Chen Awarded USPHS Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award

Published on 04 June 2018

P3 student Suzie Chen was awarded the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Health Pharmacy Award. The award is presented annually by the Pharmacist Professional Advisory Committee of the USPHS to those who have made an impact in public health. Chen was selected as one out of 86 award recipients for her volunteer work helping underserved patients in St. Louis.

Anastasia Armbruster, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, nominated Chen because of her dedication to serving the needs of the local community.

“I was surprised when I found out I was nominated for this award,” Chen said. “It is nice to be recognized for my hard work and to know that I have had an impact on public health.”

As president of the Health Professional Student Leadership Council (HPSLC), an organization that promotes interprofessional collaboration between all health professions on the Washington University Medical Center Campus, Chen has played an integral role in ensuring that the profession of pharmacy is represented at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSM) Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic.

The volunteer, student-run clinic provides free medical care to uninsured patients and addresses their immediate needs such as preventative care, treatment of chronic medical conditions, women’s health, physical exams, vaccinations and referrals. It also gives students from WUSM and St. Louis College of Pharmacy the opportunity to hone their patient care skills while working collaboratively under the supervision of a WUSM physician.

“At the clinic, student pharmacists will work alongside medical students to make treatment recommendations,” Chen said. “We will also help patients obtain affordable medications, refills and provide patients with education to help improve medication adherence.”

“Suzie has worked tirelessly to incorporate pharmacy students into the Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic,” Armbruster said. “Thanks to her efforts, pharmacy students, residents and faculty will be able to serve underserved patients with great medical needs.”

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