As another year draws to a close and the anticipation of the holiday season hangs in the air, Roseman University students, faculty and staff can be proud of an autumn filled with community engagement. True to the University mission— to impact the health, education and wellness of our communities, the institution has demonstrated a commitment to service with a wide variety of outreach initiatives. So much so, that it’s nearly impossible to list each and every community touch point. However, looking forward to a new year provides an opportunity to reflect on a just a few highlights of the many ways in which Roseman is giving back and making a difference.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), the misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers—is a serious national crisis that affects public health. In response to this national health issue, the College of Pharmacy Drug Abuse Awareness Team (DAAT) is giving back and provided education to over 600 parents, students, and community members on topics ranging from the risks associated with over-the-counter (OTC) medications, illicit substances and prescription medications, to the safe and effective disposal of unused or expired prescriptions. During the 2017 Drug Take Back, DAAT students distributed over 100 drug disposal bags recovering nearly 1,500 lbs. of unused prescription medications.
“As future pharmacists, educating the community on proper medication disposal is important for a variety of reasons. We play an important role in helping prevent abuse, misuse and diversion of prescription medications,” explains DAAT President Russel Arceo. “Take back programs can also help serve as an environmental protection,” he continues. “Recent studies have shown trace amounts of prescription medications in our water supply and the most likely source of this contamination comes from medications that have not been properly disposed.”
The College of Pharmacy’s on-campus Medicare Call Lab – a partnership with Nevada’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) – continued to provide Medicare beneficiaries unbiased information to help them make informed decisions about their Medicare enrollment and coverage options during the current Medicare open enrollment period that ends this month. Staffed by volunteer student pharmacists from the Roseman University chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), the Medicare Call Lab has saved Medicare beneficiaries $925,000 since June 2016 and anticipates reaching the $1 million milestone soon.
College of Nursing students also remained active in the community as the Student Nurses Association (SNA) supported local events giving back to the Opportunity Village HallOVeen at the Magical Forest, Mobile Healthcare Day, and Roseman Healthcare Day. CESSNA members supported the Family Promise Food Drive & Health Clinic, Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts and coordinated blood donations for the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting victims.
Kappa Psi is giving back and supported multiple worthy causes including Hurricane Harvey Relief, Heroes vs. Villains 5K Food Drive and Utah Special Olympics. In addition, Henderson students conducted 220 glucose screenings, 287 blood pressure screenings and 165 cholesterol screenings, identifying over 300 collective values outside of the normal range. Student groups also participated in five local health fairs providing immunizations to nearly 800 community members.
On the heels of a fall membership drive, the recently formed College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists (CPNP) wasted no time engaging with the community. Focusing on the mental health, substance abuse and neurologic aspects of pharmacy, the new club volunteered for such events as Out of The Darkness (a suicide awareness and prevention walk), the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and held a clothing and food drive for veterans diagnosed with mental health issues and facing homelessness.
Reflecting on the accomplishments of 2017 and looking forward to future initiatives, students, faculty and staff can celebrate a proven commitment to giving back. Whether providing education on current health issues or rallying in times of crisis, Roseman University is sure to continue supporting wellness in the community it serves through genuine outreach and engagement.
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