October 8, 2014
Nathan Jacobs, P2, is shown teaching the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) technique to students.

On September 30, 2014, several members of American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at the University of Michigan volunteered with Community Action Network (CAN) to provide education regarding exercise and self-treatment of sports injuries to children living in nearby Ann Arbor neighborhoods.

This event, held at CAN’s Bryant Community Center location, is the first of a series of health-related education led by student pharmacists. The program will continue until late March of 2015 and aims to address multiple topics including drug and alcohol use, body image, healthy eating, and overall wellness.

The first event, which focused on the treatment of sprains and strains utilizing RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), how to measure pulse, and the importance of keeping active, was led by PharmD candidates Pauline Kim (P1) and Nathan Jacobs (P2).

APhA-ASP is employing several committees that focus on APhA’s national patient care initiatives, such as Operation Diabetes and Operation Self-Care, to ensure the program’s success. The student organization hopes to continue the CAN partnership annually."

“It is great to work directly with those in the Ann Arbor community to improve both their health and well-being. I am glad to be a part of the second year of this APhA-ASP program and look forward to returning to the Bryant Community Center later this year,” states Jacobs.

The next event in the series, scheduled for October 27, 2014, is aimed to dissuade teens from tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by leading several discussions on the negative impact these substances can inflict on their bodies. Series will also include:

  • November 24, 2014 - Body Image
  • January 26, 2014 - Healthy Eating
  • February 23, 2014 - Overall Wellness
  • March 24, 2014 / March 31, 2014 - Looking Ahead / Careers