Gemoules Accepted to Paul Ambrose Scholars Program
Published on 30 April 2021
University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis P2 student Madeline Gemoules has been chosen as one of 33 health professions students from across the U.S. to take part in the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program.
The program, which is sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, prepares public health and clinical health professions students to promote change and be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level.
Each year, as part of the program, students commit their time and efforts to improving health within their communities through the planning and implementation of a community-based project. Work accomplished through the program is designed to help students cultivate leadership and organizational skills in public health education outside of the classroom.
Gemoules will be working with the Rockwood School District’s Community Partners in Prevention (CPiP) organization which provides leadership, education and resources to prevent and address substance use among youth in Eureka, Missouri and surrounding communities.
“Before attending pharmacy school, I spent several years working with Mercy Health System’s community health and access department at Mercy Hospital Jefferson helping with their community health needs assessment and examining the issues surrounding opioid abuse and drug misuse in Jefferson County, Missouri, and there I got to collaborate a lot with the clinical pharmacy team,” Gemoules said. “That experience sparked my interest in pursuing a career in pharmacy and community health, and when I learned about the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program, I knew I had to apply because it was such a perfect opportunity to gain additional experiences in public health.”
Gemoules plans to implement a youth and parent community substance abuse education and prevention campaign within middle and high schools in the Rockwood School District during the 2021-22 academic year, in an effort to educate students on the risks associated with using someone else's prescription drugs, change perceptions related to misusing prescription drugs and reduce the number of adolescents that misuse prescription drugs.
Amy Tiemeier, B.S. ’01, Pharm.D. ’02, BCPS, director of community partnerships and associate director of experiential education, and associate professor of pharmacy practice at UHSP, will serve as Gemoules’ faculty mentor, helping to guide her in the development of her project in collaboration with the Rockwood CPiP team.
“Madeline is very passionate about public health and the topic of drug misuse and abuse,” Tiemeier said. “The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program will give her real-world, hands-on experience in implementing a community-based project and education resources. She will also get great experience in data collection and monitoring, and evaluating success. This will all be very helpful for her as she works to pursue her future career goals in public health and pharmacy.”
Gemoules will officially kick off her work with the Paul Ambrose Scholars program this June during a virtual student leadership symposium, where she will refine her project scope and goals alongside fellow Paul Ambrose Scholars. Her work with the program will continue throughout the 2021-22 academic year.
“I think that pharmacists are uniquely equipped to handle tough public health issues, and my hope is that my work with the Paul Ambrose Scholars program will help me sharpen my own skills and understand the many ways public health issues can best be tackled,” Gemoules said. “I also look forward to the many new opportunities and connections the program will provide for the future.”