Pharmacy Students Enjoy Community Outreach Efforts

Pharmacy Students with Girl Scouts
September 23, 2019

Elementary School Students Learn about Diabetes

More than 150 students, teachers, and administrators at P.S. 173 in Fresh Meadows, NY, focused on childhood diabetes and the importance of healthy eating and exercise during a special program led by CPHS pharmacy students. The January event was a joint collaboration between the American Pharmacist Association–Academy of Student Pharmacists and the Student Society of Pediatric Pharmacy.   

Seerat Kapoor '20Pharm.D., Saara Nasruddin '20Pharm.D., and Maryam Sekhery '20Pharm.D. worked with the Office of the Dean to develop the presentation tailored for those in grades three through five.

Rho Chi Members Discuss Health Awareness with Children

The Rho Chi Beta Delta chapter collaborated with P.S. 173 in Fresh Meadows, NY, to host a series of health awareness events during the 2018–19 academic year. During their first visit, Rho Chi members Alexander Cheung ’21Pharm.D. and Jeffrey Thomas '21Pharm.D. sat down with Girl Scout Troop 4089 to explain the role of the pharmacist, how to safely use over-the-counter medications, and how to safely treat common colds. The program helped troop members earn their Junior First Aid badges. 

At their second visit, members Oudit Balkaran '22Pharm.D., Shirley Cheung '21Pharm.D., and Gini Thomas '21Pharm.D. discussed cold and flu prevention with the entire school, and during the final visit, Sona Goswami '22Pharm.D., Ashley Leung '22Pharm.D., Connie Liang '22Pharm.D., and Shivani Shah '21Pharm.D. discussed ways to stay safe during the summer months. Topics covered included using sunscreens and insect repellants, and staying hydrated.

These school outreach events not only provided our community with a better understanding of the role of the pharmacist, but also gave our members an opportunity to educate others and improve their own public speaking skills.