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    Pacific Student Pharmacists to hold Health Fair at State Capitol

    Apr 11, 2011

    University of the Pacific and California Northstate student pharmacists 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 12 at the State Capitol.

    Pacific and Northstate's student chapters of CSHP and some of the organization's professional members will hold the health fair from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the north steps of the State Capitol. Student pharmacists will provide screenings for bone density, blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol, as well as inform the public about heartburn, smoking cessation, and immunizations.

    The event is part of a continuous outreach effort by both pharmacy schools and CSHP to raise health awareness throughout California. The health fair coincides with CSHP's fourth annual Legislative Day. 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.

    "At Pacific, we are educating our pharmacy students to be able to provide a broader patient care experience, one that goes beyond dispensing medication. Our students are providing a health fair on the steps of the State Capitol that is representative of the dozens of programs and events they conduct for the underserved in San Joaquin county," said Phillip Oppenheimer, Dean of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. "By providing this health fair for California's legislators it is our hope that the state's policy makers experience the kind of comprehensive care that pharmacists as a profession can provide."

    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.

    "Pharmacists are your most accessible healthcare provider and are found right in your communities and hospitals. Pharmacists not only dispense medications and education on common health issues but work with your physician to provide testing and medication management services." said Maria Serpa, CSHP President and Senior Pharmacist at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. "All Californians should seek out a pharmacist to help them manage their medications and assure they are receiving the safest and best care possible."