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UNC Pharmacy Students Big Hit With Seniors At the Fair

by Karen Mantzouris, Director of Marketing/Public Relations, Southern Regional AHEC

By 10 a.m., over 600 men and women stood waiting to get in. They wanted the doors of the Fayetteville/Crown Coliseum to open so they could begin the day reserved especially for seniors 50 years and older, filled with free entertainment, food, and exhibits.

Senior Day at the Cumberland County Agricultural Fair was held on Friday, September 24 and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students, under the direction of Susan Miller, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, proved to be one of the fair’s most popular attractions. These students assisted in marketing the health care services of The Family Medicine Center at Southern Regional AHEC by taking blood pressure and blood sugar readings of the more than 400 people who stopped by the booth. The pharmacy students were also available to perform medication review for the seniors who brought along a list of their medicines.

UNC Pharmacy students

Photo above: Students take a break between taking blood pressures and blood sugars of seniors at The Cumberland County Agricultural Fair. They are (left to right front row: Betsy Brinson, Jennifer Welsh, Jennifer Larson, Susan Miller, PharmD; (back row, left to right) Melanie Kolasa, Sara Dixon, Francis Nicholson, Holly Bennett, Hoang Nguyen.

Pharmacy students Betsy Brinson and Jennifer Larson developed a poster on medication therapy management that was displayed at the Southern Regional AHEC booth, giving seniors additional information on drug interactions.

“Participation at Senior Day at the Cumberland County Agricultural Fair gave the UNC pharmacy students the opportunity to enhance their skills in doing blood pressure and blood sugar assessments,” said Miller on how the project elevated the students’ learning experience. “Additionally, they shared drug information with those seniors who stopped by the Southern Regional AHEC booth. Ultimately, this will improve the lives of seniors.”