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Pittsburgh Pharmacist Earns Creighton Alumni Merit Award

Pittsburgh Pharmacist Earns Creighton Alumni Merit Award

Sharon E. Connor, Pharm.D., an assistant professor with the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, will receive the 2007 alumni award from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

The award will be presented to the Pittsburgh resident at the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Annual Alumni Reunion banquet on Oct. 5.

Connor, formerly of Omaha, received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Creighton in 1988 and went on to earn a doctor of pharmacy degree in 1993.

At the University of Pittsburgh, Connor has shown a deep commitment to caring for medically underserved populations as well as to teaching and mentoring her students to do the same through service-learning projects and volunteerism. She has lectured extensively on the importance of volunteerism and service learning.

Connor directs the University of Pittsburgh’s Program for Pharmaceutical Care for Underserved Populations, a program in which volunteers offer pharmacy services to homeless and low-income people. Under her direction, faculty, alumni and students provide direct patient care, acquire free medications, organize supplies and recruit new volunteers to provide services at clinics and shelters throughout the Pittsburgh area.

A past volunteer with Doctors Without Borders, Connor also has helped meet the health needs of people in a number of third-world nations. Her efforts have included six-month-long, unpaid service trips to both Kenya and Ethiopia.

Since 2002, Connor has served as a board member for the Rx Council of Western Pennsylvania, which helps patients obtain prescription drugs they could otherwise not afford.

For her community service, she received the 2005 University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

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