Service in the Pharmaceutical Sciences
A Commitment to the Community
Faculty within the department are actively engaged in community partnerships aimed at providing both our students and the global community with unique learning opportunities and solutions to today's health care problems.
Some examples of this service include:
- Medical Missions
- St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center
- Gay Alliance of Rochester
Introduced in December 2010, Healthy People 2020 aims to eliminate health care disparities, promote quality of life, and create social environments that promote good health for all. The new topic area of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health has been added to the Healthy People 2020 initiative. To improve the health of LGBT individuals and to increase culturally competent medical care and prevention services, these guidelines and others recognize the importance of providing students with opportunities for training regarding LGBT patients.
Through collaborations with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley we have provided integral training to students, practitioners, and patients. Programming has included: Ice-breaker activities at P1 orientation, LGBT presentations in the required Diversity course, a transgender panel discussion for students and practitioners, continuing education events, Safe Zone training for WSOP faculty and staff, and community outreach at Pride.
- Edison Technical High School
It has been suggested that college outreach programs can have positive effects on students’ educational outcomes and that exposure to science and science in practice may increase students’ interest in the discipline. Outreach programs have become an important part of creating a generation of students that are scientifically literate and interested in pursuing science careers.
President Obama has launched an “Educate to Innovate” campaign aimed at increasing student participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Efforts within the campaign call for scientists to work with these students and to help them excel in science and math.
A recent article (2010) in JAMA highlights the unique role that professional programs can play in “promoting excitement about science and healthcare to young people by connecting them with strong role models, state-of-the-art laboratories, and innovative technology”.These same programs can also “expose low-income and ethnic minority students to the culture of higher education, expand their knowledge base, and convey the need for them to enter science and health-related careers”.
Students and faculty have participated in outreach with Edison Tech including: participation in health classes related to substance abuse, presentations on pharmacy as a career, interactive lab exercises conducted at WSOP, and a substances of abuse health fair.
- Gilda's Club
Christine Birnie and her husband George on a medical mission trip to Pune, India.
Edison Tech High School Outreach Program to enhance science, math, and engineering skills in inner city schools.