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UC School of Pharmacy to Host Health Fair at Charleston Town Center

Release Date:  Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Charleston Town Center Mall will host a free health fair on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the mall’s Center Court from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

Members of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists will provide educational resources for immunizations, medication adherence, cervical cancer, and diabetes as well as blood glucose and blood pressure screenings. In a 2012 survey, West Virginia ranked among the highest states for the prevalence of diabetes, cervical cancer and other health related conditions.

“At the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, we believe education is the best tool we can use in the prevention and management of diseases” said Kyle Sargent, student pharmacist and organizer of the event. “This health fair will address many medical issues that affect people in the region and provide free information on disease prevention and management.”

The event is part of the Script Your Future campaign in which health profession students from across the country are joining together to educate the public on the importance of medication adherence. More than one-third of medicine-related hospitalizations, and almost 125,000 deaths, in the United States each year are due to people not taking their medicine as directed.

For more information please contact Kyle Sargent, event coordinator at kylesargent@ucwv.edu or ASHP@ucwv.edu.

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy enrolled its first students in 2006, and received full accreditation when the first class graduated in May, 2010. Each year, the school educates over 300 student pharmacists in a new, technology-filled building. The program is known for the close cooperation between students and faculty, an emphasis on professionalism and advocacy, and PharmUC, an on-campus provider of medication therapy management and chronic disease education services for patients. For more information on the UC School of Pharmacy, visit www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy.