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NACDS Foundation announces inaugural class of Faculty Scholars Program

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation on Thursday announced the 2012-2013 inaugural class for the foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program. 

Launched earlier this year, the Faculty Scholars Program is designed to educate assistant professors from U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy about designing, implementing and publishing community-pharmacy-based patient care research. Educational programming was designed in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, under the leadership of Melissa Somma McGivney.

Five professors of pharmacy have been awarded this year’s inaugural distinction: Kristen DiDonato, PharmD, clinical assistant professor, University of Missouri Kansas City; Ashley Ellis, PharmD, clinical assistant professor, University of Mississippi; Sharon Gatewood, PharmD, assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University; Clark Kebodeaux, PharmD, assistant professor, St. Louis College of Pharmacy; and Lawrence Staubach, MD, MBA, assistant professor, University of Wyoming.

This year’s five recipients were selected from 27 applicants. As participants in the NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars Program, each scholar will participate in advanced educational opportunities through in-person meetings, regular conference calls, individualized mentoring, Web-based lecture material and online discussion forums. The scholars will engage in peer-to-peer review, receiving support from a network of researchers nationwide. They will also be eligible to receive a research grant to launch a community pharmacy-based patient-centered care project.

“This highly accomplished and energetic team of faculty scholars really captures the excitement surrounding this program,” stated NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “The NACDS Foundation created the Faculty Scholars Program with the confidence that this type of research can make a meaningful difference for patients’ lives and public health, and this is an ideal group to live up to those high expectations.”

The first in-person meeting of the accepted scholars will take place at the NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference, to be held August 25 to 28 in Denver.

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Giant-Carlisle sponsors healthy eating event for kids

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — A Giant-Carlisle store in Pennsylvania will sponsor an event to teach kids about healthy eating.

Giant Food Stores, the Ahold USA-owned chain based in Carlisle, Pa., said it would sponsor the "Kid Healthy Ideas Nutrition Express" on Friday morning and again on the morning of Aug. 22 at a store in Camp Hill, Pa.

An in-store nutritionist will teach kids how to make snack mix, breakfasts and healthy desserts, as well as teach them about the dangers of sugary drinks.

"The Kid Healthy Ideas Nutrition Express is a fun and interactive way to learn about proper nutrition and health," the nutritionist, Sylvia Warner, said. "Kids can have fun an drake home a free gift, all while learning more about healthy eating."

Giant-Carlisle also announced the re-opening of five remodeled stores in the Philadelphia area. All of the stores were among the 15 Genuardi’s Family Markets that the company purchased from Philadelphia.

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Take Care Health Systems, University of Notre Dame open on-campus wellness center

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Take Care Health Systems, which is a division of Walgreens, and the University of Notre Dame announced on Thursday the opening of an on-site wellness center on the Notre Dame campus.

The center serves full-time university faculty and staff, their spouses and dependents, and the spouses and children of graduate students.

Notre Dame’s on-campus wellness center reflects the direction many organizations are taking by offering more comprehensive healthcare services for employees and their dependents. Notre Dame currently operates and will continue to operate its health center for students.

“We are excited to work with such a prestigious institution as the University of Notre Dame, which continues to demonstrate a commitment to its communities by moving beyond basic programs to offer a more comprehensive array of health services for faculty, staff and dependents,” stated Peter Hotz, group VP for Walgreens’ health and wellness division. “We are increasingly seeing educational institutions recognizing what many innovative companies have found — namely that by investing in broad worksite health programs, they can expect to see improved patient outcomes, overall savings and happier and more productive employees.”

The Notre Dame Wellness Center serves nearly 12,000 people. The center is more than 7,000 sq. ft. and provides full primary care, urgent care, pharmacy services — including infusion therapy, specialty pharmacy and a drive-through window — lab testing, allergy and flu shots, travel medicine, vaccinations and physical therapy. In addition, the center’s staff works to identify chronic health conditions and provide education on nutrition and exercise to help reduce risk factors. The wellness center’s staff includes a full-time physician, nurse practitioners, a physical therapist, registered nurses, phlebotomists, certified medical assistants and wellness coaches.

Employers are increasingly looking to offer on-site health-and-wellness services, according to a 2011 report from Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. Results published in the report were generated from a survey of 588 employers conducted between November 2010 and January 2011 and showed that 23% of companies currently offer on-site health services and that an additional 12% of companies plan to begin to offer services in 2012.


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