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.
Project NADA - For this outreach, we educate the community and local schools on drug abuse.
Fire the Fireplace – Our chapter members individually signed up to help provide a great Christmas to a Hardin county family in need. We gather nonperishable foods, hygiene products, and presents for Christmas day celebrations! In the past, due to our 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 the spring of 2018, we had each student send a letter concerning provider status to their house representative A total of 50 students and faculty participated in the event. We used the NACDS website to submit the letters through email.
Legislative Reception - In April 2018, Ohio Northern University welcomed representatives Scott Lipps and Sarah LaTourrette to our 8th annual Legislative Summit at the Inn at Ohio Northern to speak about current legislature promoting the practice of pharmacy. Representative Lipps has been a mainstay in pharmacy advocacy in the Ohio House of Representatives and has even cosigned bills that promote the profession.
NCPA Annual Conference on National Legislation and Government Affairs - Every year our chapter send around 15 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.
Continually since 2012, our chapter is consistently placing in the Top 10 Business Plans at the NCPA National Business Plan Competition, along with consistently placing first overall at the OPA Business Plan Competition. In 2018, ONU finally broke through to place Top 3 in the Nation, giving our chapter the opportunity to present their plan at the NCPA National Convention in Boston, MA.
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 Compounding Lab, Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practicer Experiences (APPEs) 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 personalized name tag specifically for ONU students. This specific name tag comes with a magnetic backing for ease of attachment. This can be personalized to any name, and also include "Ohio Northern University" on the badge.