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Members of the UHCOP APhA-ASP Chapter and faculty co-advisor Bernadette Asias-Dinh, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, CDE, celebrate winning the Region 6 Operation Diabetes Award.

Defeating Diabetes

APhA-ASP Chapter Earns Regional Operation Diabetes Award for Screening, Education Initiatives

The UHCOP Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists won the Operation Diabetes Award at the Region 6 Midyear Regional Meeting Oct. 27-29 in Houston.

During the 2016-17 year, the UH chapter’s Operation Diabetes team planned and participated in 28 health fairs and outreach activities on its own or in collaboration with other student, local and national organizations and institutions. More than 4,000 people were impacted through screenings and education at the events and activities.

The Operation Diabetes leaders implemented a variety of new programs and strategies not only for chapter members to be more effective in their patient interactions, but also to enhance the quality and relevancy of diabetes prevention and management guidance for patients.

The operation updated a high-sugar drink poster, created a drawing activity and trivia for children, produced a sample meal plan, and designed a food plate activity and human body poster activity. Additionally, the operation provided a review on health screenings and assisted in making a health fair handbook to promote pharmacy learning and patient safety.