The fall season has arrived, and both Nevada and Utah are finally seeing relief from a long and hot summer. I’m looking forward to cooler temperatures, especially in the evening and early morning, colorful fall foliage, and the fast-approaching holidays.
While this time of year gives us the coveted hot spiced pumpkin latte, it also marks the beginning of the flu season. As a licensed pharmacist, in addition to my role as Roseman University’s President, I want to encourage you to get your flu vaccine this year. While it’s important to get a flu shot every year to protect yourself from potentially severe illness, with COVID-19 still a threat in our communities, this year it’s more important than ever. A spike in both flu and COVID-19 infections can overwhelm our healthcare system. The flu vaccine provides you and your family extra protection and helps your community.
You can get a flu shot quickly and conveniently at most pharmacies. In Nevada, Roseman’s College of Pharmacy has also partnered with the Southern Nevada Health District to offer free flu shots at various locations throughout the Las Vegas area all month long. You can learn about the dates and locations here.
Administering vaccines is just one of the many roles of pharmacists, an integral member of the healthcare team of professionals that keep patients and their families healthy. In recognition of American Pharmacists Month, in this month’s issue we share the many career paths of a pharmacist. I invite you to read and learn how today’s student pharmacists have a variety of opportunities that await them upon graduation.
As we shared in our first-ever State of the University presentation last month, our thousands of pharmacy alumni, along with their peers from nursing, dental medicine and our MBA program, are making an impact in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Not only are they helping to provide compassionate healthcare — many on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic –they’re contributing to their local economics. If you missed our State of the University presentation, I invite you to watch it. It’s available for view at www.roseman.edu/sotu. Also available is a FY2019 Roseman University Economic Impact report compiled by the nationally recognized consulting firm Tripp Umbach. The Report reaffirms not only Roseman’s important role in educating new generations of healthcare professionals, but the many economic benefits we bring to Nevada and Utah.
Finally, I’d like to share with you a video we premiered at the State of the University event. Based on our mission, it provides an outstanding overview of where we started and where we’re going as an institution.
Thank you for your continued support!
Renee Coffman, BS Pharm, PhD
President and Co-Founder