Fisher’s “Script Your Future” Team Named Competition Finalist
A team of students and faculty from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy and Wegmans School of Nursing was named a finalist in the “rookie award” category for their participation in the Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge.
The challenge engaged teams of health profession students and faculty to develop creative ideas, events, and initiatives to raise public awareness about the importance of medication adherence. The contest, now in its sixth year, saw participation by 66 health profession schools hosting more than 300 events in 18 states and Puerto Rico, reaching more than 12 million consumers nationwide.
According to the competition judges, Fisher was recognized for the Rookie Award Finalist for their very strong showing in their first year of the challenge. They came in behind the University of the Sciences Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, also a first-time competitor.
“We are very pleased with how much we accomplished in our first year of the Script your Future challenge,” said Dr. Kelly Conn, an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy who was instrumental in the School’s participation in the competition. “There were over 40 faculty and student volunteers from both the School of Pharmacy and School of Nursing working together, and because of that we were able to talk with hundreds of individuals in our community about the importance of medication adherence.”
The Fisher team centered their campaign around “communities within our community,” emphasizing the diverse populations with the local area as well as students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The goal was to provide expansive outreach in the community through events at local YMCAs and the Rochester Public Market that prompted discussions about medication adherence through formal presentations, individual counseling, or both. Additional activities included blood pressure screenings, educational jeopardy and trivia games, educational videos, and question and answer sessions.
Conn noted that the local partner organizations were enthusiastic about the awareness campaign and participation in future challenges looks promising.
“We are keeping that momentum going, and are already making plans for next year,” she said.