Health Screening - We provide blood pressure, cholesterol and osteoporosis screening using blood pressure cuffs, Cholestechs, and a Sahara Bone Densitometer and educational counseling accompanied patient’s results from the various point-of-care machines. At each screening students were overseen by a pharmacist.
Kenya OTC Drive – CPFI holds an annual OTC Drive for goods students take on rotation sites to Kenya/El Salvador/Ecuador. We make a chapter contribution to help purchase toothbrushes, toothpastes, vitamins, ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
Christmas Service Project – Our chapter members individually signed up to help provide a family of seven, through the Ada Adopt-a-family program, dry goods and presents for Christmas day celebrations. In the past due toour members’ generosity, we were able to donate a whole carload to the family.
Absentee Ballot Request and Voter Registration Drive - Our NCPA Chapter provided voter registration and absentee ballot applications for the College of Pharmacy. During absentee ballot registration, we set up a table in the pharmacy building which is available to students for 5 days. Students would fill out their applications and write their return address on the envelope. Our chapter would then look up the appropriate address for the application to be sent to, write it on the envelope, and mail the applications at the end of the week. In 2011, we had 92 students fill out applications.
Letter Writing Campaign - During the Spring, we hold a letter writing campaign to allow student to send letters to their legislators for bills and laws pertaining to pharmacy. In Spring 2011, we had student send 3 letters concerning medication therapy management (MTM) bill to their house representative and one to each of their senators. A told of 102 student and faculty participated in the event, totaling 306 letters. We used the NACDS website to submit the letters through email.
Legislative Reception - In April 2011, our chapter hosted Congressman Jim Jordan to speak to 80 guests at ONU. A goal of the evening was to encourage and empower pharmacy student to be active consituents and realize the imprtance of political advocacy. In April 2012, our chapter hosted Ohio Senator and Pharmacist Dave Burke. He discussed how the legislation process affects us as a profession.
NCPA Annual Conference on National Legislation and Government Affairs - Every year our chapter send around 12 students to Washington D.C. to speak with their legislators directly about issues concerning pharmacy practice. There are also NCPA information sessions that we attend to gain a better understanding of the new legislation that will impact the profession of pharmacy.
In an effort to promote interest in independent community pharmacy ownership, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the NCPA Foundation have established the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. The goal of the Competition is to motivate pharmacy students to create the blueprint necessary for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or to develop a new pharmacy. The Competition is the first national competition of its kind in the pharmacy profession and is named to honor two great champions of independent pharmacy, the late Neil Pruitt, Sr., and the late H. Joseph Schutte. Through this competition, NCPA is better able to prepare tomorrow’s pharmacy entrepreneurs for a successful future.
Our chapter has been submitting business plans every year since 2008. Each business plan team consists up to four members. The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) also holds a business plan competition which our chapter has also participated in since 2008. In 2011, our chapter received first place at the OPA Business Plan Competition. In 2012, our chapter placed in the Top 10 Business Plans in the Country in the NCPA National Business Plan Competition.
Our NCPA chapter holds sells both consultation coats and name tags to students for fundraisers. Both of these items are sold during the Fall and Spring Semester.
White Consultation Coat Sale: We sell consultation coats to students to wear during their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences as well as their paid, undergraduate internships. These consultation coats feature the Raabe College of Pharmacy Badge, located on the front shirt pocket.
Professional Name Tag Sale: We sell two different kinds of name tags, one with a pin backing and one with a magnetic backing. Both can be personalized to any name, and also include "Ohio Northern University" on the badge.