The Rho Chi Society- The Academic Honor Society

During the month of April, UCSOP will be featuring our many student organizations. At UCSOP, we believe that co-curricular experiences (outside the classroom) allow our students to practice their pharmacy skills and serve our communities. 100% of our student body is a member of at least one organization and our students participate in over 25 community health fairs each year serving over 5,000 patients.

rhochiThe Rho Chi Society has been established as the honor society for the field of pharmacy. It has its origins in the merging of two honor societies, both established in 1917, one at the University of Michigan (the Aristolochite Society) and the other within the American Conference of Pharmaceutical Faculties. Through the leadership of the Conference and the dedication of students at the University of Michigan, the two groups established the bylaws and governing documents of the Society and on May 19, 1922, the Aristolochite Society was renamed the Rho Chi Society. The Society added chapters at schools of Pharmacy that were members of the Conference and within five years, eight chapters were established across the United States. In 1947, the Society became a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

The vision of The Rho Chi Society is to “seek to advance pharmacy through intellectual leadership.”1 Our mission as a professional organization is to encourage and recognize intellectual development in the pharmacy profession.  We plan to do this by stimulating curiosity in pharmacy academics and encourage students to explore information beyond the classroom.  We promote the highest ethical standards through interaction with other students, professors, professionals, and the public.  Our end goal is to contribute to the development of intellectual leaders. Our purpose as members of Rho Chi Society is to “adhere to and promote the highest ideals in pharmacy, both scientific and cultural.”1


Dr. Rebecca Linger, the Delta Lambda chapter advisor.

Membership to the Rho Chi Society is by invitation only and is awarded to only few professional/graduate students in pharmacy or faculty members of schools of pharmacy.  These select few are those who distinguish themselves by academic and professional achievements and also desire the mission and vision of Rho Chi Society.  Membership is obtained by invitation only.  University of Charleston School of Pharmacy represents the Delta Lambda chapter in the Mid-Atlantic region III.  The chapter advisor is Dr. Rebecca Linger.  New members of the chapter are initiated annually in a formal ceremony.

Aims and functions of the society not only include reward for outstanding scholarly attainment, but membership also encourages and stimulates outstanding scholarship.  Welcoming into the society is the highest achievement that is only offered to a select few.

The Delta Lambda chapter of the Rho Chi Society at University of Charleston School of Pharmacy participates in tutoring of fellow classmates.  During Fall 2015, tutoring has been offered for Biochemistry, Immunology, Pharmaceutical Calculations, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacy Law, and Pharmacotherapy.  Our chapter also has an annual presentation named “How to Succeed in Pharmacy School.”  This has become a traditional for four years.  This presentation offers study tips and encourages new students to push themselves to perform at the level of professionals within the classroom.

Membership into Rho Chi allows its members to develop their teaching skills by participating in the tutoring service.  Teaching and mentoring are invaluable skills that benefit future managers, residents, and staff pharmacists.  Members of Rho Chi are future professional and academic leaders beyond graduation.  Rho Chi also offers its Members honor cords during the graduation ceremony.

For further information on Rho Chi, please visit the national website:


 The Rho Chi Society (2013). Retrieved from

 Contributed by: Anojinie Karunathilake (Rho Chi member, class of 2017) and George Copenhaver (Rho Chi president, class of 2016).

Celebrating Women in Pharmacy: Mary Olds Miner

Special Note: During the Month of March, we will be highlighting women in pharmacy who have contributed significantly to the profession.

MOM  Since the establishment of North America, women have fought for their civil rights as well as their rights in the workplace. With all the accomplishments of women in the past, the present is a great time to be a female pharmacist. Fortune named pharmacy the top profession “ruled by women” in 2013. According to the 2014 National Pharmacist Workforce Survey prepared by the Midwest Pharmacy Workforce Research Consortium, 83.9% of female pharmacists work in a pharmacy-related field versus only 65.2% of their male counterparts. As a female in the profession of pharmacy today, it may be easy to forget how male driven the field once was.

The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, founded in 1821, was the first North American pharmacy school. However, the first woman did not graduate from the college until 1883. Mrs. Mary Olds Miner graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1890 with a pharmaceutical chemist (PhC) degree. After graduation, Mary Miner moved to Hiawatha, Kansas where she and her husband eventually owned a pharmacy. Although owning a pharmacy is a significant task and great accomplishment for a pharmacist, Miner pushed herself to achieve more. She became very involved in pharmaceutical associations. From 1892 to 1896, Mary was the Kansas Pharmaceutical Association Secretary. Mary Miner was even elected the third vice president of the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) in 1895. This election named Miner the first female to ever hold an officer position of APhA. After the election, Mary Miner stated:

 I am mindful of the honor you have conferred upon me. I receive it not so much for myself as a tribute you pay to women in pharmacy. For the great American Pharmaceutical to admit to its roll of officers, no matter how low a grade of office it may be, a woman, is surely a tribute to women in Pharmacy. For this I thank you.

Mrs. Mary Miner was a true attribute to women’s progression in the profession of pharmacy. The first female president of APhA, Mary Munson Runge, was not elected until almost a century later in 1979. Miner helped pave the path for female pharmacists of today and those who aspire to enter the profession in the future.

Although women have been increasingly successful in the profession, a gender or race-dominated field should deter no one. The world is changing and becoming more diverse everyday. Pharmacy requires individuals from all walks of life to better assist the community.


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Contributed by: Domonique Dobson, P2, Class of 2018

Celebrating Women in Pharmacy: Elizabeth Marshall (1768-1826)

EMSpecial Note: During the Month of March, Women’s History Month, we will be highlighting women in pharmacy (past and present) who have contributed significantly to the profession.

One of the first female pharmacists in the United States, Elizabeth Marshall, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1768. Many people credit her with being the very first female pharmacist in the United States. In reality, that title actually belongs to Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf. However, while she may not have been the first American female pharmacist, Elizabeth Marshall was most certainly the second and was no doubt a hugely important figure for both women in the Pharmacy profession and for Pharmacy history in general.

Elizabeth Marshall’s father, Charles Marshall, as well as his father Christopher Marshall before him were both well-known pharmacists in Philadelphia at the time. Christopher Marshall’s apothecary shop was said to be the most complete outside of New York City. This distinction led to him being commissioned to look after the needs of the sick and wounded in the hospitals of Philadelphia. Charles Marshall not only took over the business from his father after his retirement but also went on to become the first president of the Philadelphia College of Apothecaries after it was founded in 1821, despite his old age. He was 77 at the time.

With such important family ties to pharmacy and medicine, it should then come as no surprise that Elizabeth too would follow into the family business. Elizabeth Marshall first started her career as a pharmacist as an apprentice in her family’s drugstore, a position in which she worked until 1805 when she finally took ownership over the store that her grandfather had founded over seventy years earlier. Under Elizabeth’s new management, the store’s business increased greatly and she was able to bring the shop out of its recent bankruptcy and restore it back into a sound financial success. It is very likely that she was the first woman in Philadelphia to have a successful commercial career, especially one of such an extensive scale.

EMAElizabeth would continue to run the store for two decades where several of Philadelphia’s most famous pharmacists would begin their careers working as apprentices under her guidance and leadership. In 1825 she finally sold ownership of the business to two of the stores apprentices, Charles Ellis and Isaac P. Morris.

The Marshall family name, along with their drugstore, are very significant pieces of pharmacy history. Elizabeth’s grandfather, Christopher Marshall, is the subject of one of the paintings in the Great Moments in Pharmacy series by historical illustrator Robert Thom. In it, Christopher can be seen showing his to sons, Elizabeth’s father and uncle, the art of manufacturing pills. And in 2012 Elizabeth Marshall, along with 16 other women pharmacist pioneers, was pictured on the wall of the Women in Pharmacy Exhibit and Conference Room at the APhA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Today, women make up over half of all of the pharmacists in the United States. This would not have been possible if it weren’t for women like Elizabeth Marshall who will always be remembered for her contributions to the profession and advancement of women in pharmacy.


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Contributed by: Ryan Nolan, P2, Class of 2018

UC Pharmacy Student Advocates for Childhood Immunizations Worldwide

Around the world, a child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease.

shot at life As the SNPhA Operation Immunization Chair, I was introduced to the Shot@Life campaign founded by the United Nations Foundation. It aimed at increasing the awareness for the use of polio, pneumonia, rotavirus, and measles vaccines in children less than 5 years in developing countries. After conducting a fundraiser here at UCSOP in November 2015, I was able to join the 2016 Shot@Life Summit in Washington, D.C. from February 29th to March 2nd. This was a great honor for me to be part of such a great cause.

Christelle Nagatchou, Class of 2018 with Senator Joe Machin and SNPhA in Washington, D.C.

In D.C., I learned even more about the need for vaccines worldwide and became an advocate for the campaign. I had the privilege to support it through enforcing my role as a future pharmacist and health care provider at the Capitol by meeting with West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s staff and Senator Joe Manchin and his staff. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything as it taught me so much about advocating in what we believe in. I strongly encourage all future pharmacists to be involved in promoting the advancement of our profession!

You can learn more about Shot@Life at:

Contributed by: Christelle Ngatchou, Class of 2018

Celebrating Women in Pharmacy: Ella P. Stewart (1893-1987)

ESSpecial Note: During the Month of March, we will be highlighting women in pharmacy who have contributed significantly to the profession.

Ella P. Stewart was born on March 6, 1893 in Stringtown, West Virginia. As a child, she was very ambitious, showing great interest in education and furthering her knowledge. Stewart always felt she had many obstacles to overcome being from a segregated community. She went to Storer College in West Virginia, the only school in the region that accepted African American students.

During this time, she married and began her family. Unfortunately, her only child died at a young age due to whooping cough. Trying to focus on better things, she began to work as a bookkeeper in a local pharmacy. It was here where her interest for pharmacy began. She applied to the University of Pittsburgh but was denied acceptance due to segregation and discrimination. Even though she was turned down multiple times, she kept persistent and was finally accepted at University of Pittsburgh but was forced to be separate from the other students. She graduated from University of Pittsburgh with the highest marks passing her state licensure exam in 1916. She became the first African American female to be a licensed pharmacist in Pennsylvania and one of the earliest African American female pharmacists in the country.

Stewart moved to Braddock, PA where she managed a drug store, which she later purchased. The stress of the store forced her to divorce her husband and years later step down from owning the drug store entirely. She turned the business over to a fellow graduate, William Stewart, who she married in 1920. Together they moved to Ohio, where she was the first African American employee in an all white hospital. She overcame discrimination and helped desegregate the hospital.

Years later she moved to Toledo, Ohio where she was active in the community and was elected president of the Ohio Association of Colored Women in 1944 and later became president of the same organization on a national level. Stewart was on the forefront of promoting civil rights in her community and frequently went to Washington D.C. to do the same. With the money earned from her pharmacy, she endorsed scholarships to assist young black women in attending school.

With all her knowledge and leadership qualities, she was appointed to be a delegate to the International Conference of Women of the World. There she helped to strengthen peace efforts by promoting understanding and friendship among women all over the world. In 1963, Stewart was appointed commissioner of the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Stewart never stopped fighting to overcome racism even when she faced adversity. She passed away in 1987 but we still remember her motto “fight for human dignity and world peace.”  She has paved the way for both African Americans and females across the country.


Ella P. Stewart Collection. Center for Archival Collections. BGSU Libraries.

Contributed by: Samatha Farrah, P2, Class of 2018

Celebrating Women in Pharmacy: Leticia Van de Putte

LVDPSpecial Note: During the Month of March,  we will be highlighting women in pharmacy (past and present) who have contributed significantly to the profession.

When most people think about what a pharmacist does, they think most often this of counting pills, talking with patients, or answering doctors calls. However, Leticia Van de Putte is not your typical pharmacist. She has stepped outside of the four walls of the pharmacy and is now serving her patients in a greater arena.

Leticia Van de Putte attended pharmacy school at the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, she wanted to give back and serve her local hometown. Van de Putte opened an independent pharmacy, Loma Park Pharmacy, in San Antonio, Texas and worked there for 12 years. Later on, she held various other pharmacy positions, including hospital pharmacy, institutional pharmacy, nursing-home consulting pharmacy, and community pharmacy. She was also the owner of Dixie Flag Manufacturing Company in Texas, which has grown from a small business to a leader of the industry. Currently, she practices at Davila Pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas.

Leticia Van de Putte has earned hundreds of awards, honors, and has been recognized at the local, state, and national level over the years. Van de Putte won the Texas Pharmacy Association “Pharmacist of the Year Award, Region D” in 1995 and the Texas Pharmacy Association “Distinguished Service Award” in 1996. The American Druggist Magazine named her one of the 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in 1999. She was recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) with the “Hubert H. Humphrey Award” in 2000, a prestigious award that recognizes APhA members who have made major contributions in government and legislative service at the local, state, or national level.

In 1990, Van de Putte was elected as a Texas state Senator. She had a passion for helping children and health care and economic issues. She saw this as an opportunity to serve her patients on another level and became an advocate for these issues. In 1995, she was able to sponsor and help pass Senate Bill 601. SB 601 established the Texas Patient’s Bill of Rights, bringing the patient into the health care team and allowed them to take part of treatment decisions. This later went on to become the national model that we use today. In 1999, she sponsored Senate Bill 1224, which passed and brought about the Texas Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). CHIP offered low-cost health care insurance for children and families who do not qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford health insurance. This insured over one-half million children.

Leticia Van de Putte’s contributions have greatly influenced the lives of many people. Children who may have gone without proper evaluation by a physician can now be assessed and treated for any medical issues. As a result of SB 601, patients now play an active role in their health. They are able to work with their physician to work towards a healthier life.

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Contributed by: Carissa Dotson, P2, Class of 2018

Celebrating Women in Pharmacy: Zada Mary Cooper (1875-1961)

ZMCSpecial Note: During the Month of March, we will be highlighting women in pharmacy (past and present) who have contributed significantly during the profession.

In the midst of the early 20th century, one of two women graduating from the State University of Iowa would be embarking on a journey that not only would change the profession of pharmacy and associated organizations, but also would uplift the spirits and inspire many women to pursue a career in pharmacy; her name was Zada Mary Cooper.

Cooper taught as an associate professor in pharmaceutical arithmetic and laboratory courses and had an enormous impact on her students whom claimed that her availability, ability to sympathize and encourage every student to make their own decisions separated her from the other professors of her time. The real reason

behind her title “Grand and Glorious Lady of Pharmacy” stemmed from her life long desire to encourage young women to study pharmacy and become great pharmacist.

As an advocate for women within the profession, Cooper joined the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) in 1909 and furthermore initiated the women’s section of APhA in which she was elected president for in 1917. Cooper also became secretary for American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) from 1922 to 1942. In addition to the roles within APhA and AACP, Cooper founded Kappa Epsilon and became the first president of Rho Chi Society. Her interest in advocating to women to join the profession of pharmacy was not specifically confined to APhA.  In the same year, the Women’s Section of APhA deliberated on providing a nationwide organization for women pharmacist and eventually a pharmaceutical sorority was being considered. On May 13th, 1921, Kappa Epsilon was formed at the University of Iowa and there would be no one more qualified than Cooper who would serve as the chairman. The impact that she would make while serving as chairman would sculpt the way women would practice within the profession for the next 80 years. She continued well after her retirement in 1942 to attend conventions and be involved with Kappa Epsilon until around 1947. In addition, Zada Cooper dedicated much of her time to help the American Association of University Women to approve a Bachelor of Science degree for alumni of pharmacy colleges that would be successfully implemented in 1942.

As a modest woman and heavy advocator for women in the profession of pharmacy, Zada Cooper demonstrated through her lifetime the importance of how neither a man nor woman can change the lives of others alone, and it is imperative that pharmacy professionals broaden their horizons and come together as one.

Reference: Henderson, M. (1998). Zada Mary Cooper: Grand and Glorious Lady of Pharmacy. Pharmacy in History, 40(2), 77-84. Retrieved September 19, 2015, from:

Contributed by: Chad Sims, P2, Class of 2018

Celebrating Black History: Mary Munson Runge (1928-2014)


Special Note: During the Month of February, Black History Month, will be highlighting African Americans who have contributed significantly during the profession.

Mary Munson Runge was raised in a small town in Louisiana, where her father was a physician that owned the town’s first pharmacy.  He was one of the most successful businessmen in the town, and used his wealth to help the poor.  Runge and her father would help by covering the costs of patients who couldn’t afford their medication; these fulfilled her and her father’s passion for helping the poor and giving back to those in need.

During the 1960s, Runge worked in Oakland, California, an economically depressed region. She chose to work there because it offered possibilities to help others. It allowed her to counsel patients, reach out and educate the populations who needed it the most.  She worked part-time which allowed time for political and leadership opportunities.  Through this work Runge received widespread recognition and awards, receiving honorary doctorates of pharmacy.  She was appointed on many federal programs, such as the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

In 1979, Runge became the first woman and African Amercian to serve as the President of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  As president, she sought out to increase membership among woman, minority, and employee pharmacists. She also wanted to strengthen the bond between the association and the state pharmacy associations.

“The reason I was the first black and the first woman [president of APhA] is that I was the first black and the first woman to have ever run for that office.” –Mary Munson Runge

Maine, during this time, was a hostile environment for new pharmacists due to fears that established pharmacists of Maine’s APhA would stomp them out if they made progress in the organization. At the first caucus of the year, Runge declared that the new pharmacists organization needed to rise from the underground because of the decision by Maine to welcome all pharmacists, because regardless of your family history, genetic makeup, or age they all have important work to do.

“She didn’t pull any punches, and she wasn’t afraid to take on the issues, but always with a sense of humor.” –Lawrence Brown, PharmD, PhD

During her time in office, many pharmacists felt like she welcomed them to the profession and motivated them to advance their careers and leaderships. She wanted to inspire the disenfranchised, which she did in her time during and before her presidency.


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Contributed by: Caleb Kennedy, P2, Class of 2018

The Road to Pharmacist Provider Status

Contributed by: Anojinie Karunathilake, Class of 2017

P1070662Background of Pharmacy

Pharmacy practice has evolved from dispensing medications to a comprehensive clinical, consultative, educational and a more patient centered practice. The value of pharmacist services in collaborative drug therapy management is widely recognized. Pharmacists continue to hold highest ratings as the most trusted healthcare professionals in Gallup Poll. Given this recognition by patients, it is important that pharmacists continue to provide high quality patient care and increase services that are provided to patients, which can be further enhanced by pharmacists obtaining the provider status.

What is provider status?

‘Provider status’ at the federal level consists of a listing of healthcare professionals included in the Social Security Act (SSA) whose services are eligible for Medicare Part B reimbursement. These healthcare professionals include physicians, physician’s assistants, certified nurse practitioners, qualified psychologists, clinical social workers, certified nurse midwives and certified registered nurse anesthetists1.

Title XVIII of SSA that describes provider status does not recognize pharmacist services as eligible for reimbursement under Medicare.   In Medicare part B, pharmacists are omitted as listed providers which limits access to pharmacists services to Medicare beneficiaries2,3.


HR 5924 (House of Representatives) and S. 3145 (Senate) are written to amend title XVIII of Social Security Act to provide coverage under Medicare program of pharmacist services. This act is also known as the ‘Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act’

Role of the Pharmacist

Many Americans do not have access to primary healthcare and is expected to get worse as the Medicare enrollees are expected to grow in the future. According to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/MUP) is defined as “having too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty or a high elderly population”6. Many areas in West Virginia state are considered as medically underserved areas6. Pharmacists obtaining provider status will help patients in MUA gain access to pharmacists’ services, which increase their quality of life, health outcomes and cost-effectiveness.

According to a report brief published by Institute of Medicine, there are at least 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events (ADE) that occur in the U.S. every year7. These ADE are costly for patients as well as their employers, hospitals and insurance companies. Being a trusted healthcare professional with direct access to patients, pharmacists can provide educational services to reduce incidents of ADE.

Medication adherence also is an area where a pharmacist can make a significant impact. Poor medication adherence estimated to cost around $100 billion a year in the U.S., is a reason for 33-69% of all medication-related hospital admissions8. Especially, almost 50% of patients with chronic diseases do not take their medication properly9.   By increasing pharmacist services through provider status, pharmacists can help improve patients’ medication adherence as well as disease management.

Current Situation

Many pharmacy organizations and several chain pharmacies have been instrumental in advocating for the provider status for pharmacists. Many are involved in writing letters to their representatives in Congress encouraging them to support provider status bill. Currently, a majority of U.S. House have co-sponsored H.R. 59210.

With the momentum building and many more supporters joining to advocate for H.R. 592/S. 314, hopefully pharmacists’ contributions towards healthcare teams and patient services will be recognized as an integral part of healthcare in the near future.


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  4. HR 592- Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act. 2015.{“search”:[“HR+592”]}. Accessed January 6, 2016.
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  8. Osterberg L, Blaschke T. Adherence to medication. N Engl J Med. 2005;353:487-497. doi:10.1056/NEJMra050100.
  9. APhA. Improving Patient Care. 2015. the Case (2015).pdf. Accessed January 7, 2016.
  10. APhA. An Update from Tom Menighan, CEO of APhA. 2015. Accessed January 7, 2016.

UCSOP Student Receives SNPhA National Appointment

OJOjong 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.

ojBorn 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.

OJ1Founded 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.