Roosevelt University’s College of Pharmacy was one of 15 colleges in the country to receive a grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation to support community health fairs during the month of September.
Team Up, Pressure Down is a pharmacy-based program starting this September within the Million Hearts initiative, which was launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Million Hearts initiative, with key stakeholders including the NACDS Foundation, aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years by raising public awareness about blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation.
In September, through the combined outreach of student pharmacists and faculty members, the selected schools and colleges of pharmacy will host community health fairs. The health fairs will feature student pharmacist-led blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, and medication reviews. In the United States alone, cardiovascular disease costs $444 billion every year in medical expenses and lost worker productivity.
“Student pharmacists will have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in their communities through preventive care services,” said NACDS Foundation President Kathleen Jaeger. “The NACDS Foundation is thrilled to work with these schools to improve the health and wellness of patients from across the country, and we are excited to continue to support the great work of HHS as they work toward the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.
The recipients—selected from nearly 70 applicant schools and colleges of pharmacy—are:
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