University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy
By Brett Bailey
Edited By Puja B Patel
At UAMS, one of our biggest efforts for the spring semester is working to raise money for the children of Camp Hope, a week-long camp for HIV positive children to participate in traditional camp activities without the burdens of their disease. Throughout the semester we had many fundraisers and charity events for students to donate money. First, at our Annual Chili Cook-off in February, we had a silent auction for Camp Hope as mentioned in our previous update. Many students, faculty, and outside sources donated gifts that attendees at the Chili Cook-off could bid on with all of the proceeds going to help kids attend Camp Hope. Gifts this year included gift cards to local restaurants, home-baked goods, a day riding dirt bikes, and an afternoon out on a Faculty Member’s boat. The auction was a massive success this year, raising over $1500 dollars thanks to the giving of our chapter members.
In addition to the auction, our chapter also hosted a Spaghetti Lunch at our Universit,y during which local restaurants donated spaghetti and bread with our chapter supplying the salad and desserts. Our chapter sold plates of food to the members of our College, the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and the Graduate School. Since all the food was either donated or provided by the chapter, we were able to donate all money from the Spaghetti Dinner to Camp Hope as well. Finally, UAMS APhA-ASP also sold a T-shirt to the College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine, and College of Nursing with the profits from the shirt benefiting Camp Hope. All together, these three activities allowed our chapter to donate a total of $2440.00 to Camp Hope, a number that blows our previous years out of the water. We were amazed by our Chapter members’ kindness, charity, and generosity to help such an amazing cause!
Texas Tech University
By: Cindy Adibe
Edited by: Puja Patel
By: Cindy Adibe
Edited by: Puja Patel
As Student Pharmacist, we believe it is extremely important to prevent health issues as much as possible. Operation Fit, a new committee, is committed to encouraging students, faculty, and the general public to lead a healthy life by eating right and exercising. In February, Operation Fit had its first healthy foods potluck event, which was a major success. When Texas Tech APhA-ASP members are not talking about medications or fitness, you can catch them teaching elementary students how to prevent exposure to poison alongside the local Amarillo Poison Control Center. The lessons are taught in a fun and interactive manner through the use of puppets! The kids absolutely love it!
During American Pharmacists Month, Texas Tech helped to spread the word about the varied roles of pharmacists in the healthcare field and their impact on local communities through the promotion of optimal health. Texas Tech continues to do so this semester. Texas Tech participated in the CPFI Health Fair in February at Eastridge Elementary School in Amarillo. Eastridge Elementary is located in one of the most economically deprived areas in Amarillo. There are many refugee families, and more than 22 languages are spoken at Eastridge. Texas Tech also participated in the Texas Pharmacy Association’s canned food drive competition and collected a substantial amount of food, pushing Texas Tech into the top three schools!
The Texas Tech University HSC APhA-ASP chapter is extremely active on all four of its campuses in Amarillo, Dallas, Lubbock, and Abilene. For example, Texas Tech volunteered this semester with Snack Pak 4 Kids, a local non-profit organization, that packs lunch sacks for underprivileged students who are not guaranteed meals outside of school. In February, Texas Tech also supported Heart Disease Awareness by wearing red for National Wear Red Day. Texas Tech also supported National Drug Facts week in January to raise awareness about drug abuse among teenagers.