Serving the Underserved
SNPhA (Student National Pharmaceutical Association) is an educational service association of pharmacy students whom are concerned about the profession of pharmacy, healthcare issues, and the poor minority representation in these areas. The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of minority communities.
President: Taylor Latvala
President-elect: Evelyn Wang
Vice President: Caroline Rusch
Secretary: Qing Xiang Mo
Treasurer: Myles Blas
Fundraising Chair: Jianfa Chen
Service Chair: Jonathan Hoosein
Staff Advisor: Cindy Konovitz
White Coat Ceremony
On August 23, the new P1 class participated in the White Coat Ceremony and took the Oath of a Pharmacist. After the ceremony, SNPhA members talked to the new P1 class to inform them about the mission of SNPhA and the many events that we host in the community. We also had an Instagram cut-out where the P1 class could take pictures in a frame that says future pharmacist. These pictures were then shared with the students. The P1 class, as well as their family and friends that attended, were really excited to take the picture using our Instagram cut-out!
sPring into health
At a recent health fair, SNPhA members were able to provide counseling regarding general health, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. The majority of the patients were seniors who were curious and wanted to learn more about diabetes and other conditions that they were diagnosed with. Students were able to elaborate on tips such as the plate method and carb counting. SNPhA students were also able to review medications that a group of seniors were currently on.
Compounding with the boys and girls club
SNPhA members held a fun compounding event with the Boys and Girls Club. We were able to make foam soap and hand-sanitizers with about 70 elementary and middle school children! In addition, SNPhA members were able to educate about pharmacist roles, poison prevention, nutrition and the importance of exercise. A huge shout-out to our service chair, Gurjot, for setting up this amazing event! And, a special thank you to Professor Reiman for all his help!
Power to end stroke
On September 14th from 11AM to 2PM, the Power to End Stroke initiative collaborated with a Tops Friendly Markets pharmacy store #213 on 1460 South Park Ave near downtown Buffalo area on raising awareness about stroke. Students were able to educate customers and shoppers about risk factors, signs/symptoms, and lifestyle changes regarding strokes. The PTES initiative presented their poster on stroke, handed out National Stroke Association informational pamphlets, and took blood pressure readings. The SNPhA participants at the event were Lisa, Vinson, Athena, Ashley, and Daniel. At the end of the wellness clinic, we were able to reach out to over ten customers in raising awareness and empowering them to end stroke.