

Posted January 14, 2014

Idaho State University student pharmacists will join the Idaho State Pharmacy Association (ISPA) to present Idaho Pharmacy Day and Health Fair Monday, Jan. 20.

A wide range of health services will be offered to the public for free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Capitol.

ISU’s student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and local Idaho pharmacists will be on the first floor of the Idaho State Capitol Building in downtown Boise. Students will provide free screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure, flu shots and cholesterol, as well as inform the attendees about smoking cessation, immunization, poison prevention, the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and over-the-counter medications and natural products. There will also be pharmacists available to discuss their expanding roles within a variety of practice settings.

The event is part of a continuous outreach effort by ISU-College of Pharmacy to raise health awareness throughout Idaho. Student pharmacists from ISU have received national recognition for their innovative and expansive patient care projects through the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). They received the 2011 National Award for their diabetes outreach projects. The accolades received are even more impressive because ISU is among the AAA Division in terms of size, so ISU grabbed this award using a much smaller number of students than the AA and A schools. The following year they were awarded a Chapter Achievement Award based on all of their projects and programs which placed them third of all 37 AAA Chapters.

ISU student pharmacists continue to dominate their region including top pharmacy schools like Oregon State, Washington State, University of Washington and University of Utah. There are five standard patient care projects that receive regional and national awards within APhA. In 2013, ISU received the regional award for three of those five projects: Diabetes, Immunization and Generation Rx. Generation Rx provides Jr. High and High School students information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. These awards represent the dedication of students, faculty, and pharmacists from the community who oversee students.

The criteria for these awards include the number of community members that are served by each outreach event. For example, 5,363 people in Idaho have been immunized by the Operation Immunization initiative this past year with more immunization events scheduled for the spring.

Student pharmacists and ISPA are inviting all community members and pharmacists to celebrate and learn about the profession of pharmacy by attending Idaho Pharmacy Day and Health Fair.