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FAMU Faculty and Students Engaged by Florida Health Department to Combat Coronavirus Pandemic
31 Mar

FAMU Faculty and Students Engaged by Florida Health Department to Combat Coronavirus Pandemic

Eight Florida A&M University (FAMU) public health professors and students have been recruited by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) to help fight the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The “FAMU 8 Strike COVID-19 Team” includes four faculty and four students. Seven of the FAMU team members are assigned to Tallahassee DOH and one in South Florida. 

Their assignments include data input, data analysis, and health messaging. They also will be receiving calls and questions from assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities regarding patients and residents. 

They will also be triaging calls following a rubric and, if necessary, contacting the county epidemiologists for follow-up with the county health department and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) personnel. 

Team members will work 12-hour shifts – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. for two consecutive days.  Additional work may follow. Team members will not be interacting directly with patients.  

“I am so proud of this team,” said C. Perry Brown, DrPH., team leader and epidemiologist in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Institute of Public Health. “They are trained and prepared for this moment – this time.”  

About a week ago, the Florida Department of Health reached out to public health epidemiology programs and schools of public health from across the state to provide support to state and local health departments in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

FAMU administrators then joined their counterparts on a conference call with Florida Secretary of Health and Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees, MD, and Deputy Health Secretary Shamarial Roberson, DrPH., a FAMU Institute of Public Health graduate.  

The purpose of the call was to identify and hire faculty and student epidemiologists as well as some health educators to assist county health departments, said Cynthia M. Harris, Ph.D., associate dean for Public Health and director of the Institute of Public Health. 

Among the FAMU COPPS Institute of Public Health faculty are Gebre-Egziabher Kiros, Ph.D., a biostatistician, Alan Becker, Ph.D., an environmental epidemiologist trained in disaster preparedness, and Torhonda Lee, Ph.D., a health educator with a focus on health equity. 

Kiros, Becker, and Brown are taking calls from nursing homes and assisted living facilities from residents with positive tests or those who have become symptomatic. They then contact the local health department for their epidemiology follow-up. Lee is working with community calls coming into the Department of Health, Harris said.  

Two team members – Stephanie Colter and Justin Williams – are doctoral epidemiology students. Kamaria Jacobs and Reginald Turner are pursuing master’s degrees in public health focusing on epidemiology and environmental epidemiology, respectively. 

All of the team members, except Williams, are stationed in Tallahassee. He is detailed to the Miami-Dade Health Department, where his role is to help epidemiology staff in following up on suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases that have been reported from nursing homes, long-term care, and assisted living facilities, Harris said. 

“Our public health faculty, students and alumni are trained and prepared for moments such as this. They are also culturally competent and have a passion for addressing the public health needs of the most vulnerable of populations,” Harris said. “This is consistent with the mission of the program, college and University. They are ready and I am very proud of them.” 

This article originally appeared on FAMUFOWARD on March 24, 2020

CoPPS, IPH Graduate Student Receives Fellowship and Conference Endowment Award
21 Mar

CoPPS, IPH Graduate Student Receives Fellowship and Conference Endowment Award

The Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (FAMU CoPPS, IPH), Asha Rizor, a Ph.D. candidate in the pharmacology/toxicology discipline, received two significant distinctions this year. Rizor is the recipient of the 2019 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Toshio Narahashi Neurotoxicology Specialty Section Trainee (NTSS) Conference Endowment Award.  The goal of this award is to support the attendance of meritorious trainees in neurotoxicology to the SOT meeting by relieving potential financial barriers for travel, as well as recognize superior scientific merit and academic achievement of graduate trainees.  Rizor will be attending the 2020 Society of Toxicology (SOT) 59th Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for March 15-19 in Anaheim, CA.  She will present a poster of her research entitled, “Mechanism of Mn-induced YY1 Activation via Aurora B Kinase and Casein Kinase II in Astrocytes”.

Rizor is also the recipient of the 2019 American College of Toxicology (ACT) Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship recognizes outstanding graduate students in the field of toxicology who have the potential to contribute significantly to the field through research and scientific achievement.  The fellowship is for two years and pays $5,000 per year.  ACT awards up to 3 fellowships annually to graduate students matriculating in approved toxicology programs in North America.  Rizor won this award based on her research in neuropharmacology/ toxicology, where she investigated the molecular mechanisms of heavy metal-induced neurotoxicity.  Her research is under the advisement of Dr. Eunsook Lee, professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

CoPPS Students Join SNPhA Medical Mission This Summer
11 Mar

CoPPS Students Join SNPhA Medical Mission This Summer

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), a Student affiliate of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), selected Ja’Miera Stuart, Phyllisa Best, and Ashlei Yates, to serve on the SNPhA Medical mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya this summer, May 30th through June 6th.

These Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health students are three out of 11 students chosen that represent colleges of pharmacy throughout the country.  On the trip, each student will spend each day providing medical care to the people in various villages in Nairobi, Kenya. As pharmacy students, they will be filling prescriptions and counseling patients on their prescriptions. They will also assist physicians in conducting comprehensive exams, including blood pressure and blood glucose testing.

“I hope to gain a greater understanding of the healthcare system in Nairobi, Kenya, and how the government regulates their healthcare,” said Ja’Miera Stuart, a P3 student from Miami, Florida. “Attending this mission trip aligns with my short-term goals, which will aid me in achieving my long-term goal of working on an international platform as a pharmacist.”

“I am very excited about this trip. I attended a medical mission trip during my time as an undergrad student at FSU, and it was an amazing opportunity. I believe I can be of more use during this trip since I am now a pharmacy student,” said Ashlei Yates, a P2 student from Bristol, Florida.

“This opportunity will allow me to be more culturally competent, build clinical skills, and enhance my communication skills,” said Phyllisa Best, a P3 student from Bolton, North Carolina. “It will help me to be able to know how to apply for traditional pharmacy roles, and it will be a great learning experience overall.”

To be selected for this trip, pharmacy students submitted essays explaining their participation within SNPhA and how this trip will aid them in achieving their long-term goals as individuals and pharmacists.

Celebrating Our Success – December 2019 – January 2020
08 Mar

Celebrating Our Success – December 2019 – January 2020

Alumni Highlights

Daniel C. Lee, Ph.D. (’05) was recently appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Sanders-Brown Center of Aging in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.

Charzetta James, FACHE, PharmD, CPh, MBA, MHA, PRS (’10) was selected as the new Director of Pharmacy of HCA’s Largo three campus system.

Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees announced Shamarial Roberson, DrPH (‘16) will serve as the new Deputy Secretary for Health for the Florida Department of Health.

Martez Prince, PharmD, (’10) is basking in the afterglow of Oprah’s seal of approval. The media mogul paid a surprise visit to Prince’s Charlotte, N.C., pharmacy, Premier Pharmacy and Wellness Center, as part of her tour her “2020 Vision Tour: Your Life in Focus,” which is presented in partnership with WW (formerly Weight Watchers).

Stephen Pringle, PharmD (‘12), recently released a song, “Special Season” from his album B(+). B(+) positive was created for a symbol of change. The letter B for “Be” the difference or the initiative for change. The symbol +, ignites the cancelation of the negativity and ultimately empowers a positive environment. Listen to the song on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tJCtawo8EsI

Gwenesia Collins, PharmD, (‘99) was recently promoted to the Assistant Vice President of Clinical Ancillary Services for the Pharmacy, Laboratory, and Respiratory at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. This means that she has oversight of pharmacy, laboratory, respiratory, EKG, EEG, Population Health, Community Outreach and Corporate Health Services. 


Tamara McCants, PharmD, (‘01), has been selected by Mayor Muriel Bowser as the chairwoman of the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy

Willie Williams, DrPH (‘17) nomination, confirmation and, subsequent, future induction into the Tallahassee Community College Cherry Hall Alexander African American History Calendar.

Jeremiah McKinley, PharmD, (‘09) was recently promoted to the Division Director of Pharmacy Operations with HCA’s Healthcare North Florida Division. In his new role, Dr. MicKinley will be overseeing pharmacy operations 14 facilities and several Free Standing EDs. The area of coverage includes all of the Florida Panhandle down to Central Florida.

Faculty and Staff Highlights

Leonard Rappa, PharmD, BCCPP (Professor of Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice – Davie Instructional Site), recently published his book, Condensed Psychopharmacology 2020: A Pocket Reference for Psychiatry, Neurology and Psychotropic Medications: Past, Present & Future.

John Luque, Ph.D. (Associate Professor Behavioral Sciences and Health Education), recently published an article in the January issue of Sex Education, Sexuality, Society and Learning. His article, “Understanding African American Youth and Adult Perspectives of Sex Education in Rural North Carolina”.

Mrs. Brenda G. Arnold (Assistant Director of Academic Support Services) retired from the College on February 28, 2020 after 37 years of service with the State of Florida (1983-1992) and FAMU (1992-2020) collectively.

Mandip Sachdeva, Ph.D. (Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences) was recently awarded funding for his grant proposal entitled “Hyaluronic acid-functionalized, Cannabidiol-loaded Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC)-Derived Exosomes for Drug-Resistant Cancers” through the Consortium for Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Clinical Outcomes Research Grants Program. 

Franklin P Gallop II, PharmD (Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice) was recently appointed Chairman of the Curriculum Committee in the CoPPS. Dr. Franklin was also recently appointed to the Board of the Florida Performing Arts Center.

James L. Moran, Jr., Ph.D. (Director of Alumni Engagement) was recently appointed Vice Chair and Commissioner of the Tallahassee Housing Authority.

The FAMU College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health Announces the 43rd Annual Leonard Lebaron Inge, Sr. Clinical Pharmacy Symposium
06 Mar

The FAMU College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health Announces the 43rd Annual Leonard Lebaron Inge, Sr. Clinical Pharmacy Symposium

The 43rd Annual Leonard LeBaron Inge, Sr. Clinical Pharmacy Symposium is quickly approaching! The clinical pharmacy symposium will occur on March 6 – 8, 2020, in the Florida Blue Auditorium at the College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health on the campus of Florida A&M University.

This event is a statewide continuing pharmacy education symposium that attracts a wide array of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The symposium provides a learning and networking opportunities for the health-related, interconnected workforce. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are encouraged to register early. Early bird registration ends Thursday, March 5, 2020. 

Symposium sessions will help attendees meet Florida Board of Pharmacy required contact hours. A total of 17 contact hours may be obtained Friday – Sunday for general or technician continuing education.   

Topics include Mental Health for Healthcare Professionals, Medical Marijuana: Legalization Implications on the Pharmacy Profession, Human Trafficking, and more.  In addition to the general courses, the symposium will also provide the second offering of the only Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics CPE program in Florida for pharmacist.

Additional information about the Clinical Pharmacy Symposium and its registration process can be found here

In addition to the general CPE sessions, there will be a student track. The student track is coordinated by the Student Leadership Institute (SLI), which is sponsored by the National Diamondback Pharmacy Alumni Council (NDPAC). The student track is a day-long panel with a conversation-based guidance initiative. Student panel topics include: Understanding the Journey of Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Residency and Fellowship Opportunities, and Innovative Careers in Pharmacy. The student track will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. All pharmacy students are invited to attend. Students can also present their research.

About the Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) at the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health

The Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (COPPS, IPH) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The goal of the Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education is to provide general and consultant continuing education for pharmacists and general CPE hours for pharmacy technicians through a series of live and online continuing education programs to serve as a center of life-long learning.

Speakers and Topics Announced for the  43rd Annual Leonard LeBaron Inge, Sr. Clinical Pharmacy Symposium
24 Feb

Speakers and Topics Announced for the 43rd Annual Leonard LeBaron Inge, Sr. Clinical Pharmacy Symposium

The Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (FAMU CoPPS, IPH), Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE), is delighted to announce the conference speakers for the 43rd Annual Leonard LeBaron Inge, Sr. Clinical Pharmacy Symposium, which will be held in Tallahassee, FL on March 6 – 8, 2020. Among the list of speakers are pharmacy practitioners and industry leaders from all over the state of Florida. 

The theme for the symposium is “Hot Topics in Pharmacy,” and it communicates information that addresses the many aspects of the changing setting of pharmacy.

“We are pleased to have several speakers to address the trending HOT TOPICS in Pharmacy. Our mission is to bring together the state’s top thought leaders that understand best practices and new standards to lead today’s professionals in pharmacy. The FAMU CoPPS CPE program provides an opportunity for pharmacists and technicians to receive all of their required CPE hours in addition to networking opportunities,” says Selika Stackhouse Sampson, PharmD., Interim Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education.

The three-day conference is expected to draw one hundred representatives of the pharmacy community, including students, technicians, and pharmacists. The conference will include some 10+ speakers addressing the most topical issues facing the pharmacy industry today. 

With less than one month before the symposium, the event promises to be an unmissable opportunity. Topics include Mental Health for Healthcare Professionals, Medical Marijuana: Legalization Implications on the Pharmacy Profession, Controlled Substances, Human Trafficking, and more. 

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are encouraged to take part in the early bird registration, which ends Friday, February 21, 2020. 

Additional information about the Clinical Pharmacy Symposium, current list of speakers and its registration process can be found here

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About the Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) at the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health

The Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (COPPS, IPH) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The goal of the Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education is to provide general and consultant continuing education for pharmacists through a series of live continuing education programs to serve as a center of life-long learning.

Dr. Mandip Sachdeva Receives Consortium for Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Clinical Outcomes Research Grant
24 Feb

Dr. Mandip Sachdeva Receives Consortium for Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Clinical Outcomes Research Grant

Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (FAMU CoPPS, IPH), Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor, Mandip Sachdeva, Ph.D., was recently awarded funding for his grant proposal entitled “Hyaluronic acid-functionalized, Cannabidiol-loaded Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC)-Derived Exosomes for Drug-Resistant Cancers” through the Consortium for Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Clinical Outcomes Research Grants Program.  

The Consortium for Medical Marijuana Clinical Outcomes Research, which is composed of public and private universities, engaged in research on clinical outcomes of medical marijuana. The consortium will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana, consider dosing and routes of administration, including the study of the effects of smoking medical marijuana versus other methods of consumption. 

Funding recommendations were made after thoughtful and careful consideration at the MMJ Clinical Outcomes Consortium Research Board meeting in Fall 2019. Out of 41 proposal submissions by investigators from different consortium member institutions for the 2019 funding cycle, Dr. Sachdeva’s proposal was one of the ten that was chosen. His proposal for $71,250 was approved for the period of December 1, 2019, through July 31, 2020.   

“We would like to applaud Dr. Sachdeva for his excellent grantsmanship and significant accomplishment in securing extramural funding,” said Associate Dean of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Selina Darling-Reed, Ph.D. “His continued excellence is an inspiration to us all.” 

FAMU COPPS, IPH CPE Program Is Reaccredited and Continues to Deliver  Exceptional CPE Programs
11 Feb

FAMU COPPS, IPH CPE Program Is Reaccredited and Continues to Deliver Exceptional CPE Programs

The Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health’s (FAMU CoPPS, IPH) Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) has been reaccredited by Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), through January 31, 2025. The CPE program is led by Selika Stackhouse Sampson, PharmD., interim director of Continuing Pharmacy Education.

The goal of the CPE program is to provide general and consultant continuing education for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians through a series of live programs to serve as a center of life-long learning. The CPE program aids the college with strengthening alumni affairs, provides networking opportunities for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student learners.

ACPE’s Continuing Education Provider Accreditation Program is designed to assure pharmacists, boards of pharmacy, and other members of the pharmacy’s community of interests, of the quality of continuing pharmacy education programs. CPE providers must show compliance with the Standards and Policies outlined by ACPE. FAMU CoPPS CPE office had to demonstrate adherence to the Standards and Policies.

To achieve reaccreditation, the FAMU CoPPS CPE office formed a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and learners from all divisions of the CoPPS, IPH. The committee members completed a self-assessment, which included CPE program data and samples of the college’s CPE programs. An interim report of their findings was submitted to ACPE.

“Dr. Selika Sampson and the CPE team are to be commended for their awesome work, dedication, and commitment in submitting a well-organized interim report and for moving our CPE program to the next level. Job well done!” said Jocelyn D. Spates, PharmD., CoPPS associate dean of Clinical Affairs.

“We are pleased to have earned reaccreditation by ACPE and to share in our success with the College,” said Dr. Sampson. “Reaccreditation confirms and validates the work we do to ensure top-quality CPE programs for pharmacists and technicians.”

FAMU/BMS Welcomes the 2020 Resident Cohort
07 Feb

FAMU/BMS Welcomes the 2020 Resident Cohort

Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science, Institute of Public Health (FAMU CoPPS, IPH), welcomes two new residents.  Raena D. Rhone, PharmD, from Chicago, IL, and Franko Dickson, PharmD, from Accra, Ghana, will be furthering their postgraduate pharmacy training with the FAMU/Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) partnership. 

This pharmaceutical industry residency program was founded in 2009 as a partnership between FAMU and Bristol-Myers Squibb. The vision of the residency is to attract and develop a diverse group of talented pharmacists who bring clinical expertise, innovative ideas, and dedication to improving patient outcomes. The program provides a two-year residency in the therapeutic area of oncology. This residency will provide the residents with a unique experience that bridges the gap between clinical practice and the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Rhone received a PharmD from the University of North Carolina, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  When asked what drew her to the FAMU/BMS residency program, she said, “When pursuing a postgraduate training program, I was looking for three main qualities. First, I wanted to pursue a program that would help me to build my clinical skillset so that I could become an effective Medical Science Liaison (MSL) in the future. While there are MSL fellowships available, having a solid clinical foundation is a key to success in this career path. Second, I wanted to be a part of a program where I would have strong mentors to help guide me on my professional journey. With the FAMU/BMS Residency Program, I am confident that I will not only gain professional mentors in the pharmaceutical industry but will also gain mentors in academia and clinical pharmacy. Finally, after being a Hematology and Oncology intern at the University of North Carolina Cancer Hospital, I am most passionate about serving patients battling cancer. I wanted to gain industry experience at a company that was strong in Oncology and Hematology. With BMS’s recent acquisition of Celgene, I could not have asked for a better company to be a part of.”

Dr. Dickson, who received a PharmD from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona California, said,  “The main thing that drew me to the program was its unique structure. It offers clinical, industrial, and academic experience, a trifecta of experience that no other program offers. These experiences will definitely equip me with the requisite knowledge and skills to forge a successful career as a pharmacist. I am super excited to start and looking forward to meeting the entire FAMU/BMS team. I am also looking forward to the experiences and memories that I am about to make in this program.”

“During the interview process, we had approximately 28 applicants. The two learners chosen did their research. They were excellent,” said Nathaniel E. Eraikhuemen, PharmD, Division Director & Associate Professor at the CoPPS Davie, Florida Instructional Site.

 “I trust they will be very successful in the program. The FAMU/BMS residency is the only pharmacy residency program that compounds both clinical and industry training. We look forward to having this astute cohort of learners.” 

The new cohort will start their pharmaceutical industry residency in June 2020. To learn more about FAMU/BMS postgraduate training, visit  http://pharmacy.famu.edu/residency-brochure.pdf

FAMU College of Pharmacy Alumnus Receives Surprise Visit From Oprah at His Charlotte Pharmacy
06 Feb

FAMU College of Pharmacy Alumnus Receives Surprise Visit From Oprah at His Charlotte Pharmacy

Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) graduate Martez Prince, PharmD, is basking in the afterglow of Oprah’s seal of approval.

The media mogul paid a surprise visit to Prince’s Charlotte, N.C., pharmacy, Premier Pharmacy and Wellness Center, as part of her tour her “2020 Vision Tour: Your Life in Focus,” which is presented in partnership with WW (formerly Weight Watchers).

“It’s definitely one of those moments,” said Prince, who grew up in Fort Pierce, Fla. The 2010 graduate of the COPPS Institute of Public Health said it has taken a week for the impact of his Oprah encounter to sink in.  “It’s an amazing experience. To have that moment is surreal and very powerful,” he said.

The occasion was Prince’s 6th Wellness Fair and Celebration. The pharmacy usually hosts the fair in September; however, Oprah’s attendance was a special occasion. The fair featured local dentists, chiropractors, and more. The goal is to help the community establish the habit of regular checkups.

Prince’s work got Oprah’s attention because he is a minority-owned business that demonstrates a significant impact on the community in the area of health and wellness.

Prince said Oprah’s visit confirms he is doing the right thing. He said the wellness fair attendees were excited and empowered,

“The fact that Oprah dropped in on the event and talked about health and wellness was a big deal,” Prince said. “She demonstrated wellness could be a celebration.”

Oprah said she was impressed by Prince’s courage and determination to leave a corporate pharmacy and open his own business to improve the health of his community.

“Premier Pharmacy is not just an advantage and a great offering for this community. It’s a model for the country,” Oprah said at the event.

Dean Johnnie Early, Ph.D., said Prince is a fine example of what FAMU alumni can accomplish.

“We are inspired to see one of our COPPS, IPH graduates showing vision and entrepreneurship in the area of health and wellness,” said Early. “In providing community focused pharmacy care, Dr. Prince has set a standard for others to follow. And to be highlighted by Oprah is a testament to what he has accomplished in just a decade since graduation.” 

On October 3, 2015, Prince established Premier Pharmacy and Wellness Center, which is solely focused on the holistic wellbeing of its community. He started the business to give people from underserved communities a deeper understanding of their medication and healthcare. Staffed by 10 employees, Premier Pharmacy also houses a walk-in clinic run by a family nurse practitioner who can provide health screenings, vaccines, and acute care services like allergy treatments.

In the week since Oprah’s visit and the show aired, Prince has seen a flurry of media coverage, social media buzz and new business.

“We’ve gotten people who have transferred their prescriptions to us and using our services,” he said.