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Community Dental Clinic

Date: June 16, 2017 7:00 AM – 17, 2017 5:00 PM
Venue: Gannon University

Pharmacy volunteers are needed to help serve in a Community Dental Clinic being held at Gannon University.

The Mom-n-PA dental clinic provides free services to members of the community in need. Pharmacy volunteers are needed to help fill prescriptions and provide patient counseling. Students will be supervised by a licensed pharmacist. Volunteers for other tasks are also welcome.

This event takes place during the day on Friday and Saturday. You can work all day or for a 2-3 hour shift. Please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fOh_8yqZi9mzqMNWu6hrkynxzxRJumlHSDAaJfNRK3M/edit?usp=sharing.

T-shirts for you to wear during the event will be provided.

Please contact Jim Shoemaker (jshoemaker82008@rx.lecom.edu) with any questions.

More information can be found here:

http://www.mom-n-pa.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MomnPaDentalMissions

A Message from Dr. Dunbar:

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you weathered finals week well and that you are used outlets and skills to keep end of semester stress at bay. I wanted to add another to the mix: ANIMALS. This is one of my passions and I do realize this is not for everyone. Research around improved stress management and engagement with animals is very strong. We know they help mitigate the physiological effects of stress and anxiety and help improved mood. Cortisol drops. Heart rate and blood pressure drop. Dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin (the love hormone) get released and make us feel good. Over my 13 years of being involved in animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted crisis response, I have seen beautiful, powerful moments that my dogs have brought. This is something no human can do. They do not make demands of us and offer unconditional acceptance. They also do require us to say anything at all (but are willing to listen to whatever we do say.) Dogs and other animals are also wonderful examples of mindfulness- something we need to cultivate. They are in the moment, unconcerned about the past and not worried about the future. We need to take a lesson. Below there several great links to learn about the benefits of animals in our lives and to just get a cute, furry fix. I encourage you to get some love and cuddles from a four-legged stress reliever this week! (Even if you need to borrow one!) I also just want to remind you we have the Animal-Assisted Student Initiative which can help you learn about this and get you involved in volunteering (with or without a dog.) Let me know if you have any […]

A Message from Dr. Dunbar:

As this semester keeps moving along (at warp speed, right?) I want to take this opportunity to walk you through support resources available to you and how you can (very easily) access them. As you have so many demands on your plates, my aim is to make it as easy as possibly to get find what can help you excel during your time at LECOM. First, in my role as Director of Behavioral Health, I am available to you for consultation and support. This can be around any number of needs you may be experiencing: adjustment concerns, relationship issues, stress management, anxiety, mood, etc. I can also assist you in facilitating referrals to outside resources that can provide confidential services. I can help direct you to providers that are accepting new patients, know their specific areas of expertise, and those who would fit your preferences and needs. You can access me by email, phone, or by showing up at my door. (I am on the 4th floor… A4-358.) My goal is to support you academically and personally and help you be as successful as possible. This is a stressful educational process and environment and I want to help you to get what you need. Rest assured that seeking support or behavioral health services has no impact on your academic or professional progress or standing at LECOM (unless there are concerns about safety, zero tolerance issues, or significant concerns impacting functioning requiring mandated intervention.)
There are also numerous resources that you can utilize outside of LECOM. First is Crisis Services. This is a 24/7/365 service that can be accessed by phone. They have a wide range of offerings that can be provided to you. They are a […]

A Message from Dr. Dunbar:

As this semester keeps moving along (at warp speed, right?) I want to take this opportunity to walk you through support resources available to you and how you can (very easily) access them. As you have so many demands on your plates, my aim is to make it as easy as possibly to get find what can help you excel during your time at LECOM. First, in my role as Director of Behavioral Health, I am available to you for consultation and support. This can be around any number of needs you may be experiencing: adjustment concerns, relationship issues, stress management, anxiety, mood, etc. I can also assist you in facilitating referrals to outside resources that can provide confidential services. I can help direct you to providers that are accepting new patients, know their specific areas of expertise, and those who would fit your preferences and needs. You can access me by email, phone, or by showing up at my door. (I am on the 4th floor… A4-358.) My goal is to support you academically and personally and help you be as successful as possible. This is a stressful educational process and environment and I want to help you to get what you need. Rest assured that seeking support or behavioral health services has no impact on your academic or professional progress or standing at LECOM (unless there are concerns about safety, zero tolerance issues, or significant concerns impacting functioning requiring mandated intervention.)

There are also numerous resources that you can utilize outside of LECOM. First is Crisis Services. This is a 24/7/365 service that can be accessed by phone. They have a wide range of offerings that can be provided to […]

SYF CPFI & CMDA Medication Adherence at Local Churches

First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant (250 W 7th St, Erie, PA 16501) on 2/26 at 9:30am and noon
Sacred Heart Catholic Church (816 W 26th St, Erie, PA 16508) on 3/5 at 10am-noon

We will be having events at 2 local churches, First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant (250 W 7th St, Erie, PA 16501) on 2/26 at 9:30am and noon, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church (816 W 26th St, Erie, PA 16508) on 3/5 at 10am-noon. We will be providing blood pressure screenings, with posters and handouts on Cardiovascular health, Pulmonary health, and Diabetes; we will also have medication wallet cards and vaccination logs available for those who want them.

Please sign up on the google doc below.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1m0YZcktjm1x8yzhTq3uI68CIfJNKJv4kwcQmq2sYIhE/edit?usp=sharing

For more questions, contact Crystal Gleason (CGleason62003@rx.lecom.edu).

SYF Medication Adherence Presentation at Gannon

February 16, 2017 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM, Gannon University

LECOM Ambassadors will be going to Gannon University to present on the importance of medication adherence to Dr. Nick-Dart’s Pharmacology class of future healthcare providers. At the end of the presentation, students will be ask to take the Script Your Future Medication Adherence pledge.  

Monthly Pharmacy SGA Business Meeting

Wednesday February 08, 2017 at 5:15 PM in the Vora Lounge
All students are invited to attend this regularly scheduled meeting.

The following are REQUIRED to attend:

· P1/P2 Executive Board & Class Officers

· President or Representative from each student organization

NOTE: If the President of a student organization is unable to attend, another representative should be designated to attend.

To request business be added to the agenda, please contact SGA Secretary Diem Tran (dtran72020@rx.lecom.edu).

The next SGA meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday March 08, 2017 at 5:15 PM.

APhA and SOMA Health Fair with the Erie Otters

February 11, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 P, Venue: Erie Insurance Arena

APhA and SOMA are hosting a health fair at an Erie Otters hockey game at the Erie Insurance Arena on February 11th from 6-9 pm! The health fair will showcase the initiatives – diabetes awareness, heart health, immunization awareness, drug abuse prevention, and over the counter medication safety. With an added focus to medication adherence, as this is a Script Your Future event. Patients from around the region who attended the game will be reached. All volunteers will recieve a complimentary ticket to get into the arena, the more volunteers the better. Please wear your white coat and dress professionally. Volunteer and help make this event great!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15tPyjKjsS7zVAGrwpXOxnpjU9lGebVestrjNR22xHA8/edit?usp=sharing

A Message from Dr. Dunbar:

I hope the past week has treated you all well and that you were able to use at least some of your weekend to recoup and relax. Last week, I shared about the crucial role sleep plays in our management of stress. This week, it is about another practical concern that impacts our stress- diet and nutrition. It can be very difficult in our world today to make good food choices or at least to have the time to do that. We are also inundated by processed or fast food that is quick, ready, and cheaper. (That being said, I know it is even tougher for you with the schedule that you have to maintain.) This makes it a VERY BIG uphill battle to have good nutrition and use that to our advantage in terms of mental and physical health. We know all of the data. It is good in theory…but much harder to implement in reality. SO, I wanted to provide you some useful information and tools below to help make this easier. Your well-being is MOST IMPORTANT and here is another tool to help in that direction. I wish you a healthy and happy week ahead.
Take care, Dr. Dunbar

http://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/stress-nutrition-diet.html
http://psychcentral.com/lib/beating-stress-through-nutrition/
http://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk/articles/stress.html
http://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk/articles/stress.html
http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/top-iphone-android-apps#1
http://www.foodandnutrition.org/Nutrition-Apps/

Naloxone Certification

February 21, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Lecture Hall D

As many of us have heard, we as a nation are in an opiate epidemic.  As healthcare providers, and future healthcare providers, we will be on the front lines of preventing more deaths from opiate misuse, abuse, and overadherance.  We all hope we never have to use this knowledge, but if we have to, we will know how to properly save a life!

This event being held in conjunction with the Erie County Department of Health, will help prepare future physicians, pharmacsts, dentists and LECOM faculty/staff on proper  administration of naloxone.  AT the end of this 2 hour course, each person will leave with a certification in Naloxone administration.  This event will give you the knowledge and hands on experience with Narcan, the nasal spray, and Evzio, the autoinjector.

In order to know how many people will be in attendance, please put your name on the ‘Google Doc’ below under your correct heading!

Sign Up HERE

For more information, contact Kayla Harvey (kayla.harvey@rx.lecom.edu).