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RPHARM Students Present Posters at 22nd Annual Research Day

The Rural Pharmacy (RPHARM) students showcased their Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) Projects during the 22nd Annual Research Day held at the UIC Health Sciences  Campus - Rockford. 

Projects included:

  • Young Minds in Healthcare - Lauren Cunico (RPHARM) & Cameron Overcash (RMED)
  • Increasing Colon Cancer Awareness and Education in Litchfield, IL - Brandon Barringer (RPHARM) & Brock Phillips (RMED)
  • Medication Adherence and Compliance in a Rural Community - Jaime Seiffert (RPHARM) & Abigail Breeze (RMED)
  • Assessing Perceptions of Depression and its Treatment Among Rural Adolescent Populations - Kourtney Newell (RPHARM) & Benjamin Weger (RMED)

Barringer & Phillips’ project on Increasing Colon Cancer Awareness and Education in Litchfield, IL earned the NCRHP Poster Award for Encouraging Excellence in Rural Health.

In the Rural Health Professions (RHP) program, RPHARM and RMED students pair up during their 3rd year and choose a rural community in which to complete their COPC Project. As part of this process, student pairs

  • Complete a community needs assessment
  • Meet with key members of community to discuss projects options
  • Work with their project advisor to determine what study methods should be used

During their 4th year, RHP students are in the community for 18 weeks (RPHARM) or 16 weeks (RMED).  During this time the student pair will start their project and collect and analyze data.  COPC projects can be in the form of:

  • Surveys
  • Education
  • Activities
  • Screenings