The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy recently was recognized by the Vision 2020 Program for the collaborative clinical and screening programs it has developed across the state.

“The College of Pharmacy develops innovative leaders in pharmaceutical care and research who enhance the quality of life for the people of New Mexico. From flu immunization clinics with University of New Mexico Hospital and the Department of Health, to health screenings around the state, the UNM COP is on the frontline of sharing healthcare services and information with its citizens,” said Leigh Caswell, Program Manager for Vision 2020 in the UNM HSC Office for Community Health.” The Health Sciences Center Vision 2020 is moving us to measure our success through improved health and health equity in New Mexico by partnering with communities to meet their needs.”

The College has created partnerships with UNM Hospital, the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Immunization Coalition to administer vaccinations during “Shots for Tots” and “Got Tots, Get shots” events at Southeast Heights Clinic, First Nations Clinic, First Choice Community Health Center and at the State Fair. College of Pharmacy students have participated in mass vaccination flu clinics including one in Crownpoint, the H1N1 mass vaccination clinic at the Albuquerque Convention Center and the UNMH clinics.

Another growing healthcare area the College advocates for is health care screenings around the state. Cardiac risk assessment, heartburn awareness and diabetes management are all health issues UNM COP student pharmacists monitor for citizens. Screenings take place at senior centers, churches, Isotopes games, the NM Conference on Aging, the New Mexico state legislature, Hobbs, Roswell, San Felipe, Tewa, Farmington, Las Lunas and Isleta.

“C Day” was a Hepatitis C awareness and education event, reaching 22 out of the 33 counties in New Mexico. In May 2010, Student pharmacists traveled around the state and spoke at pharmacies, truck stops, parks, churches and shopping malls about prevention and treatment of Hepatitis C.

Student pharmacists and faculty members also volunteer at Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless to improve the patient’s understanding of prescription medication. Another site where student pharmacists participate in providing care is the East Central Ministries One Hope Clinic.

The College partners with the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center to educate the public on poisonings in the home, how to take medications and how to poison proof their home. The Poison Center reached nearly 125,000 people through Public Education activities this past year, including 17 counties around the state and over 117 Health Education events.

The Prescription drug abuse and misuse prevention and education program is a successfully growing initiative, reaching middle school and high school students. Student pharmacists provide some of the presentations at various schools around the state. The program is quickly growing in popularity with schools around the state. Students are taught to analyze their choices critically regarding the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.

The UNM College of Pharmacy faculty and students perform many community outreach activities each year toward fulfilling our mission to improve the quality of life for the citizens of New Mexico.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322