Script Your Future STL Holds 28 Events in 28 Days
Script Your Future STL was honored with a proclamation from the City of St. Louis, declaring Feb. 28, 2014 “Script Your Future: Medication Adherence Day” for conducting 28 events in 28 days.
SYF is a national public awareness campaign on medication adherence honoring leaders in a multi-profession student challenge. This year, the national campaign targeted three chronic diseases: diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease.
SYF STL, which is an interprofessional team of students from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing and the College, went about educating the public about these diseases by hosting and participating in an array of events throughout the St. Louis region, including Central West End neighborhood talks, Walgreens heart health and blood pressure screenings and Health Protection Education Services’ free February health clinic in University City. Organizations and places visited included the Saint Louis Science Center, First Baptist Church of Maryville, Ill., Christian Friends of New Americans, the International Institute of St. Louis, SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) St. Louis, Siteman Cancer Center, Confluence Academy, First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, Mo., Casa de Salud and Legacy/Faith Countryside Homes and Providence Place.
“We made every attempt to address all three chronic diseases targeted by the national Script Your Future campaign, and tried to meet residents of all walks of life in our city, regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, geographic location, sexual orientation, or ethnicity,” says Matt Siu, fifth-year STLCOP student and this year’s team leader. “Our patients were of all races, multilingual, gay and straight, rural and urban.
“We can therefore say with confidence and pride that our 2014 campaign efforts have truly left a mark on our future practice as health care professionals, as well as the city that has helped us grow as people,” he adds.
This year, SYF STL’s campaign slogan was “Let’s Talk, St. Louis.”
“We wanted to emphasize the importance of talking with health care professionals, as we felt that was a crucial step often overlooked when combating medication nonadherence,” Siu says.
As part of its outreach campaign, SYF STL devised a clever and useful mnemonic device: H.E.L.P., which stands for “How to take medicine; Expectations for your medicine; Living a healthy, longer life; and Paying for medicine.” The team created H.E.L.P. flyers and handed them out at their events and speaking engagements. They also created three public service announcement videos, one for each disease state. The videos, which also encourage the public to ask for H.E.L.P., can be found here.
“We felt responsible to create educational materials and programming focused on all three chronic disease states highlighted by the SYF campaign, as all of them, not just one, affect St. Louis,” Siu says.