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Pacific Pharmacy Students to Hold Health Fair at State Capitol

Apr 7, 2010

University of the Pacific pharmacy students will join professional pharmacists from the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) to offer a wide range of health services to the public for free on Tuesday, April 13 at the State Capitol.

Pacific's student chapter of CSHP and some of the organization's professional members will hold the health fair from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the north steps of the State Capitol.  Pacific's pharmacy students will provide screenings for bone density, blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol, as well as inform the public about heartburn, smoking cessation, immunization and how to prevent falls.   

The event is part of a continuous outreach effort by both Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and CSHP to raise health awareness throughout California. The health fair coincides with CSHP's third annual Legislative Day on April 13. On that day pharmacists from throughout the state will gather in Sacramento to meet with state legislators and discuss healthcare-related issues in the industry.

"With continuing high unemployment and rising health care costs, health fairs such as these are an invaluable way for people to receive health examinations and health-related education," said Veronica Bandy, Pacific pharmacy professor, student advisor, and CSHP member. "What better way to emphasize the vast need for these services than to bring them to our legislators' doorsteps?"   

Founded in 1962, CSHP represents over 4,000 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists and associates. The association promotes correct and healthy use of medication therapy and advocates on behalf of its members before private and public agencies and health care professional organizations.

"CSHP recognizes the health of Americans as a top priority and believes that early recognition and preventive measures lead to improved health and well being," said Nancy Korman, CSHP President and QI/Education Coordinator at the VA Medical Center, San Francisco.  "Given that 1 in 8 Americans lives in California, we feel it is necessary to promote and provide preventative care as a cost-effective method to keep the public healthy."