Pharmacy students, pharmacists and healthcare providers recently spent a day answering questions, offering information and providing health screenings to the public during the fourth annual "Prescription for Health" Fair sponsored by Palm Beach Atlantic University's Gregory School of Pharmacy.
Student volunteers organized the Oct. 8 health fair in downtown Lake Worth, which featured 25 informational booths. Some of the health topics included asthma/COPD, children's health, cholesterol, diabetes, heartburn, herbals, hypertension, immunization, medication drop-off, men’s and women's health, over-the-counter drug awareness, poison prevention, skin care, smoking cessation, the new American plate and veterinarian services.
In addition, a blood donation bus was on site, and participants could take part in bone marrow matching.
Volunteers administered 27 blood glucose screenings, 41 blood pressure screenings and 18 HIV rapid tests. In addition, CVS representatives administered 25 flu vaccinations. In all, organizers recorded 533 interactions with the public during the event.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation provided a $7,000 grant to support the annual health fair. Other sponsors include CVS, Walgreens and Publix.
Several student pharmacy organizations participated in the event, including the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists/Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (ASHP-SSHP), Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI), Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Chi and Kappa Epsilon.