AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Nearly 150 Medicare Part D enrollees across Alabama have benefited from a partnership between the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy and Alabama’s State Health Insurance and Assistance Program.
Last fall, 17 events were held in 11 cities, where pharmacy students worked one-on-one with Medicare Part D beneficiaries to determine which prescription drug plan best suited their individual needs. The events were in Alexander City, Valley, Mobile, Auburn, Montgomery, Tuskegee, Phenix City, Wetumpka, Opelika, Roanoke and Eufaula.
“I saw this as an opportunity to bring the classroom to the community, something that can benefit everyone,” said Salisa Westrick, an associate professor in the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Longstanding Southern traditions of cooking and eating often clash with the dietary requirements needed to manage diabetes. In particular, type 2 diabetes is consistently problematic in Alabama, which has ranked among the top three states for diabetes for the past several years.
One of the problems is a lack of access to accredited education about culturally tailored healthy lifestyles and other diabetes management behaviors. Research shows that while education alone is often not enough for persons to decide to fully adhere with all diabetes self-management behaviors, it is a critical foundational component for those who do.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Spending a week on the beach, relaxing at your parents’ house, going on a road trip with friends or going to Washington, D.C., to lobby lawmakers on health care – which spring break trip sounds most exciting? First-year Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy student Kaitlyn Gary’s choice, hands down, is a trip to our nation’s capital to combine her two passions: pharmacy and government.
A native of Montgomery, Ala., and a 2013 Auburn graduate, Gary was selected for a program called RxIMPACT through the National Association of Chain Drugstores, or NACDS. As part of the program, she will travel to Washington, D.C., March 12-13 for RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill and RxIMPACT U Academy. Gary will represent Auburn University as one of a group of students from around the country lobbying lawmakers on current issues facing the pharmaceutical profession.
Gary, no stranger to Capitol Hill, was excited about the opportunity to return and lend her voice in advocacy for pharmacy.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – For most students, summer is a time to relax and recharge, maybe take a class or two. For most students at the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, the summer also includes a two-week pharmacy practice rotation. But second-year pharmacy student Elizabeth Wood will spend her summer working at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country.
Wood, a native of Vestavia Hills, Ala., will spend the summer in Rochester, Minn., at Mayo Clinic. She was selected as one of four students nationwide to work in the clinic’s outpatient pharmacy program.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Student pharmacists in Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy will offer free enrollment counseling to Medicare recipients Oct. 15 through Nov. 14 as part of an outreach grant awarded by Auburn University’s Office of the Vice President for University Outreach. A schedule of enrollment events can be found at http://pharmacy.auburn.edu/medicare/Poster_All_Events_Final.pdf.
The Medicare Outreach Project is a partnership between Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy and the Alabama Department of Senior Services’ State Health Insurance Program, known as SHIP. The SHIP program is administered locally across 13 Area Agencies on Aging offices to provide assistance to Medicare beneficiaries on all of their health coverage needs to help them select their prescription drug coverage plan, known as Part D. The outreach project will take place at 17 different events in 10 counties across the state of Alabama.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The new class of students in Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy will get a lesson in professional responsibility Friday, Aug. 16, when attorneys, faculty and staff present a criminal case based on a factual incident involving the death of a young child from a pharmacist’s error.
The Harrison School of Pharmacy will host a mock trial at the conclusion of its weeklong Foundations of Pharmacy orientation course, which introduces first-year students to the Doctor of Pharmacy program and professional responsibility of pharmacists. The trial will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the tiered auditorium of the Walker Building on campus.