The campaign with the goal of encouraging patients to take their medications reliably and responsibly is officially underway! As promised, the Script Your Future committee has delivered an impressive schedule with over 16 different events, many over the span of multiple days.
The committee is utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, and there are at least 25 pharmacy students involved, as well as many physician assistant students. This method allows members from different areas of the health care system to work and communicate together. This affords the patient a better and more unified treatment and experience. Professor Melissa Garrett, from the Physician Assistant Program, has been instrumental in organizing the PA students, while Dr. Susan Gardner, Ms. Jamie Bero, and P2 John Robinson have rallied the pharmacy students.
Supporting the School of Pharmacy’s Mission Statement, events have been aimed at targeting under served, rural communities. Individuals in these committees often have difficulty accessing reliable health care information and professional help. To aid in the Script Your Future initiative, the committee has helped at-risk patients receive the proper education to help ensure medication adherence is achieved.
Not only did the committee focus on rural community outreach, but also attempted to incorporate more technology into events. For various health fairs and booths, students were encouraged to bring their iPads with them to help further patient education. Patients are being asked to take a pledge on the Script Your Future website using the iPads, promising that they would continue to take their medication correctly.
Below is the schedule for the entire Script Your Future campaign:
|January 20||Appalachian Regional Hospital (Beckley)||Patient Education||1pm-4pm||UC Pharmacy & PA Students/Professor Garrett (PA)|
|January 21||UC Student Involvement Fair||Booth with information & computers for students to Take the Pledge||11:30am-1:30pm||UC Pharmacy Students|
|January 22||Rural Health Day at the Legislature||Booth with information & computers for attendees to Take the Pledge||9am-1pm||UC Pharmacy & PA Students/Ms. Bero|
|January 22-February 22||Fruth Pharmacy (OH, KY, WV)||Education materials in all prescription bags and all Fruth locations||Coordinated by UC Pharmacy Students/Dr. Bennett|
|Week of January 26 (National Drug Awareness Week)||Tweet-A-Thon||Take the pledge and tweet us @UCSOP with #UCSYF||Week-long||Coordinated by UC Pharmacy & Pre-Pharmacy Students/Dr. Gardner|
|January 31, February 7 & 28||UC Basketball Games (Eddie King Gymnasium at UC)||Booth with information & computers for attendees to Take the Pledge (raffle items)||UC Pharmacy Students/Ms. Bero|
|January 31||Ripley Health Fair||Health fair along with SYF information||UC Pharmacy Student Organization|
|February 2||American Heart Association Day at the Legislature||Booth with information & computers for attendees to Take the Pledge||UC Pharmacy & PA Students/Ms. Bero|
|February 3||American Lung Association-Lung Force Breakfast (Embassy Suites)||Booth with information & computers for attendees to Take the Pledge||UC Pharmacy Students/Dr. Gardner/Dr. Easton|
|February 6||Go Red for Women Event at UC (Health Fair and Speaker)||SYF/Medication Adherence information with patient discharge papers||Health Fair in Rotunda 8:30am-12pm; speaker 12:15-1pm Erma Byrd Gallery (Riggleman Hall)||UC Pharmacy & PA Students/Ms. Bero/Dr. Lucas/Ms. Smith/Professor Garrett/Dr. Gardner/Dr. Simon|
|February 10||Highland Hospital’s Health Education 101 (Advance Health Care at UC)||Presentation on Medication Adherence followed by opportunities to Take the Pledge||6-7:30pmRoom 105 of the Pharmacy Building||Dr. Gardner|
|January & February 2015||Hispanic Community Outreach||Wallet cards to area restaurants||UC Pharmacy Students/Dr. Gardner|
|February 23||Pharmacist Day at the Legislature||Booth with resources, computers to Take the Pledge & Health Fair||9am-1pm||UC Pharmacy Students/Dr. Lucas, Ms. Bero & Dr. Gardner/Ms. Smith|
|February 24||Ranielle Medical Center||Patient Education||1pm-3pm||UC Pharmacy & PA Students/Professor Garrett|
|January & February 2015||Ohio Obleness Health Hosptial||SYF/Medication Adherence information with patient discharge papers||UC Pharmacy Students|
|February 2015||New River Community & Technical College (new location in Beaver, WV)||SYF/Medication Adherence information with patient discharge papers||UC Pharmacy Students/NRCTC Nursing and Medical Assistant Students/Dr. Gardner (Crystal Pak, P2)|
For more information on the events contact: Dr. Susan Gardner, Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-357-4879.
For more information about medication adherence: http://www.scriptyourfuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Final-FAQ-for-About-Page.pdf
Contributed by Peter Relvas UC SOP Pharmacy Student & Graduate Intern, Office of Professional and Student Affairs.