Roseman strives to instill in its students the importance of giving back to the community, both while at the University, and after graduation as they enter the healthcare workforce. The University accomplishes this goal through various service-centered efforts. Two recent examples are distributing naloxone kits to members of the community to help combat the rising numbers of opioid overdoses and our Back to School Brush-UpTM event that provides free dental screenings and cleanings to children.
In August 2016, the University received a $40,000 Sorenson Legacy Foundation philanthropic grant to assist Roseman University’s Project NED (Naloxone Education & Distribution). Under the leadership of Danielle Gundrum, Roseman professor of pharmacy practice in the College of Pharmacy, Project NED was able to educate users about naloxone and distribute naloxone to members of the community who attended one of the approximately 20 separate educational sessions throughout the Salt Lake Valley, at eight different treatment centers. In total, 528 kits were distributed and, to date, Project NED has received reports that eight kits were used. To read more about the results of the grant and how to help stop the opioid epidemic in Utah, click here.
As the summer months came to a close and families prepared for another school year, Roseman’s South Jordan Campus helped make school preparation a little easier and a little less expensive. On August 11, The Dental Clinic at Roseman University, dental students with the guidance of faculty and the support of staff, put on the University’s annual free Back to School Brush-UpTM event. The event was open to children entering grades K through 12 for the 2017-18 school year. All attendees received free dental screenings and cleanings, and a voucher to return for a free comprehensive exam, x-rays, and up to $50 of additional care. Throughout the day, the Clinic treated 380 children, most having limited access to dental care. The University is proud of the efforts of all those who made this event possible. To read more about the success of this event, click here.
Roseman University also partnered with Ultradent to help raise money for the Utah Food Bank at the Heroes v Villains Family Event on September 16 at Thanksgiving Point from 4pm to 9pm. One in seven Utahns face hunger every day and one in five children in Utah will miss a meal each day. Roseman University and Ultradent, in an effort to lower these statistics, each committed to donate $10,000, all of which will be donated to the Utah Food Bank. Bring your families, dress up as your favorite hero or villain, and participate in the various activities that will be going on throughout the night all for a great cause. University students and employees will be volunteering at the event, so stop by the University booth to say hello.
In addition to volunteering to helping raise money for the Utah Food Bank, pharmacy, nursing, and dental students will also have a booth at the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce Best of the West Health Fair on September 26 from 4 to 7pm.
September continues to be a busy month for the University as we prepare to host the Utah Business Healthcare Heroes 2017 VIP Reception on September 20 from 5 to 6:30pm. In attendance will be the Healthcare Heroes 2017 awardees, one of whom is our very own Dr. William Harman – College of Dental Medicine associate dean for admissions and student services, a winner in the Healthcare Educator category. While at the reception, awardees and guests will be able to tour of the University’s Campus.
Following the VIP Reception, Dr. William Harman, along with all other Utah Business Healthcare Heroes for 2017, will be honored at a luncheon on September 26 at The Grand America. Congratulations to Dr. William Harman, an honor well deserved.
The 2017-18 academic year is starting off on a very good note. The University looks forward to what the coming months will bring. Thank you to all of our students and employees who are representing the University in such a positive way in the community we serve. The University is only as great as the students and employees who attend and work here, and you all are fantastic.
Martin Lipsky, MD
Chancellor – South Jordan Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences