Student National Pharmaceutical Association hosts Pharmsgiving Health Fair

December 21, 2017

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) hosted their largest health fair to date. Held in late November, the Pharmsgiving Health Fair provided free health screenings and education to scores of local citizens at Lay Park, a community center where children from impoverished families come for afterschool programs. Along with health services, SNPhA offered free food, raffles prizes, games and more in order to attract attendance. While the event was free, attendees were encouraged to bring canned goods for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, and more than 71 pounds of food was collected. In addition, the group partnered with such community organizations as the Athens Nurses Clinic and ADD Drug Store, a local pharmacy that provided free flu vaccines for participants.

Remarked Marin Abousaud, SNPhA president, “Pharmsgiving was our most successful outpatient health fair thus far. Our mission was to provide a well-rounded health fair with different health topics, several health screenings, administration of flu shots--all while demonstrating the capabilities of pharmacists in any setting. As an example, we measured the blood pressure of several patients at our hypertension booth. One of the patients had a high blood pressure reading indicating hypertensive crisis, and upon questioning, we learned he recently moved and could not afford to see a primary care physician or purchase needed medication.  With the help of faculty member Dr. Brian Seagraves, we advised him to seek medical attention immediately and directed him to a free health clinic in Athens to obtain the proper medical care.” He added, “This event was successful, thanks to the efforts of our UGA faculty, our executive board, ADD Drug pharmacy, and more than 70 student pharmacists who volunteered their time and effort.”