SNPhA Snaps Up Awards
UHCOP Wins Large Chapter of Year Title, Awards for Mental Health and Stroke Initiatives at National Conference in Houston
July 31 — With more than 6,500 patients served during the prior year, the UHCOP Chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) snapped up a record-breaking third consecutive year – and its fourth win in five years – for the national Chapter of the Year among "Large Chapter" category for 2018-19.
In addition, the UHCOP chapter won the Mental Health Initiative of the Year and the Power to End Stroke Initiative of the Year also won first place at the 2019 SNPhA National Conference July 29-31 in Houston.
The efforts of several other chapter health awareness and outreach initiatives – Operation Immunization (vaccine-preventable diseases), Project Keepsake (Chronic Kidney Disease), Fighting Diabetes (diabetes/pre-diabetes) and Remember the Ribbon (AIDS/HIV awareness) – received honorable mentions at the meeting.
A team comprising three UH Pharm.D. students and a peer Texas Tech University Pharm.D. student won the Inaugural LEAP at LILLY™ Business Competition, a collaboration between SNPhA and pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly "offers students the unique opportunity to create a sustainable business model based off of a real-world scenario that is likely to occur in the practice of pharmacy." The team, which beat out 15 other teams from across the U.S., received a prize of $5,000 and an invitation to travel the company's headquarters to present its idea to corporate leadership.
Current chapter president Emily Cooper said the installation of past chapter president Darian Allen, a fourth year Pharm.D. candidate, as 2019-20 National President of SNPhA was the "perfect end" to the conference. Allen also was awarded a NPhA Foundation Endowed Scholarship (the National Pharmaceutical Association is the parent professional organization of SNPhA).
"She spoke powerfully about SNPhA’s mission and motivated everyone to begin their own L.E.G.A.C.Y. (or "Lead. Empower. Generate. Advocate. Community. Youth."), her theme for the year," Cooper said. "Overall, this conference was a tremendous success and we were humbled by how everything turned out. I am excited to bring home these awards and continue one with this amazing legacy next year!"