by Steve Vodhanel
For LLUSP, Redlands Market Night is a community service outreach program where LLU pharmacy students, under supervision of several professors and pharmacists, set up a drug information booth at a farmer's market for the local community. Redlands Market Night brings important information to people of the local community regarding various medications, diabetes information, as well as blood pressure screening in a convenient manner for people on a busy schedule or those without access to quality medical care.
For the first time, Redlands Market Night is experiencing valuable corporate sponsorship from CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart. The corporate sponsorship enables LLU pharmacy students greater outreach opportunities with several events planned during the year. This year’s first Redlands Market Night, held November 18, had students offer drug and health information to well over 100 people of the local community, providing experiential learning to students in as much of a real-life situation of that of a practicing pharmacist.
Redlands Market Night also provides pharmacy students with the opportunity to create valuable relationships throughout the profession of pharmacy. These relationships extend to the patient, other local pharmacists and health professionals, as well as to the corporate entities sponsoring the event. Students attending Redlands Market Night have an opportunity to experience firsthand not only random questions from patients, but also meet many pharmaceutical professionals and corporate personnel that constitute today’s pharmaceutical industry.
LLUSP is extremely grateful to CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart for sponsorship of this experiential learning and community outreach opportunity.
Students, faculty, pharmacists, and corporate personnel at the Redlands Market Night, Nov. 18, 2010.