Born and raised in Belle Glade, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Keysha Bryant
drew on her deeper understanding of that community to lead Gregory School of Pharmacy
faculty and students on a mission trip to that area.
The 12-member team comprised of four faculty members and eight first-year students
focused their efforts on “reaching people in a way that matters most,” which made
for a great learning experience.
“This mission trip was great for a P1 student because it was a great stepping stone
in being exposed to our future career,” says Isabelle Serbulescu.
One of the biggest concerns in Belle Glade is the lack of medication education and
trust in pharmacists, Bryant said. The team spent a large portion of their time educating
residents on medication safety and the resources that are available to them. The students
learned the importance of keeping patients informed about what their medication does
so that nothing counteracts.
One such opportunity occurred when the team visited a senior center. The residents
were eager to receive help and asked many questions. In addition, the students also
led worship, hosted a community pickup, assisted in the local food pantry and directed
activities with youngsters at a childcare facility.
While the need for healthcare education among residents in other countries is well
understood, the needs of communities less than an hour’s drive from campus are often
Bryant hopes to continue this program and increase PBA’s presence in Belle Glade in
an effort to develop trust in pharmacists and increase overall medical knowledge among