SNPhA National Chapter of the Year


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) was named Chapter of the Year at the organization’s 2013 National Conference, which was held in New Orleans July 26-29.

The UTHSC chapter also won the Rite Aid/Chauncey I. Cooper Excellence Award for the Large Chapter of the Year. The awards earned the UTHSC group $5,000 and $1,500 to go toward SNPhA registrations in the future. UTHSC student pharmacist and SNPhA member Samantha Adams was inducted as the National Immunization Chair.

The SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who plan and execute programs to improve the health, education and social environment in the community. The organization aims to develop leadership and professional skills in students, promote participation in national health care issues, increase the role and image of the minority health professional and educate communities on better health practices. “Our SNPhA students demonstrated high intellect, dedication, perseverance and determination –four traits that gave them the competitive advantage,” said Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns dean of the College of Pharmacy. “Their presentation and video highlighted the hard work they put into consistently achieving significant goals. The faculty and staff in the College of Pharmacy congratulate them on a job well done. We are so proud of them.”

The UTHSC chapter, which has more than 200 members, submitted a 10-minute video detailing this year’s efforts to increase membership, heighten attention to diversity, strengthen community involvement and boost health education. The video cited work by members at student health fairs, smoking cessation programs, blood pressure screenings, immunization programs, diabetes screenings, blood glucose screenings, HIV awareness programs, and other health education events locally and overseas.

“The University of Tennessee SNPhA chapter has exceeded expectations in reaching out to underserved populations and fulfilling SNPhA’s mission,” said Idris Yakubu, SNPhA national public relations liaison. “Therefore, we are very grateful to them and we honor their excellence.” Link to their video that helped them win: