Ojong Bate, a P3 at the UCSOP, was recently appointed as the Student National Pharmaceutical Association’s (SNPhA) Power to End Stroke Chair. Ojong’s history with SNPhA began her first year as a pharmacy student, when she was the Power to End Stroke Initiative Chair for UCSOP’s SNPhA chapter. She has continued as the chapter delegate for the past two years, and has a burning passion for SNPhA’s mission and its role in developing student pharmacists. Ojong is humbled to serve as the Power to End Stroke Chair, and her goal for the upcoming year is to challenge every SNPhA member to fulfill the 2015-2016 presidential theme of “G.O.A.L.S. | Globalization. Outreach. Advocacy. Leadership. Scholarship”. She plans to work together with various chapter committee chairs by assisting them in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA), encouraging regional chapter committee chairs and SNPhA members to become certified stroke ambassadors through the AHA, promoting medication adherence, stroke awareness, and the overall promotion of heart health.
Born and raised in the country of Cameroon, Ojong has enjoyed being a college student in the USA since 2010. She attended Delaware Technical Community College (DELTECH) for her undergraduate career, where she later received two Associate degrees in Biotechnology and Chemistry. Her experience at DELTECH instilled in her the passion for community service and the spirit of leadership. In addition to SNPhA, Ojong is also an active member of the American Pharmacy Association (APhA-ASP), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), West Virginia Rural Health Association (WVRHA), Delaware Pharmacy Society (DPS), student member of the University of Charleston Quality Assurance Committee, proud brother of Phi Delta Chi Pharmaceutical fraternity (Gamma Chapter), Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) treasurer, Delta Lambda Chapter of Rho Chi Society, and the immediate past vice president of the University of Charleston Class of 2017.
Founded in 1972, SNPhA is an organization for pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare related issues. SNPhA members advocate for stronger minority representation in pharmacy and other health-care related professions. SNPhA’s official purpose “is to plan, organize, coordinate and execute programs geared toward the improvement for the health, educational, and social environment of the community”. SNPhA has 5 main objectives, which include: offering student members the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skills, educate students and promote active participation in national health care issues, develop the role of the minority health professional as a vital member of the health care team, develop within communities a positive image of minority health professionals, and educate communities on better health practices and to increase their awareness and understanding of diseases. There are many benefits to joining SNPhA, including over $130,000 in scholarships and awards, networking opportunities, a rotation at the SNPha National Office, and numerous membership discounts ranging from hotels to Apple products.