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Creighton Pharmacy Students Get National Award for Community Service

Creighton Pharmacy Students Get National Award for Community Service

Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions will receive a national award for a cardiovascular risk-screening program, led by Creighton pharmacy students and designed to identify heart disease in medically underserved populations.

Creighton is one of four pharmacy schools nationwide that will receive the 2009-10 Student Community Engaged Service Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy at a Feb. 8 awards luncheon in Arlington, Va. Other recipients include Chicago University, Purdue University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Each school will receive $15,000 to expand its award-winning program, pursue a new service program, or support professional travel for students in the winning program.

Creighton’s Cardiovascular Risk Screening and Health Promotion program is an elective pharmacy course that incorporates into the curriculum Creighton University’s mission of serving others. Participating pharmacy students have the opportunity to be involved with some of Omaha's largest health fairs. During the 2008-2009 academic year, 41 Creighton pharmacy students completed the course for a total of 502 community service hours, serving approximately 2,200 community residents.

Members of the winning Creighton team are Allison Strobel (team leader) of Omaha, Neb., Julie Thiry of Brookfield, Wis., Vincent Murphy of White Bear Lake, Minn. and Nicole Parker of Eagle, Colo. Emily Sexson, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, served as faculty adviser.