November 4, 2014

The Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS) Health Fair was held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 in Detroit.

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy's Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chapter collaborated with Wayne State University's SNPhA chapter to educate residents about diabetes, HIV/AIDS, asthma, healthy lifestyles, smoking cessation, and medication management. Services provided included blood glucose screenings, blood pressure (BP) readings, and body mass index (BMI) calculations.

Immunizations were provided to the residents through Alana's Foundation, whose mission is to educate the public about the importance of yearly influenza vaccinations and in doing so, increase vaccination rates. Their goal is to provide convenient and affordable flu vaccination options, as well as provide support for families that have lost a child.

"This event exemplifies our focus on quality and impactful events. We touched a population that does not get adequate care and attention. Any impact that we make is that much more meaningful. Separate from the services we provided to the residents, we have the opportunity to collaborate and interact with another school's SNPhA chapter and an outside organization. It is always a learning opportunity when you work with others that have had different experiences while working towards a common goal," states David Dadiomov, PharmD'16, president of the SNPhA chapter at the U-M College of Pharmacy. 

See photos on our Facebook page from last year's COTS Health Fair, which was held on October 26, 2013.