UH Hilo College of Pharmacy hosts community health fair

Student pharmacists and faculty from The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, along with members of other local health and safety organizations, provided free information to the public.

Student in white coat counseling woman at fair.
Jamie Mizusawa, student pharmacist, provides counseling to the public at the 6th annual Health Fair held in Hilo. Photos courtesy of the College of Pharmacy.

October is American Pharmacists Month with the theme “Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine,” and pharmacy students from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo joined the national event by spotlighting pharmacists’ contributions to health care at an informational fair held in Hilo.

The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy presented its sixth annual Health Fair at the Prince Kuhio Plaza on Oct. 11. Student pharmacists and faculty from the college, along with members of other local health and safety organizations, provided free health screenings and other information to the public.

“We are delighted to present our annual event at the mall again this year since it allowed us to reach out and help so many people from all over our community,” said Patricia Uber, co-chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Senator Kahele stands for photo at fair with UH Hilo students.
(l-r) State Sen. Gilbert Kahele, a big supporter of the pharmacy college, stands with Class of 2016 students Josen Ho, David Ung and Miraya Talavera, who were tending a booth at the fair.

Along with the UH Hilo pharmacy college, community health organizations with booths at the fair were A Dream Come True Foundation, AlohaCare, Hawai‘i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation, Senior Medicare Patrol, Hospice of Hilo, HMSA, Hawaiʻi Health Connector, Healthway, Project Vision Hawaiʻi, Senior Medicare Patrol and The Arc of Hilo. Also there to share information was the UH Hilo Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes and Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.

Student pharmacists and faculty did health screenings on blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. There were medication checks, healthy living demonstrations, and informational booths.

Edward Fisher stand with two students for photo at the UH Hilo booth.
(l-r) Edward Fisher, associate dean for academic affairs at the pharmacy college, stands with Class of 2017 students Loc Ngo and Joyce Tapuro at a booth on smoking.
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