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Free Health Screenings at Missouri Botanical Garden

Published on 01 June 2015

On Wednesday, April 9, students from St. Louis College of Pharmacy will offer free health screenings to all visitors to the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden is one of more than a dozen locations across St. Louis where students will offer their services to the community.

 “The College is not holding classes on Wednesday, so more than 800 students will be able to go out in the community and demonstrate the impact pharmacists have on the health of St. Louis,” says Kilinyaa Cothran, RPh., director of professional student affairs at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

 Students will be performing diabetes, blood pressure and bone density screenings. They will also discuss the safe use of medications, asthma, and how patients can utilize pharmacists to help achieve their health care goals. Admission to the Garden is free for St. Louis city and county residents on Wednesday until noon.

 “This is an excellent opportunity for those in the community to learn a little more about their health,” Cothran says. “My hope is that those who visit us on Wednesday will use their test results as a conversation starter with their health care provider.”

 In addition to the Garden, students will be at the Saint Louis Science Center and more than a dozen community pharmacies across the region. St. Louis College of Pharmacy was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its devotion to community service including health screenings events. This year is the College’s sesquicentennial, marking 150 years since it was founded in 1864.

 “As part of the yearlong celebration of the College’s birthday, we wanted this to be the biggest day of service in the College’s history,” Cothran says.

 Also on Wednesday, several hundred students will travel to Jefferson City to meet with lawmakers about issues affecting pharmacy and health care. Follow the online discussion throughout the day on Twitter using the hashtag #LegDay2014.

About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been committed to educating the best pharmacists in the United States. The region’s only independent college of pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third oldest continuously operating and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The student body is comprised of 1,400 students, 40 percent of which are minority or multicultural. The students come to the College from 31 states and 10 countries. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities in the sophomore and junior years of the undergraduate program and the first year of the professional program. Students earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science degree in a seven-year curriculum. An education at the College opens up the world to graduates for a career in a wide range of practice settings. Graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate. The campus is transforming to better fit the needs of students, faculty, and staff. This summer, a new six-story, 213,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic and research building opened. Construction is underway for a seven-story student center, residence hall, and recreation facility scheduled for completion in December 2016. When not in class, students can participate in more than 60 organizations, fraternities, intramurals, and sports. The College competes in 12 NAIA Division I sports. College alumni practice throughout the nation and in 13 different countries, providing a strong network to assist students with their goals. Additional information is available at