WVU Student Pharmacists Awarded National Recognition


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A WVU student organization was recognized recently for screening and education efforts in diabetes, heartburn and flu prevention. 

The WVU student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), led by co-advisors Betsy Elswick, PharmD, and Jennifer Clutter, was awarded the 2006 Operation Diabetes National Winning Chapter, beating out ninety competing schools at the APhA national meeting held recently in San Francisco. 

Tara Whetsel, PharmD, and student chairpersons Jane Rogers, Jennifer Rinkes and Ashley Reed, organized students’ participation in the health fairs and educational events. 

The WVU student chapter raised awareness about the pharmacist’s role in diabetes management through various patient-care projects such as screening nearly 300 adults for diabetes and referring nearly 60 patients to a physician for follow-up. The WVU chapter developed a puppet show for children to inform them about diabetes prevention, eating healthy and exercising and sponsored a child’s participation in Camp Kno-Koma, a summer camp for West Virginia children with Type-1 diabetes.

The WVU chapter earned two regional awards for their Operation Heartburn and Operation Immunization activities held at the WVU Mountainlair, Health Sciences Center, WVU Student Recreation Center and the Morgantown Mall. Students provided influenza vaccinations to Health Sciences Center employees and students and advocated for immunization delivery at local health fairs and education events.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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