The University of Texas chapter of the Academy of Student Pharmacists (UTASP) has captured the inaugural award for an initiative known as Operation Heart. The award was presented during the March annual meeting of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in Seattle.
Operation Heart is a patient care project that is supported by the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists. The program is designed to inform the public about cardiovascular diseases (CVD), the #1 killer of Americans, by promoting lifestyle modifications, providing health screenings, and educating the public about reducing risk factors such as consumption of high fat meals.
The local chapter won the Region VI award. The region encompasses Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri.
Operation Heart activities of the UT chapter are led by Angela Chen and Chris Hernandez, both P2 students. Under their leadership, the local chapter participated in health screening in collaboration with HEB at an American Heart Association (AHA) Walk in October.
Team members created a poster board that highlights risk factors for the development of CVD and ways to reduce it. They also obtained pamphlets and informational brochures from the AHA highlighting CVD to give away to patients.
Sharon Rush, chapter faculty advisor, educated the students on how to screen for and educate patients on CVD.
As part of the college-wide Project Collaborate initiative started by UT-APhA-ASP, team members provide health screenings that include checking blood pressure, blood glucose, total cholesterol, and body mass index.
A total of 25 UT students represented their local chapter in attending the national meeting.