Dr. Arlesia Mathis was awarded a fellowship from the Next Generation Initiative’s Faculty Leaders Program at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The Next Generation Initiative was created to prepare policy analysts, innovators, and leaders who can tackle the most challenging societal and public problems in their communities, nationally and internationally, from informed and diverse perspectives. Faculty Leader Fellowships are competitively awarded to approximately 10-12 selected faculty members to participate in a week-long policy analysis summer program at the campus headquarters in Santa Monica, California. The fellowship will allow faculty fellows to participate in sessions designed to foster critical thinking, analytical reasoning, complex problem-solving, and multidisciplinary collaborative research planning. Faculty fellows will return to their home institutions armed with new tools to effect change in their communities and to inspire their students to consider careers and advanced study in public policy analysis. Pardee RAND Graduate School is a private institution based in Santa Monica, California at the RAND Corporation – inventor of many of the analytical tools of public policy analysis.
Drs. Lillian Smith and Juan Mosley, II, both faculty at the Durrell Peaden Education Center, announced that 17 of 21 students (81%), in the class of 2016, assigned to the Crestview division (P-4s) had published manuscripts or accepted manuscripts for publication prior to graduation. This class has obtained publications in the following journals: Florida Pharmacy Today; US Pharmacist; P&T; Journal of Generic Medicines; Journal of Hematology Oncology Pharmacy; and Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Class of 2016 at Crestview had a total of 10 published articles. To date, Dr. Smith and Dr. Mosley along with their Crestview students from various classes have produced a combined total of 18 publications in five years.
Dr. Crystal Parke, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was awarded the Martin Luther King Day Service Grant from St. Petersburg College. The amount awarded in 2016 was $3,381. Entitled “The Biggest Loser,” the purpose of the grant is to promote wellness through healthy lifestyle changes and encouragement of daily exercise. Dr. Parke and FAMU pharmacy students performed body mass index and blood pressure measurements and blood glucose screenings. Patients were also provided Magic Bullets, a smoothie recipe book, portion plates and daily food diaries to encourage lifestyle modifications.
Dr. Charlie W. Colquitt, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was awarded a Gulf-coast North Area Health Education Center (GNAHEC) grant in the amount of $10,000. Known as the Quality Improvement ActHyper-tension Initiative, the goal of the grant is to increase patient awareness of and compliance with hypertensive guidelines from the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8). Moreover, select pharmacists who receive the grant will be able to make a more concerted effort to employ medication therapy management and counseling to help patients reach blood pressure goals.
Four graduate students in public health to study in South Africa, Dominican Republic
Read the full article on the Tallahassee Democrat here: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/01/02/famus-copp-expands-global-health-outreach/96000068/
The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) developed the Center for Health Equity (CHE) to evaluate and provide solutions for the elimination of health disparities in underserved populations through research, education and building community linkages. Models to evaluate and reduce disparities will be created and evaluated across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic categories, and the findings will be used to recommend changes intended to improve health and disease-related outcomes and health care policy as it affects underserved populations. The Center is composed of an interdisciplinary team representing pharmacy, medicine, nursing, psychology, public health and social work. The creation of the Center is consistent with the mission and strategic plan of the COPPS, and it will provide an avenue for expanded research, student training, continuing education and community empowerment.
Conducting research, building a workforce to improve health in the underserved and strengthening community linkages are the major objectives. Through its many affiliations, the COPPS already has direct patient care responsibilities in underserved communities that include African-American, Hispanic and Haitian populations and is uniquely positioned throughout the State of Florida. Empowering communities to assume roles in health education is also a major focus and through effective intervention and research, models will be evaluated and reported to assess optimal procedures to achieve this. The COPPS currently has global affiliations, and it is poised to train professionals desiring to study problems associated with global health disparities as well.