Rodis Recognized for Innovative Programming

Jennifer Rodis receives APhA award.Jennifer L. Rodis, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, was recently presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award in Pharmacy Practice from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) for her work with Partner for Promotion (PFP). The award was created to recognize an individual who has developed and/or implemented an innovative, original pharmacy program or service that is significant to their area of practice and was presented to Rodis at the APhA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Now in its twelfth year, PFP is a collaboration of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy faculty and students with community-based and health-system pharmacists to train and mentor students and pharmacists through implementation of sustainable advanced e-patient care services.

The model has been so successful that it has been expanded to six other colleges of pharmacy across the United States.

“It’s exciting that we are impacting communities in and around Ohio State,” said Rodis. “It’s even better that we can bring this longitudinal learning experience to pharmacy students across the country to help raise the level of education while also improving the lives of patients.”

PFP has been recognized previously with honors including the Distinguished Service-Learning Award from The Ohio State University, Innovative Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and a national Merit Award from the American Pharmacists Association.

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Learning Opportunity – Roadmaps to equity: Opportunities for closing health gaps in Central Ohio

At this  regional forum, held in Columbus, stakeholders will learn about Ohio’s overall health status and challenges, as well as health disparities and inequities experienced by minority and other priority populations across the state. Data and information will be shared from the 2017 HPIO Health Value Dashboard and the 2016 State Health Assessment.

Attendees will also learn about actionable, evidence-informed strategies that can be implemented by local health improvement initiatives to reduce health disparities and inequities, and move Ohioans towards health equity. The forum will also feature a facilitated panel discussion on the impact of health disparities and inequities in central Ohio.

*Panelists to be announced
The Roadmaps to equity forum series is held in partnership with the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

Registration begins at 12:30 pm, with program starting at 1:00 pm.

Forum attendance is free of charge.

Campus Medication Disposal Day on April 20th

The Ohio State University Student Health Services (SHS) Pharmacy will hold a Medication Disposal Day on Thursday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wilce Student Health Center, 1875 Millikin Rd. Under the direction of Candace Haugtvedt, RPh, Ph D, Ohio State’s SHS Pharmacy has been hosting Drug Take Back Days since 2011. The event is co-sponsored by Generation Rx, The Ohio State University Police Department and Ohio State’s College of Pharmacy.

Generation Rx Lab at COSI welcomes new assistant director

Cynthia CananThe Generation Rx Lab at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) recently welcomed Cynthia Canan as the new assistant director.

The Lab is an innovative educational experience at COSI run by Canan, lab director Nicole Kwiek, and undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located in the Life exhibit, visitors of all ages can conduct engaging, hands-on experiments as they learn about the science of drugs.

Canan, a two-time graduate of Ohio State, has a passion for teaching others.

“I really love science education,” said Canan. “I did an internship two years ago with the Generation Rx Lab and loved it. It was great to teach the kids, but I really loved teaching the parents too and seeing their face when they learn something new as well.”

Canan received a BS in Biology and Psychology and a PhD in Biomedical Research with a focus in Immunology. Her hometown is Dublin, Ohio.

Visitors of COSI can stop by the Generation Rx Lab in the Life Exhibit on the second floor to meet Canan and her staff and participate in the Daily Shows.

Student Pharmacist​, E. Michael Murphy, Inaugurated as President of National ​Student Pharmacist​ Organization

E. Michael MurphyE. Michael Murphy, a third-year student pharmacist​ at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, was inaugurated as the​ national​ ​p​resident of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP).

“As the APhA-ASP National President I will uphold the values of student pharmacists and promote the mission of APhA-ASP,” said Murphy. “ This will be accomplished by increasing the support structure for student pharmacists, improving patient care through interprofessional collaboration, and advancing the profession globally.”

In addition to his presidential duties, Murphy is active in advocacy to advance the profession of pharmacy.

“Pharmacists and student pharmacists are a support structure for a patient to ensure they receive the most optimal personalized care so that patient can live a happy and fulfilling life. APhA-ASP is a support structure for student pharmacists to ensure they receive the best education, professional growth, and advancement of the profession so that they can be the most knowledgeable and accessible healthcare providers for their community. It is from this viewpoint of the organization that I can see the great benefit to students’ involvement in its activities and programming.”

APhA-ASP is a national organization of student pharmacists that aims to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy. Murphy’s additional leadership roles with APhA-ASP have included the APhA Carl F. Emswiller Summer Internship in Association Management, Region 4 Delegate, Ohio State Chapter President-elect, P1 (First-year) Liaison, and Undergraduate Liaison.

Murphy received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from The Ohio State University and is slated to graduate with his Doctor of Pharmacy in 2018. He is originally from ​Columbus, OH.


The mission of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Office of Outreach and Engagement is to empower the profession and the public to improve medication use and promote knowledge, health, and well-being.

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The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Named Recipient of National Pharmacy Engagement Award

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy has been named as the recipient of the 2017 Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). This accolade is presented annually to one college or school of pharmacy demonstrating a major institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice, and research.

The College of Pharmacy has demonstrated a commitment to improving the health and wellness of our communities, while providing exceptional educational experiences to students since its inception in 1885. Areas of priority for the college include 1) serving vulnerable populations through FQHCs, charitable pharmacies, and free clinics 2) curriculum-based engagement, 3) public education through programs such as Generation Rx, a program to improve safe medication practices, and 4) global pharmacy advancement to impact global populations through programming at home and abroad.

Jennifer Rodis, PharmD, assistant dean for outreach and engagement at the College of Pharmacy, has headed outreach endeavors since 2013.

“We are extremely excited to be recognized for our commitment to improving the health and wellness of people everywhere,” said Rodis. “From local to global, we strive to balance the needs of community health with research and student education to provide a win-win environment for all stakeholders.”

Last year alone at the college:

  • Students provided 9,551 in volunteer service hours, at 130 separate locations that served 37,715 patients
  • Outreach and Engagement activities received over $571,000 in funding
  • 33 Posters, Publications, and Presentations were tied directly to Outreach and Engagement activities

Representatives from the College of Pharmacy will be presented with the award at the AACP Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, in July 2017.


The mission of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Office of Outreach and Engagement is to empower the profession and the public to improve medication use and promote knowledge, health, and well-being.

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New Student Outreach Supervision Policy

A new Student Outreach & Engagement Supervision Policy has been approved. This document helps to guide students on when a preceptor is and is not needed. You can review the document below or it is posted on the Student Documents Webpage. Any questions should be directed to Jennifer Rodis at

Student Outreach & Engagement Supervision Policy (PDF)


Pills, Potions, Poisons Featured in Magazine

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) featured Pills, Potions, and Poisons in their latest publication, The Pharmacologist (see pages 47-49).

The program is currently directed by Drs. Downing and Summers. The deadline to apply for the 2017 program is April 16, 2017.

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Submit posters for 4th Annual Symposium on Preparing Health Professionals to Serve Underserved Populations: Ongoing Opportunities and Lessons Learned

IPEP Call for Proposals

The deadline to submit to the 4th Annual Symposium on Preparing Health Professionals to Serve Underserved Populations: Ongoing Opportunities and Lessons Learned is March 27th.

Download full details here: CallforPosters_OSUIPEP4thSymposium_Final 20170206-2295iys