BESt program named 2018 “What’s Right with the Region” honoree

Published on 19 March 2018

The BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute has been selected as a “What’s Right with the Region” honoree for 2018. The program is included among 20 individuals, organizations and initiatives that are being recognized for their impact and service to the St. Louis community. The “What’s Right with the Region” awards are presented annually by FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization. Honorees are nominated by the public and selected by a panel of community judges.

The BESt program is being recognized in the “Improving Racial Equality and Social Justice” category for its commitment to promoting diversity, access and opportunity for all. BESt was developed in 2008 to educate and prepare multicultural high school students for careers in health care, with an emphasis on pharmacy.

The initiative, which is a collaboration between Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Express Scripts and the College, gives area sophomores, juniors, seniors and incoming College freshman the opportunity to take part in six-week educational sessions hosted at the College each summer.

“As the BESt program prepares to enter its 10th year, we are incredibly grateful to FOCUS St. Louis for recognizing our work to create a diverse pipeline of future science and health care professionals for the St. Louis area,” said Isaac Butler, vice president for diversity and inclusion.

The BESt program will be formally recognized during the upcoming What’s Right with the Region Awards Celebration, which will take place May 10 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.