Become an International Leader!
The International Pharmaceutical Student Federation (IPSF) of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is a worldwide student pharmacy organization that advocates for the improvement of public health and pharmacy education. Our projects and events aim to allow students to make an impact on the community and eventually the world!
The UB International Pharmaceutical Students Federation is an organization focused on outreach initiatives to underserved populations on the local, national, and international level. The organization is responsible for organizing annual international medical mission trips, annual medical mission trips to areas within the United States, and local outreach in the Western New York area throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to attend the annual Global Missions Health Conference in November.
IPSF President/International VP: Zakiya Rhodie
IPSF Treasurer: Jinchan Yoo
IPSF Secretary: Dhvani Shah
IPSF Outreach Coordinator: Gisela Canales
IPSF Health Campaign Coordinator: Kira Voyer
Faculty Advisor: Gina Prescott, PharmD
Remote Area Medical (RAM) at Wise County, VA
Every summer, APhA-IPSF hosts a trip to the largest free health clinic in the United States. This past July 2018, over 3,000 patients were triaged and help! Approximately $410,000 in medical services were provided to underserved populations that traveled from throughout Virginia and surrounding states like Tennessee and Kentucky. There is a chronic shortage of medical resources in both rural and urban areas. As pharmacy students, we can provide education and guidance on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and manage medications. This is a great experience for pharmacy students to partake in health-related activities. These activities include A1C readings, Cardio Checks, Triaging (Blood Pressure and Glucose Readings), Opioid Overdose and Narcan (Naloxone) Recovery training, Preoperative Counseling, Rx Counseling, Dental Shadowing, and Immunizations, which are allowed in the state of Virginia to be administered by pharmacy students whom have been trained!
Alternative Spring Break in the Windy City
UBSPPS students were granted a chance to serve the underrepresented diverse population in Chicago as well as explore the windy city! Students participated and assisted with helping the Pacific Garden Mission, a local homeless shelter located in downtown Chicago that provide free medical and dental services to local residents. Students provided patient health education, participated in taking blood pressure, discussed wellness and prevalent disease states.
International Mission Trips
Locations: Ghana, Jamaica (Spring Break), Haiti (with SIGN Inc. or UB Medical School), Dominican Republic, Belize!
Every year, UB School of Pharmacy students are given the chance to travel all over the world to countries like Haiti, Belize, Dominican Republic, Ghana, and Jamaica! This past year, our pharmacy students helped over 2,000 patients internationally. With the help and efforts of the IPSF Fundraising Committee, over 400 over-the-counter medications and supplies were collected!
IPSF Cultural Night
Join us as we celebrate cultures from around the world! At APhA-IPSF cultural night, students bring in their favorite cultural dishes and we celebrate cultural diversity through food, dress, music, speeches, and dance! At the end of the night, have a chance to win a gift basket by entering into the raffle!
IPSF Speaker Series: Cheryl Brown
Our guest speaker, Cheryl Brown, is the Public Health Representative for the Refugee Program at the NYS Department of Health! She discussed who is a refugee, the process of getting into the U.S., their life after arriving, and her role with the process.