During the weekend of February 22 - 24, 2019, Howard University College of Pharmacy (HUCOP) Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) Chapter hosted the largest Annual Regional Conference in SNPhA’s 47-year history. We had over 600 conference registrants from 46 Colleges of Pharmacy in Regions I & II. Our conference team worked tirelessly to uphold Howard’s rich history and legacy of Dr. Chauncey Ira Cooper, who was a champion of minority pharmacists, the former HUCOP dean and the founder of SNPhA’s parent organization, National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA). The theme of the conference, “Taste of DC: Providing the Next Chapter of Healthcare”, allowed participants to immerse in the culture of DC though engagements in the city while providing student pharmacists and pharmacists with the resources, training, and networking opportunities they need to improve patient outcomes and propel the profession of pharmacy forward.
Our conference stayed true to SNPhA’s mission of “serving the underserved” through an inaugural conference Service Day where registered attendees volunteered at Adam’s Homeless Day Shelter to provide blood pressure and diabetes screenings, HIV testing, and mental health education. The conference also emphasized the importance of advocacy through an inaugural conference Capitol Hill Day where we educated policymakers on legislation affecting the future of pharmacy such as Provider’s Status. Our keynote speakers for the weekend included our very own Dean Toyin Tofade, former HUCOP Dean and current Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Howard University, Dr. Anthony Wutoh, Pfizer's Chief Patient Officer and Executive Vice President, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, and Trayvon
Martin's mother and Activist, Dr. Sybrina Fulton. We are deeply grateful for the support of HUCOP faculty and students. We also want to thank our sponsors Walmart, CVS, Eli Lily & Company, HUCOP Alumni Association, the Washington DC Pharmacy Association, Kroger, and many more.
Submitted by: Yanet Adere, Howard SNPhA President