Patient Education Council arranges screenings of hundreds

PharmD student talks to patient during El Rio Health FairThe COP Patient Education Council (PEC) planned student pharmacist participation in numerous health fairs and other events where students screened hundreds of patients this past year. 

Through PEC activities in the 2015-2016 academic year, PharmD students volunteered to participate in the following community events:

  • 19 health fairs: Students provided free screenings for diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, breathing problems and osteoporosis. 
  • Eight medication review events: Students worked with patients to create lists of their prescription and over-the-counter medications and educated them on appropriate medicine use.
  • Three drug take-back events: Students collaborated with the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center and local police departments to help patients dispose of their unwanted medicines. 

Student pharmacist volunteers screened about 1,300 patients for various chronic conditions and educated approximately 2,500 patients on other health topics.

For more information on the Patient Education Council, contact 2016-2017 co-chairs Ana Ramirez and Yvonne Ng, PharmD Class of 2019, or Jennifer Lee, PharmD Class of 2018, patient education coordinator for APhA. 

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