VCU Pharmacy School Wins RxIMPACT Award

A pharmacy school was named the winner of a drug store chain’s annual award for schools and students who advocate for public health and work in the community. Many pharmacy school students choose to spend their college years getting involved in projects that promote wellness; an important resume booster for graduate programs and entry into the job market.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has named VCU School of Pharmacy the recipient of the 2012 NACDS RxIMPACT “U” Advocacy Award. The award is presented annually to pharmacy school students and campuses in recognition of their active engagement in pro-patient and pro-pharmacy grassroots advocacy.

The winning VCU School of Pharmacy team was helmed by third-year students Catherine Floroff and Bradford McDaniel, second-year student Natalie Nguyen and faculty advisor Gary Matzke, associate dean for clinical research and public policy. The school received a plaque and $2,500 to help fund future student advocacy initiatives.

NACDS credited the VCU students for “demonstrating leadership in creating a student policy and advocacy forum where students learned the process of advocating for pharmacy by engaging on the legislation affecting the profession.”

The NACDS RxIMPACT “U” Advocacy Award program is part of the NACDS RxIMPACT “U” initiative, dedicated to engaging pharmacy students and faculty in the policymaking process.

NACDS president and CEO Steven C. Anderson said, “Catherine, Bradford and Natalie have demonstrated leadership and commitment in showcasing the unsurpassed value of community pharmacy improving patient health. Their efforts exemplify what we hope other advocates participating in NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill will implement at their schools.”

Floroff, McDaniel and Nguyen were inspired to create a student advocacy forum as the result of a 2011 VCU School of Pharmacy-sponsored Practice Transformation Conference. The mission of the conference was to set the course for the future of pharmacy practice in Virginia.

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