Pharmacy Student Recognized for Immunization Efforts

Emily Keeler

Ee Jye Poi Ee Jye Poi, a third-year Doctor of Pharmacy student, has been named one of two students to receive the 2013 Student Award for Excellence in Community Service by The Ohio State University.

As a young person growing up in Southeast Asia, Poi witnessed first-hand the effects of vaccine-preventable diseases.

“In Asia, many people do not get their vaccinations due to poverty, lack of public health awareness and other various reasons,” said Poi, “Whereas in America, it is a privilege to get affordable vaccines. There is no reason why people should suffer from preventable diseases.”

Because of this experience, Poi has become an advocate for immunization efforts. She co-chaired the Operation Immunization Campaign as organized by the American American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). In this role she aimed to increase the public’s awareness of, and the number of adults receiving, the flu vaccine. Poi collaborated with Giant Eagle and CVS pharmacies to bring student pharmacists into clinics provide immunizations and educate patients. A total of 33 flu shot events vaccinated 2,200 patients.

Poi and the second winner, Angel Algarin, were presented with the award on May 2, 2013, at the annual Outreach and Engagement celebrations.