Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC)
The purpose of SHAC Pharmacy is to provide high-quality, compassionate care to underserved patients in the Carolina community, and our mission is to become the model of student service learning and a leader in student-led patient care. We offer various opportunities to serve uninsured, underinsured, as well as homeless patients in the area at SHAC Outreach and SHAC Clinic. These opportunities involve conducting blood glucose and blood pressure screenings in the community with SHAC Outreach and working with an interdisciplinary team of medical students to develop your own treatment plans for patients seen at SHAC Clinic.
Engagement with SHAC Pharmacy also involves enrollment in a zero-credit hour service-learning course PHCY700. This pass/fail course is required for all students who wish to volunteer with SHAC Pharmacy programs. This course does not require any time in the classroom; however, students must volunteer at least once each semester and fulfill the volunteer training requirements. PHCY 700 allows students the opportunities to reflect on their experiences of serving underserved patient populations and work towards personal and professional goals throughout their volunteering endeavors.
Organization Website: https://shacpharmacyblog.wordpress.com/?s=pharmacy
SHAC: Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I join SHAC?
SHAC differs from other student organizations in that students do not become “members” of the organization, but rather have the opportunity to start volunteering with SHAC beginning in the spring semester of their PY1 year. There is also a special opportunity called the “SHACternship” through which a selected group of PY1 students can shadow and volunteer at SHAC events starting their first semester of pharmacy school.
- What are my responsibilities as a member?
Students who sign up to volunteer at SHAC Outreach health screening events or the weekly SHAC Clinic have the opportunity to collaborate with students of other health professions and provide care and health maintenance education to underserved patients in our community. Students will need to complete the necessary training in order to volunteer at either SHAC Outreach or SHAC Clinic.
- How much of a time commitment is SHAC?
Students can determine their own level of involvement in SHAC by signing up to volunteer at SHAC Outreach and/or Clinic events of their choosing. Outreach screenings run for approximately 2-3 hours, and Clinic shifts last approximately 5 hours.
- What happens at SHAC meetings?
SHAC Pharmacy hosts “This Month in SHAC” meetings in which we explore various topics, including the challenges of providing care to underserved populations, cultural competence, and current SHAC initiatives and research projects. We also hear from guest speakers and student volunteers who wish to share impactful experiences from SHAC Outreach and Clinic events.
- What would I benefit from being a part of SHAC?
Volunteering through SHAC Pharmacy will allow you the opportunity to positively impact the health and well-being of community members who have limited access to health care and resources. Through SHAC, we have not only the opportunity to develop our own skills in interprofessional collaboration and patient care, but also touch the lives of patients who depend on our services to maintain their health.
SHAC Pharmacy offers not only opportunities to serve underserved patients at SHAC Outreach and Clinic, but also to engage more deeply in these experiences through a service-learning course called PHCY 700. This pass/fail course is required for all students who wish to volunteer with SHAC Pharmacy programs. This course does not require any time in the classroom; however, students must meet the minimum volunteering requirements, attend at least one monthly meeting, and complete a reflection assignment in order to pass the course. PHCY 700 allows students the opportunities to reflect on their experiences of serving underserved patient populations and work towards personal and professional goals through their volunteering endeavors.
- SHAC Outreach screenings (around 2 per month)
- SHAC Clinic (weekly)
- This Month in SHAC meetings (monthly)
- SHACternship program for PY1 students (duration of PY1 year)
- SHAC Interdisciplinary Engagement Fellowship for rising PY3 students (summer)
- Lab Coat Fundraiser with proceeds to larger UNC SHAC organization (fall semester)
- SHAC quality improvement projects (number and type of projects vary each year)
Sahaana Veeravalli, Class of 2024
Margaux Meilhac, Class of 2025
Paula Paseiro, Class of 2024
Aileen Jimenez, Class of 2025
Clinic Coordinators (PY3)
Donna Wesslen, Class of 2024
Kiara Bautista, Class of 2024
Clinic Coordinator (PY2)
Gaith Hajeh, Class of 2025
Bhoomi Parikh, Class of 2025
Jennifer Zhao, Class of 2024
Angela Su, Class of 2025
BTC Representative (PY3)
Kendall Tavares, Class of 2023
MAP Director (PY4)
Jonathan Boucher, Class of 2023
MAP Director (PY3)
Jesse Klus, Class of 2024
Avery Lui, Class of 2025
Melissa Maas, Class of 2024
Mental Health Director
Amira Mustafa, Class of 2024
Mental Health Director-Elect
Hanna Houck, Class of 2025
Dr. Philip Rodgers
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