NEWS RELEASE

December 15, 2008

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy (UNM COP) has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Con Alma Health Foundation to support its cooperative pharmacy program with New Mexico State University (NMSU).

The UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program was created to help ease the pharmacist shortage in southern New Mexico by giving high school graduates from the southern part of the state a head start in pharmacy school. Students selected for the program complete pre-pharmacy work at NMSU and are then admitted into the four-year UNM Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Part of the cooperative program involves summer experience where students spend the summers in the southern areas of the state completing pharmacy practice experiences. The $50,000 grant will go toward the summer experience portion of the program.

Con Alma Health Foundation is New Mexico’s largest foundation solely dedicated to improving the quality and access to healthcare for all New Mexicans.

The UNM COP is the oldest health professional program in New Mexico. The mission of the college is to develop innovative leaders in pharmaceutical care and research who enhance the quality of life for people of New Mexico.