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About SNPhA – Asheville

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) is made up of a group of students who are concerned about the profession of pharmacy and healthcare issues in the minority population. For the Asheville campus, our mission is to improve the health and health literacy of the underserved and underprivileged communities here in Western North Carolina. We educate patients on better health practices and increase their awareness and understanding of disease states.

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$50 membership fee

SNPhA: Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I join SNPhA?
    Thank you for your interest in SNPhA. We will be having a booth at the Senate Carnival in August as well as an information session that same month. During our interest meeting, this will be a time to learn more about SNPhA and meet other members. We will send out a membership application link for you to fill out, along with information on how to pay your membership due.
  • How much are dues?
  • What are my responsibilities as a member?
    To be an active member, we require you to earn 8 points per semester by attending general body meetings (GBMs) and patient care/service events held throughout the semester. For those on immersion, 4 points must be earned per semester. Each event will have a point system associated with it. 2 of the points will need to be service related (volunteering, vaccine clinics, etc.).
  • How much of a time commitment is SNPhA?
    We have monthly GBMs during common hour that are 20-30 minutes. Service events can range anywhere from 1.5-3 hours while other events can range from 30 minutes to an hour. It is your choice on how many events you would like to participate in during the semester and we have multiple events throughout each month so that you can plan around your schedule!
  • What happens at SNPhA meetings?
    During the GBMs we will recap events that have happened during the last month and share general announcements for what is to come in the following weeks. We solicit ideas and comments from the general body. We may also have a fun activity planned.
  • How would I benefit from being a part of SNPhA?
    Absolutely! SNPhA members are fun, innovative and are eager to help each other gain the most out of their experience. We thrive to educate students about active participation in national healthcare issues, and empower our student members to develop critical thinking and professional skills. Throughout each school year, we organize several health and non-health related student activities, including habitat for humanity, multiple health screenings and professional talks. We also take part in many local and regional healthcare events. In joining SNPhA, you will have the opportunity to directly apply your pharmacy knowledge into real world practices, and you will have countless opportunities to network with other healthcare professionals and even take on leadership opportunities as a PY1 and on. Furthermore, you will be eligible for SNPhA exclusive scholarships and many exclusive benefits.


  • Steadfast House
  • Veterans Restoration Quarters
  • Volunteering w/ WNCAP
  • Family Day Booth
  • JDRF Walk for Diabetes
  • MAHEC Health Careers Expo
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Beaucoups of Bouquets for Breast Cancer
  • Out of Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention
  • Flu Shot Clinics
  • Homeward Bound
  • Blood Glucose/Blood Pressure Screening
  • Nursing Home/Senior Centers
  • International Potluck
  • Minority Mentorship
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Social Events

We hope to see you at our interest meeting in the fall and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

We have three initiatives that we focus on in Asheville: Mental Health, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), and HIV/AIDS. The events planned by initiative chairs are often education and patient-care based. Please be sure to look out for these events as the semester progresses.

SNPhA Leadership

Erin Valek (

Vice President
Maria Onusko (

Luke Burton (

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Greene Shepherd (


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