Charleston, WV – From January 21 to March 22, 2019, an interdisciplinary student team from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP), nursing, and physician assistant programs will kick off a series of community outreach activities throughout West Virginia and southern Ohio to raise awareness about the health consequences of not taking medication as directed. They will join with health professions students across the country in the 2019 National Consumers League Script Your Future: Medication Adherence Team Challenge, a two month-long inter-collegiate competition among health profession student teams and faculty for creating solutions to raise awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue.
Outreach activities for this year’s campaign include: rural health outreach; a radio blog series; advocacy events during the West Virginia legislative session; distribution of informational flyers with patient prescriptions at surrounding Fruth Pharmacy locations; Generation Rx outreach presentations to over 25 third-grade classrooms, diabetes, heart and cervical cancer education, medication management discussions and more.
“We are very excited for this year’s challenge. Our student pharmacists have partnered with students in our physician assistant, nursing, and health promotions program to provide an interprofessional approach in educating our community about the importance of medication adherence. Not taking medications as directed can lead to other health problems, especially if you already have asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure,” said Dr. Susan Bissett, UCSOP’s assistant dean for professional and student affairs. “The challenge period is an opportunity for our UC health professions students to use their knowledge and skills to make a significant impact in the areas of medication safety and adherence.”
The Challenge is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
In 2018, UCSOP received the National Award for their efforts in the campaign. It was the fifth time and fourth consecutive year that UCSOP has been recognized with this accolade since the campaign’s conception in 2011.
To learn more about the 2019 Script your Future Medication Adherence Challenge, visit the Script Your Future website.
Download a list of UCSOP Script Your Future 2019 outreach activities.