Cincinnati Pharmacy Newsletter

Dean's Message

Pam Heaton

Pam Heaton

Welcome to the Summer 2022 edition of Cincinnati Pharmacy!

As I kicked off the spring, I joined several colleagues from around the country at the APhA and AACP national meetings. It was a joy to be together again for the first time since the pandemic and was especially inspiring to see so many students attend — some attending a national meeting for the first time.  

While the university continues to acknowledge leaders across the campuses, three of our faculty received UC Dean’s Faculty Awards. In addition, UC alum and Kroger’s current manager of clinical operations Brenda Barnes received the UNDER 40 Award, along with several CoP students who placed first in the 2022 Innovative Pharmacy Business Plan Competition — all recognized by the Ohio Pharmacists Association.

While many of our faculty continue to secure research grants, direct new virtual pharmacy courses, or create underrepresented pharmacy student learning opportunities, several others are making an impact in our local and national news.

Dan Arendt continues to make news with his research into the history and current state of the U.S. drug policy and its ties to systemic racism, as well as the medical uses of fentanyl. Mike Hegener and Tim Phoenix were consulted by major news outlets about their research on pediatric brain cancer and the many ways pharmacists assist patients beyond filling prescriptions, respectively. And Jill Boone sat down with Channel 12 news to discuss the value of pharmacists as frontline workers during the pandemic and the ongoing staffing shortages in pharmacies. Thank you to our faculty who continually put a spotlight on our community impact!

And, speaking of spotlight, congratulations to Kroger Health who recently won the 2022 Immunization Champion Award, given by the American Pharmacists Association. This award recognizes individuals and organizations around the country who have made extraordinary contributions toward improved vaccination rates within their communities. Based on their impact, collaboration, originality and overcoming challenges and creating opportunities for pharmacists, this national award helps shine a light on UC’s ongoing valuable students and faculty who affect change in our communities. Way to go Kroger and UC CoP!

The pride in our students seems to grow with each and every year. While pharmacy students continue to shine a light on their work through their research and conference posters, post doc student Nitin Kamble received first place for her poster at the research retreat hosted by the UC Cancer Center at Nippert Stadium in May. 

To say goodbye to many of these students is bittersweet to say the least but the spring hooding and recognition ceremony for the graduating class of 2022 was held in person again in UC’s Fifth Third Arena. What a spectacular day and way to appreciate being together with our faculty, staff, students and families as we once again celebrated graduation. I wish our graduates my very best as they pave amazing paths toward their future success!

Pan Heaton

BSPharm, PhD, FAPhA

Interim Dean and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration Sciences

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