HPU Brings Free OTC Medication and Health Screenings to the Community

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb.16, 2016 – High Point University pharmacy faculty were in the community today distributing free over-the-counter medication and providing health screenings at High Point Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Dr. Robin Cooke (right), assistant professor of ambulatory care at HPU, and Dr. Christina Sherrill (center), assistant professor of clinical sciences at HPU, give community members free over-the-counter medication.

Dr. Robin Cooke (right), assistant professor of ambulatory care at HPU, and Dr. Christina Sherrill (center), assistant professor of clinical sciences at HPU, give community members free over-the-counter medication.

With the help of NC MedAssist, HPU faculty provided at least $80 per person worth of OTC products, including allergy relief, pain relief, indigestion relief, cold medicine, first-aid and vitamins, to hundreds of people in the city of High Point.

“Some over-the-counter medication I can’t afford to pay for,” said community member John Henry. “It is wonderful what they are doing, and it helps me out a lot. I really appreciate all of the help that they are giving us.”

“I am very grateful to be a part of the HPU School of Pharmacy and work with people in the city of High Point who really need our services and health care,” said Dr. Christina Sherrill, assistant professor of clinical sciences. “We look forward to bringing our students into the community as well and training them to be compassionate health care providers.”

As a part of this event, the Triad Food Pantry at Seventh-Day Adventist Church gave food to each community member. This food was packaged by HPU students and their families during the HPU Winter Family Weekend.

Dr. Courtney Bradley, assistant professor of clinical sciences at HPU, takes a community members blood pressure.

Dr. Courtney Bradley, assistant professor of clinical sciences at HPU, takes a community members blood pressure.

“This is an incredible event,” said Beverly Winsted, member of Seventh-Day Adventist Church and retired physician assistant, who helped host the event. “The HPU pharmacy faculty are enthusiastic to be here and are happy to help. We are all here to serve, and I love being able to use my background in medicine to work with these people in the community who really need it.”

 

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