service and outreach
Making a difference is one of the most satisfying aspects of a career in health. At University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, giving back to the community has been a part of our DNA since our founding—it is a part of our culture, our curriculum and our student experience.
A Heritage of Community Engagement
For over 155 years, members of the UHSP community have been coming together to participate in a variety of service and outreach activities. From working abroad in the heart of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to helping St. Louisans better understand their medications, everything we do at UHSP is focused on teaching world-class health care professionals how to make a positive impact in their community. Today, UHSP students, faculty, staff and alumni continue to volunteer thousands of hours every year in activities that improve society.
Held in the fall, Founders Day is an annual event honoring the University’s founding in 1864. In the morning, nearly 800 students, staff and faculty volunteer at across the St. Louis area during UHSP C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness Reaching Everyone in St. Louis). Afterward, participants gather on campus to celebrate and recognizing Eutectics past and present.
Outreach and Advocacy
Each spring, hundreds of students, faculty and staff take a day to educate lawmakers and citizens on issues affecting pharmacy and health care, as well as the essential role pharmacists play in community health. For Outreach and Advocacy Day, students conduct outreach events in the St. Louis area. Meanwhile, in honor of Missouri Pharmacy Association’s Legislative Day, other students travel to the state capitol in Jefferson City to lobby legislators about congressional bills affecting the profession of pharmacy.
Throughout the year, students provide free diabetes, blood pressure and bone density screenings at Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Science Center and over a dozen local pharmacies.