The Impact of Cultural Factors on Mental Health, Health Equity, and Social Determinants of Health

National Suicide Prevention Flyer 2019

75 students from Chicago and Rockford campus attended the first programming for Fall 2019 semester hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Anam did a presentation on The Impact of Cultural Factors on Mental Health, Health Equity, and Social Determinants of Health. Pharmacy students learned more in-depth the inequity in mental health services, barriers to mental health in the United States, and as a pharmacist, how can we address this gap. Stay tuned for future programming by checking out our FB page ( and website.

Thank you UIC Asian Pharmacists AssociationUIC – Illinois Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists, @Muslim Pharmacy Student Association, and CPNP – UIC Student Chapter for co-sponsoring this program!

Dean Sagraves

We celebrated the first Women’s Pharmacy day 2018 with Dean Sagraves. Dean Sagraves presented a talk, “A Shining Example of Women in Pharmacy: A Conversation with Dean Emerita Rosalie Sagraves.”

Medicine Women flyer

Celebrating the Native American Heritage month, a film screening of “Medicine Woman,” America’s first Native doctor breaking barriers of race and gender to heal her traumatized people.

European Ethnic Heritage Day

Pharmacy students celebrating European Ethnic Heritage Day

First in COP ODI history, we dedicated a day in January to celebrate European Ethnic Heritage Day. The collaboration included the following: snacks, music, traditional outfits, artifacts and brochure filled with fun facts about their respective countries.

Interfaith Dialogue

Pharmacy student panelists representing their different cultures and religions

ODI hosted an Interfaith Dialogue with five panelists representing the following religion/philosophy: Islam, Judaism, Catholicism, Middle Eastern Christian, and Buddhism. Panelists shared the historical facts about the religion/philosophy, why they practice and the intersection of their religion/philosophy practicing as a pharmacist.

Black History Month

Dr. Lisa Barnes keynote speech

For Black History Month, Dr. Lisa Barnes was invited to the college as a keynote speaker presenting “Alzheimer Research in African American Population: A Symposium.” Dr. Barnes is a
Alla V. and Solomon Jesmer Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, and a cognitive neuropsychologist in the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Women's History Month

Presentation by Dr. Soliman

In March COP honored the International Women’s Day, UIC College of Pharmacy alumna Dr. Suzanne Soliman was invited to the college to speak about “Women Paving the Way in Pharmacy in the 21st. Century.” Dr. Soliman is the founder of the National Women’s Pharmacy day.

Interpersonal Educational Dialogue, Coffee Talk Series

Students at Coffee Talk

This is a new program, every month designed to bring a smaller group of students to participate in a lively conversation on a contemporary issue in pharmacy. In March, students dialogued on the intersection of pharmacy and global health.

Students discuss students' well-being

In April students discussed mental health awareness, stressors, and impact on student’s wellbeing pursuing pharmacy at COP.