St. Louis College of Pharmacy Named to National Honor Roll
Published on 18 December 2014
St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s hard work and dedication to the St. Louis community has been recognized by the federal government. Thanks to the efforts of students, faculty, and staff the College was just named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The program is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
“An integral part of the College’s mission is serving the community,” says College President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D. “Participating in service projects is an important, and vital, aspect to prepare students to become leaders.”
The College was commended for its numerous efforts in promoting the health of the region. Students and faculty spend thousands of hours every year consulting patients about their health and medication, as well as performing important screening services like blood pressure and blood glucose tests. The College is also a recognized leader in the efforts to safely remove and dispose of medications from the home. Members of the College community also regularly volunteer to clean up parks and other public spaces around the region, wrap Christmas gifts for children in need, and fill donated book bags with school supplies.
“Pharmacists are not only the medication experts on the health care team, they’re also the most accessible team members in the community,” Pieper says. “Because of this accessibility and extensive drug knowledge, pharmacists improve patient health outcomes.”
This is the second year in a row for the College to be named to the honor roll. The College was just one of five higher education institutions in the region recognized in the general community service category. Other categories included interfaith community service, economic opportunity, and education.
“Service and higher education go hand in hand,” says Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “These schools are inspiring young leaders to roll up their sleeves and work alongside community members to solve problems. By recognizing the institutions who are leading the way to achieve meaningful, measurable results for the communities they serve, we also highlight the vital role all colleges and universities play in addressing community challenges and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.”
CNCS is the federal agency for volunteering and service. More about the honor roll can be found on the CNCSwebsite.