2018 University Engagement Recognition Awards announced; three College of Pharmacy partnerships recognized


May 7, 2018

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Three College of Pharmacy partnerships were recently honored at The Ohio State University Engagement Recognition Awards on May 2, 2018. The awards ceremony recognizes faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in meaningful partnerships that produce engaged scholarship and community impact.

The Medication Management Program, part of the Institute of Therapeutic Innovations and Outcomes (OSU-MMP), received the Distinguished Service-Learning Award.

MMP group photoTo receive the Distinguished Service Learning Award, applicants must have demonstrated outstanding achievement in and commitment to service-learning by establishing a project that has a long-term record of sustained impact and achievement. Applicants are evaluated on the significance of the service learning partnership, the relationship and reciprocity between the university and community, the impact, lessons learned and best practices, and the future plans for the partnership.

OSU-MMP not only makes an impact at Ohio State, but across the country. The program employs more than 130 students enrolled at the College of Pharmacy and allows them to gain hands on experience in their field. Through telephone medication reviews, OSU-MMP employees assist more than 3,300 patients every week and help improve the quality of their patients’ care and medication use, maximizing treatment outcomes.

The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio received the Excellence in Community Partnership Award.

Charitable group photoTo receive the Excellence in Community Partnership Award, applicants must have rendered exceptional outreach and/or engagement within Ohio’s communities through partnership with Ohio State. Applicants are evaluated on their partnership and project, how it was developed with the university, and how it contributes to the institutions culture of engagement, further establishing and strengthening the university’s commitment to supporting the communities we serve.

The College of Pharmacy partnered with The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio (CPCO) eight years ago with the mission of enhancing the education of pharmacy students while improving access to medications and pharmacy care for underserved patients. The partnership has grown to more than 45 students, 200 volunteers, an average of four independent study research students, and two pharmacy residents per year, along with a shared faculty practitioner and a community pharmacy residency director. In addition to education, patient care was positively impacted. Unduplicated patients grew from 906 in 2010 to 1,583 in 2017. More than 350,000 prescriptions have been filled in the eight year period with a medication value of over $27 million.

The American Pharmacist Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists received the Student Group Award for Excellence in Community Service Programming.

APhA-ASP award recipientTo receive the Student Group Award for Excellence in Community Service Programming, applicants must have demonstrated excellent outreach and/or engagement within Ohio’s communities through partnership with a community agency. Applicants are evaluated on their outreach partnership and project, the planning process, and the impact the program had on the community and Ohio State.

Student members in the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), alongside a former faculty member, collaborated to start a patient care initiative at the Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center. At the clinic, APhA-ASP student pharmacists worked with other volunteers to provide comprehensive care for uninsured patients including medication reviews, checking in patients, dispensing free prescriptions and providing medication counseling. Student pharmacists were able to serve an average of 20 uninsured and underserved patients per clinic day and provided educational materials and resources to underserved patients making a positive impact on their lives.

Congratulations to the award recipients! The College of Pharmacy is proud to have such incredible partnerships that not only enhance our students’ learning experiences, but improve patient care and health outcomes for patients across the country.