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NCPA and Phi Delta Chi Offer Community Health Screening
On March 28, 2009, Ohio Northern University’s student chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), in conjunction with Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity, provided ONU and the surrounding communities with an educational and informative health screening. Approximately 50 pharmacy students from all educational levels and several pharmacist faculty members participated in the various patient oriented services provided during this free health screening. During this screening, participating students gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. They were able to interact with patients on a firsthand basis and had the chance to apply their skills and therapeutic knowledge.
Some of the services included blood pressure checks, full blood lipid panels, glucose blood levels, blood pressure, Framingham Risk Assessment, peak flow meter testing and education, body fat composition and body mass index (BMI) measurement, inhaler training and education, sonogram heel scan for osteoporosis and National Marrow Donor Program registration. Also available was material regarding Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) Operation Heartburn, diabetes, immunization and Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) skin safety information. Close to 130 community members and Ohio Northern students were able to take advantage of this health screening and had the opportunity to participate.
As an active, community-oriented student professional organization, NCPA students feel that reaching out to the surrounding community is a very important aspect of the profession of pharmacy. In doing so, they are able to expose community members to the knowledge and services that pharmacists can provide.