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Pharmacy Students Offer Screenings at Gulfton-area Service Center  

UHCOP, UT School of Medicine Students Team on April 13 Health Fair at Alliance for Multicultural Community Services

Houston 04-18-13 - Students from UH College of Pharmacy and The University of Texas School of Medicine in Houston (UTHealth) partnered with the non-profit Alliance for Multicultural Community Services to deliver much-needed wellness screenings and immunizations to refugees and low-income residents of Houston's Gulfton area.

Student members of the UH Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists provided more than
30 immunizations and a total of 149 blood pressure checks and blood glucose screenings at the April 13 event.

The event also was featured on KTRK-TV; watch the video here.

"The multicultural health fair is a great way for student pharmacists to become comfortable interacting with a diverse group of patients," said Michelle Lam, APhA-ASP patient care coordinator for the event. "It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to apply our knowledge from the classroom and practice our clinical skills while helping the public at the same time.

"This health fair stands out from the others I have been involved with. Within one day, you encounter more than 150 individuals and countless languages! It requires you to overcome barriers, such as the language barrier, but this is great practice since these will be the same barriers that we will come across in the future."