SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – October 22, 2019 – The College of Pharmacy at Roseman University of Health Sciences and CVS Health are working together to raise awareness of pharmacy careers and increase the number of Hispanic/Latino applicants to the college’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.
In May 2018, CVS Health presented the Roseman University College of Pharmacy with an initial $25,000 check to fund Hispanic recruitment and outreach initiatives in Las Vegas, Nev. In November 2018, CVS Health committed to renewing the grant for another four years and an additional amount of $100,000 to continue the recruitment and outreach initiatives. In August the grant was extended to the Roseman South Jordan, Utah campus. In addition to the grant funding Hispanic recruitment and outreach initiatives, it will also support the Hispanic/Latino population by improving access to education, career opportunities and healthcare in Utah.
“We have a very diverse student population in the Roseman University College of Pharmacy, but Hispanic and Latino students continue to be underrepresented, as they are in the pharmacy profession overall,” said Dr. Helen Park, assistant dean for admissions and student affairs for Roseman University’s College of Pharmacy. “Through this partnership with CVS Health, we look forward to continuing to enhance our outreach to the growing Hispanic populations, in Utah and neighboring states, to raise awareness of pharmacy careers and the educational opportunities to become a pharmacist.”
Although Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority in the country — just over 18 percent of the nation’s total population, according to latest 2018 Census data — they make up only 4.6 percent of the pharmacist workforce and 6.5 percent of pharmacy students for the incoming class in 2018.
“In Utah the Hispanic population comprises 13 percent of the total state population and 66 percent of Hispanics in Utah speak a language other than English at home. Having additional Spanish-speaking pharmacists can help improve health literacy among this growing population,” said Dr. Dustin Christensen-Grant, College of Pharmacy Director of Admissions and Student Affairs. “Due to the number of Hispanics in Utah, Roseman University and CVS Health determined that it was imperative to expand the CVS Health Spanish Pathway initiative to Roseman University’s South Jordan campus.
With CVS Health’s support, Roseman University will establish a pathway for Hispanic undergraduate students to learn about pharmacy education and careers, and establish a pipeline of Spanish speaking students to enter the field of pharmacy with a desire to serve the Hispanic community. Initiatives will include interactive “Dia de la Farmacia” events to introduce the pharmacy profession to prospective students and CVS Health as a potential future employer. Spanish-speaking student pharmacists will also be deployed into local Hispanic/Latino communities to increase access to health screenings and education. The CVS Health Foundation also provides pharmacy scholarships annually to Roseman to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest future pharmacists. The CVS Health Foundation scholarship programs promotes a commitment to giving back in the communities we serve and a focus on bilingual pharmacist advancement.
“CVS Health’s commitment to diversity is deeply rooted in our purpose of helping people on their path to better health,” said David Casey, vice president, workforce strategies and Chief Diversity Officer. “For our company to thrive, we need innovative partnerships with institutions like the Roseman University College of Pharmacy, to help produce a highly trained, culturally diverse future health care workforce for companies like CVS Health.”
About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level healthcare professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson and Summerlin (Las Vegas), Nevada and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency, an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency and a Doctor of Dental Medicine; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner; and a healthcare-focused MBA program. Roseman University of Health Sciences will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine, once it becomes accredited. More than 6,000 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). roseman.edu.
Rachael Thomas, MBA