INITIATIVES

Initiatives

SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare related issues, and the poor minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions.  You will learn, interact, and receive a fulfilling feeling as you attend each initiative impacting both our community patients and our pharmacy profession. The passion that we as officers, as well as Dr. Williams, feel for this organization is indescribable. Our returning members can tell you about how much they get from giving forth time to participate and being active in this organization. As a future Pharmacist and potential SNPhA member, find your passion in any of our initiatives and utilize that passion to make the best out of your experience in Pharmacy school. Due to the great number of patient impact from our chapter, we continue to traditionally be one of the strongest SNPhA Chapters in the nation, and we hope that you will join us to continue to leave this legacy.

“The voices of diversity and advocates of change for healthcare

in under-served communities”

 


UH SNPhA 2016-2017 Initiatives 

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Chronic Kidney Disease

Community Outreach

Diabetes

HIV/AIDS

Legislation

Immunization

Power to End Stroke

Mental Health

Smoking Cessation


Chronic Kidney Disease

The purpose of the CKD initiative is to implement programs and projects to make people aware of the health disparities in chronic kidney disease and to utilize all resources to educate those at a higher risk about the prevalence, prevention,treatment, and management of the underlying causes of CKD. The initiative allows SNPhA to make a great impact on healthcare by aiding in improving the health of CKD patients and decreasing the healthcare disparities in minority communities.

Chronic Kidney Disease Co-chair: Arlene Thomas

ArleneEmail: athomas18@uh.edu

“Hi everyone my name is Arlene Thomas and I’m one of the Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative Co-Chairs! I am from Gilbert, Arizona where I did most of my undergrad at University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!). I am fairly new to Texas as my family and I moved to Houston two summers ago. I spent one year at UH before starting pharmacy school last fall. Other than my love for SNPhA, food and dance are two of my greatest passions. I am very excited to be one of the initiative chairs for SNPhA, an organization which primarily focuses on serving the underserved and giving back to the community. As students in the health profession, we are in the best position to impact lives in the community by providing education as well promoting the importance of health and wellness. My co-chair and I are excited for events we have planned for the upcoming year, I hope you will join us as we try to make a positive impact in the lives we touch.”

Chronic Kidney Disease Co-chair: Hoda El-Haj

HodaEmail: hodaelhaj@yahoo.com

“Hi, my name is Hoda El-Haj, and I am one of this year’s Chronic Kidney Disease Co-Chairs. Before entering UHCOP, I attended the University of Houston for undergraduate, completing the pre-pharmacy prerequisites. As a P2, I am excited to represent SNPhA after seeing the amazing work accomplished by the previous officers. After shadowing a kidney transplant pharmacist and seeing how detrimental uncontrolled diabetes and blood pressure can be on the kidneys and one’s livelihood through an experience of a family member, I became very passionate about raising awareness about the conditions that can lead to CKD. I look forward to working with everyone to aid in SNPhA’s mission to serve those in need and positively impact our community.”


Diabetes

 Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, results from the inability of a person to produce or respond to insulin. It is a prevalent disease that affects more than 170 million people worldwide. There are three types of diabetes – Type I (insulin dependent), Type II (insulin resistance), and gestational (which occurs only during pregnancy). People with diabetes typically experience excessive thirst and have high glucose level in the blood and urine. Several factors can contribute to the development of diabetes, such as genetics, sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure, smoking, and an elevated cholesterol level. Even though diabetes is a serious health condition, through medications, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and patient education, many diabetics are able to keep their glucose levels in control.

Diabetes Co-chair: Francis Emelogu

Francis

Email: franmels@yahoo.com

“I considermyself a deep thinker. I find the world around me fascinating and burst with delight when I learn something new. For this reason, I place a high value on education. When people are informed about what occurs in their bodies, they are more likely to make healthier informed choices. A problem cannot be fixed without first being identified. 1 in 3 people with diabetes do not know they have diabetes. As a SNPhA diabetes chair, my goal is help people lead healthier lives by raising awareness and providing education to under-served populations where it is most needed.”fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

Diabetes Co-chair: Ashley Kwan

AshleyEmail: agkwan@uh.edu

“I am passionate about diabetes because it is a very prominent disease in our country that people do not understand fully, especially the differences between type 1 and type 2. I have family members who have been diagnosed with diabetes and I feel it is important that other family members of those with diabetes understand the disease. I think that because diabetes is popularly talked about does not mean people actually go and find out more information about it. This is why my co-chair and I have a duty to inform as many people as possible about what really goes on with diabetes.”


HIV/AIDS

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) targets the immune system of the human body, compromising it to the point where your body is unable to fight off some of the most basic infections. Many people across the globe live with HIV, and a large percentage of those infected don’t even know it. When HIV has damaged your immune system to a certain point, your condition is classified as AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). As the name suggests, AIDS is a collection of symptoms that may vary from person to person. AIDS is not a disease that kills people; it is a condition that allows other invaders of your body to kill you.Therefore, it is important to promote understanding of HIV/AIDS so that one can take charge of one’s health early on when there is still a fighting chance. Ignorance of one’s HIV status gives an illusion of safety and security and only promotes the spread of the virus.

HIV/AIDS Co-chair: Erica Morales

EricaEmail: elm72310@gmail.com

“Hello everyone! My name is Erica Morales, and I am super excited to start my P2 year as one of the HIV/AIDS Co-Chairs. Last year, I happened upon Omega House when I was looking for ways to be active in SNPhA before learning how to do screenings. It was such an eye-opening and rewarding experience that it motivated me to continue volunteering there as much as I could and learn more and more about HIV/AIDS. I’ve known from the day I started pharmacy school that I wanted to join SNPhA and serve the underserved, and I am so lucky to be a part of such an accomplished chapter. As HIV/AIDS Co-Chair, I look forward to contributing to the great impact we make on the Greater Houston area by reducing the stigma faced by HIV/AIDS patients and providing quality patient education.”

HIV/AIDS Co-chair: Sarah Theriault

SarahEmail: stheriault93@gmail.com

“Howdy! My name is Sarah Theriault and I am an HIV/AIDS Co-chair for the 2016-2017 school year. SNPhA is a great organization that works towards serving the underserved and, as part of the HIV/AIDS initiative, we serve the community in a variety of ways. We volunteer at a hospice home for HIV/AIDS patients and ensure their comfortability during this difficult time, we educate the student and minority populations about HIV/AIDS and the importance of protection, and we advocate for prevention. We also provide information and resources for people to get tested as well. I’m very passionate about my position and I hope to make a difference in people’s lives!”


Operation Immunization

 This initiative was put together on the grounds of informing the community about the importance of becoming vaccinated. We educate people on the new vaccines available like Gardasil and Menactra, and even maintenance vaccines like Zostavax and Tdap. It is surprising that many people in the community do not know they need a 10-year booster of Tdap, and the many elderly who do not know they need a Zostavax vaccination to protect them from the painful shingles virus. These are important illnesses and diseases that are easily avoidable with the proper immunizations. As healthcare providers, it is our job to inform the public of the vaccination options they have to protect themselves.

Immunization Co-chair: Kristina Nguyen

KristinaEmail: kristina.do.nguyen@gmail.com

“Hi everyone! I am excited to be serving as one of the co chairs for the Operation Immunization initiative this year. My interest inimmunizations started while I was doing my undergraduate degree. I read a book for my virology class called, The Panic Virus, where it was about the controversy behind vaccines and autism. After reading the book, it opened my eyes about the importance of vaccines as well as the consequences behind preventing childhood immunizations. I knew from then that I always wanted to be a strong advocate for immunizations, so when I joined SNPhA during my P1 year, I served in the national Operation Immunization subcommittee. There, I collaborated with other students at various schools of pharmacy and participated in bi-monthly conference calls. Through these calls, we were able to stay up to date on the initiative and also help come up with ways to spread awareness about vaccines. One notable achievement was helping with World Immunization Week during the end of April, the subcommittee and I made infographics for SNPhA members to share and educate about different vaccines and what diseases it prevents. I hope in this coming year, I can achieve those kind of goals locally for the underserved community!”

Immunization Co-chair: Michael Mouton

MichaelEmail: mouton.mike.a@gmail.com

“I am passionate about SNPhA because it is an organization that is not simply geared towards promoting the pharmacy profession,but driven to provide for disadvantaged populations. The strong goal orientation of SNPhA is something I identify with greatly. I love to lift and run in my free time and find that I incorporate goal setting to reach my fitness objectives. I also enjoy learning about different cultures and backgrounds, and I plan to get as much exposure to the world as I possibly can. SNPhA is about diminishing racial, economic, and gender barriers to achieve our goals. Operation Immunization encourages me to innovate ways to advocate for vaccination and help immunization awareness. I ultimately want to look back and see that I have in some way impacted underserved communities through outreach.”


Power to End Stroke

 Stroke is the third cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in America. It occurs when a blood vessel bringing blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked or ruptures. As a result,the brain cells do not get the flow of blood they need. Nerve cells cannot function without oxygen and die within minutes. When these nerve cells die, the part of the body that they control cannot function either. The devastating effects of stroke are permanent because dead brain cells cannot be replaced. Each year, about 700,000 Americans have a stroke. Stroke strikes every 45 seconds,and someone dies of stroke every 3.3 minutes. The estimates of direct and indirect costs for stroke annually are near $43 billion dollars.

Power to End Stroke Co-chair: Samantha Sangabi

SamanthaEmail: szsangabi@uh.edu

“Hello, my name is Samantha Sangabi and I am a P2. For SNPhA, I have the privilege of serving as the co-chair for the Power toEnd Stroke initiative. I love SNPhA because it allows me to give back to the community and providing vital information about strokes. This initiative hits close to home for me and I want to be able to reach out to as many people as possible, by helping them recognize the signs and symptoms, and acting fast.”wewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Power to End Stroke Co-chair: Julia Roh

JuliaEmail: julia.y.roh@gmail.com

“Hi! My name is Julia Roh and I am one of the Power to End Stroke Co-Chair’s for the 2016-2017 school year. I joined SNPhA during my P1 year of pharmacy school and this organization has never failed to amaze me in the impact we make in the community. From all the inspirational leaders they invite to the meetings to the communities we go out to help, SNPhA is a great organization to be part of. As the Power to End Stroke Co-Chair, I can’t wait to go out into the community and raise awareness about stroke!”


Mental Health

The purpose of mental health initiative is to educate people on ways to relieve stress and also to inform people on the many diseases that can arise from the brain. Everyone can relate to the topic of stress. Stress is when you upset your balance in life. It could be from work, school or family. In small doses, stress is healthy and normal. It is only when stress is overloaded that a person could suffer from it. Too much stress can result in high blood pressure. High pressure is the leading cause of heart attacks. So something as simply as exercising can prevent multiple diseases. Also through this initiative, we hope to educate our peers and community on other mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

Mental Health Co-chair: Alex Duong

AlexEmail: alexduong99@yahoo.com

“My name is Alex Duong. I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the first part of my life and lived in Dallas, Texasfor the second half. Currently, I am now residing in Houston, Texas to attend pharmacy school. Growing up I was very involved in playing sports such as football and basketball. Through moving to different states and participating on many teams, I had the opportunity to meet and get close to many individuals. From my experience getting to know people, I found that everyone comes from unique and different backgrounds. I also found that most of the people I met are not comfortable talking about their mental health conditions. There seems to be a big societal stigma about people talking about their mental health since the majority of people who don’t share or cannot empathize with those affected just tell them “to get over it”. This prevents those affected to get help. Also, treating these mental conditions is no easy task since not everyone seeks help nor is it easy to see and diagnose these conditions. I want to make people aware and comfortable about the various mental health conditions that are present around us everyday and to help make strides to end the stigma that surrounds this field.”

Mental Health Co-chair: Lumeng Li

LumengEmail: lumeng.li@gmail.com

“Hi everyone! I will be one of the chairs for the mental health initiative this year. My interest in mental health started in high schooland was the reason I decided to pursue a bachelors degree in psychology during undergrad. When I heard about SNPhA’s mental health initiative, I knew immediately I wanted to be a part of it. As mental health co-chair, I want to spread awareness of mental health not only to the student population at UH but also to underserved communities around Houston. Last year I served as the mental health junior chair and gained a lot of experience working with my co-chairs. I hope to use that experience and the connections I’ve made in this past year to reach the goals we’ve set for our initiative this year!”


 

Smoking Cessation

The purpose of the Smoking Cessation health initiative is to raise awareness about the risks of smoking and to help people who are interested in quitting “Say No to the Pack”. Because smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States, many problems can be prevented if more people are aware of all the multitude of risks involved when smoking. By informing the public of these dangers and implementing our free smoking cessation program, this initiative will be able impact many people and be a great way to prevent many people from developing the numerous health problems related to smoking.

Smoking Cessation Co-chair: Vivian Lieu

VivianEmail: viviannlieu@yahoo.com

“Hello my name is Vivian and I am currently the smoking cessation co-chair for SNPhA. I love SNPhA because of the countlessopportunities that the organization gives to its members to give back to the underserved communities around the local Houston area. The impact of initiatives like smoking cessation is important to me because we make patients more aware and proactive about their life style choices. Whether it is impacting 1 or 100 patients, the rewarding feeling lies on how a life can be impacted with your knowledge on your initiative.”

Smoking Cessation Co-chair: An Dieu

Email: atdieu@uh.edu

“Hey guys! I completed my pre-pharmacy coursework at Houston Community College and University of Houston. I joined SNPhAbecause it’s an organization that truly serves the underserved. I took the initiative of becoming one of the Smoking Cessation Co-Chairs because I want to help the community be more aware of what smoking can do to their bodies and how it can affect the people around them. If you are interested in becoming a smoking cessation committee member or having any questions about this initiative, feel free to ask Vivian or me!”


Community Outreach

 Community Outreach enables us to go out into the community to help in a multitude of ways- for any cause that affects any group of people. The Community Outreach Chairs help the community by signing students up to help with the HOMES clinic, which is a special clinic focused on providing health services to Houston’s homeless. We create and find different service events to promote the importance of pharmacy or health issues. We also help to raise awareness of SNPhA’s different initiatives. We can join up with other initiative chairs or support any other cause such as breast cancer, helping natural disaster victims, and anything else that would improve the community and spread awareness.

Community Outreach Co-chair: Chidi Iroegbu

ChidiEmail: dwivedi.rohan@gmail.com

“As your 2016-2017 SNPhA Community Outreach co-chair, I am looking forward to building new relationships with the community around us in an effort to make those with less accessibility, more aware about their health and wellness. I am a passionate individual, and I don’t undertake any task unless I intend on putting forth my 100%. Knowledge is power, and it is this very power, that I would like to provide to those that are not able to obtain it the traditional way, via physicians offices and good school systems. With this position I aim to collaborate effectively with my co-chair, Chidi, and hold several events ranging from health fairs for the underserved, to professional development for our students as well as prospective pharmacy students… hopefully putting us in position for Chapter of the Year as our predecessors have. I hope you all enjoy what we are able to plan for this upcoming school year, and I am excited to be working with the 2016-2017 Executive Team!”

Community Outreach Co-chair: Rohan Dwivedi

rohanEmail: dwivedi.rohan@gmail.com

“As your 2016-2017 SNPhA Community Outreach co-chair, I am looking forward to building new relationships with the community around us in an effort to make those with less accessibility, more aware about their health and wellness. I am a passionate individual, and I don’t undertake any task unless I intend on putting forth my 100%. Knowledge is power, and it is this very power, that I would like to provide to those that are not able to obtain it the traditional way, via physicians offices and good school systems. With this position I aim to collaborate effectively with my co-chair, Chidi, and hold several events ranging from health fairs for the underserved, to professional development for our students as well as prospective pharmacy students… hopefully putting us in position for Chapter of the Year as our predecessors have. I hope you all enjoy what we are able to plan for this upcoming school year, and I am excited to be working with the 2016-2017 Executive Team!”


Legislation

A dual initiative focusing upon voting registration among underrepresented minorities and on immigration issues affecting the nation. As a student body, it promotes the creation of new resolutions to improve the profession of pharmacy.

Legislation Co-chair: Julie Samreth

JulieEmail: jsamreth@uh.edu

“Hey, y’all! I’m so excited to be one of the legislative chairs for SNPhA this year! Legislation is often overlooked but plays a vital role in our everyday lives. The laws that affect us began as mere ideas which were later brought to life by people who cared. Through this initiative, I want students at UHCOP to know that they have a voice in effecting changes that can impact not just the area of pharmacy, but the world around them.”

Legislation Co-chair: Nils Tran

NilsEmail: ntran4@uh.edu

“I came to legislation because I care about where the profession is going. Pharmacy is riddled with laws that are made by those who don’t know what our profession is really like. Most of the laws make it harder for pharmacists to practice and diminish our ability to provide the best pharmaceutical care. I want more pharmacists and students to take a stand and show what we can do so that we can take control of our profession in our mission to give the best care to our patients.fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff


UH SNPhA 2016-2017 CHAIRS/LIASONS

Our Chair/Liasons

CAPS Coordinator

Chapter Delegate

Pre-Pharmacy Liason

P1 Liason

Alumni Dinner Coordinator

Fundraising CoChair

Social Chair 

CAPS Coordinator


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CAPs Coordinator: Brian Tran

BrianEmail: nowaie@gmail.com

“Hello, I graduated from UT Austin with a BS in Chemistry and am fortunate enough to be this  year’s CAPS Coordinator. In my spare time, I enjoy working out at the REC and playing guitar. My goal is to increase collaborative involvement with the local SNPhA chapters in our area so that we can get to know each other better and host more events together. SNPhA sparked my interest because of its unique and niche goal of serving the underserved. During my P1 year, I was able to see first hand how our six initiatives affected the lives of the community around us. Our efforts made a noticeable impact and I hope to keep that up for the years to come.”


Chapter Delegate: Olga Meboka

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Chapter Delegate: Olga Meboka

Email: olgameboka@gmail.com

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 Pre-Pharmacy Liaison

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Pre-Pharmacy Liaison: Jennifer Pham

JenniferEmail: jenniferpham95@gmail.com

“Hello! My name is Jennifer Pham and I am a Pre-Pharmacy Student pursuing a B.S. in Human Nutrition. When I am not busy studying, my passions involve helping others in need through my volunteer service, singing and playing the piano, and cooking. I also love longboarding and learning how to drive stick shift. SNPhA became an integral aspect of my life because of how everyone is willing to guide you. Whether it be advice for undergraduate studies or teaching you more about the profession of pharmacy, the dedication is truly there. I am extremely grateful as every single Pharmacy Student has molded me into the person I am today. I want the same for each and every person and the way to give back is to do my best to guide you like how I was guided. This is the reason why I am passionate about my duties as SNPhA’s Pre-Pharmacy Liaison. I sincerely want every Pre-Pharmacy Student to know that I have been in your shoes! We look forward to meeting you all!”


P1 Liaisons:

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 P1 Liaisons: Grace John

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"Hi y'all my name is Grace John. I finished my undergraduate classes at University of Houston, so I count myself lucky on still being able to call myself a coog GO COOGS! SNPhA's roots in aiding the less fortunate, is what motivated me to join this organization along with its strong foundation in keeping up with the legacy of former UH SNPhA members. In addition, SNPhA strives to aid neighboring communities, and bridge the disparity between the thriving health institutions such as the UH College of Pharmacy and neighboring underprivileged communities. Being a part of SNPhA is a great experience!"


Alumni Dinner Coordinator

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Alumni Dinner Coordinator: Rica Alba

RicaEmail: ralyalba@gmail.com

“Hi all! My name is Rica Alba and I am currently a P2. I like that SNPhA not only helps the underserved, but also allows membersto grow and connect with each other from now and well into the future. As one of the dinner coordinators, I love to help everyone out by planning the event that will further establish the connection between SNPhA alumni and its current members. I look forward to working with you all!”

 

Alumni Dinner Coordinator: Nils Tran

NilsEmail: ntran4@uh.edu

“This position is not just about coordinating a dinner but it’s about appreciating the College of Pharmacy’s alumni. Despite their graduation, SNPhA still welcomes them back the the college and it gives them an opportunity to reconnect with their fellow classmates and mentors”asddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd

 


Fundraising Chairs:

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Fundraising Co-Chair: Nhan Dao

"My name is Nhan Dao. I was born and raised in Vietnam. I moved to the United States 6 years ago. I am proud to say that I am a part of the SNPhA family. Being part of the fundraising chair gives me great opportunities to develop my leadership skills and to support the development of SNPhA."


 Social Chairs

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Social Chair: Kaycie Rathburn

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"Hi, my name is Kaycie Rathburn and I am the SNPhA social co-chair. I grew up in the Houston area and received my biology degree from University of Houston before starting UHCOP. I work at a compounding/speciality retail pharmacy and I have encountered a lot of underprivileged patients. During these experiences, I've learned how important it is to educate and serve patients that don't have the same healthcare opportunities as our other patients. SNPhA's motto of "serving the underserved" drew me into the organization and gives me an opportunity to help more patients understand the importance of maintain their health and utilizing their medication. As the social co-chair, I help plan fun events so our chapter members can grow closer and work better together to serve our communities."

 

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