Pharmacy College Launches Community Outreach Day

Class is cancelled for 270 UNM College of Pharmacy (CoP) students Friday, October 19, so they can engage in community outreach health efforts in central and southern New Mexico. The UNM CoP’s inauguralCommunity Outreach Daywill place pharmacy students in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces. The entire cadre of Doctor of Pharmacy students from the college will interact in:

Ø Cardiovascular Health Screenings and Fairs

Ø Elementary School Poison Prevention Presentations

Ø Prescription Drug Abuse Education

Ø Immunizations

“As the pharmacy profession evolves into a much more significant clinical role, it’s important that UNM College of Pharmacy students experience supervised public health events with actual patients who have real health questions,” says Megan Thompson, Pharm.D., CoP associate professor of Pharmacy Practice. “This is really unprecedented. Faculty have never cancelled class for the entire college for something like this.” Below are the scheduled locations and events.

Prescription Drug Abuse Education (Generation Rx) Albuquerque - Desert Ridge Middle School; UNM SUB Las Cruces - Picacho Middle School, Las Cruces High School, Mayfield High School, Arrowhead Alternative School @ NMSU Santa Fe - The Academy for Technology and the Classics Mescalero Apache Tribe - Mescalero Middle/High School

SPIKE Poison Prevention - Albuquerque Chico & General Bradley Head Start Mesa Verde Head Start Highland Head Start Southwest Child Care Springstone Montessori School (three locations in Albuquerque)

Health Fair - Albuquerque North Valley Senior Center Alameda Community Center South Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center

Immunization Fair - Albuquerque Albuquerque High School Desert Ridge Middle School Eldorado High School Seven Bar Elementary School Alameda Community Center North Valley Senior Center Islamic Center of NM Alamosa Community Center Various Walgreens locations in Albuquerque

For more information on the UNM College of Pharmacy, visit

Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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