The health fair is designed to increase consumers’ awareness of the importance of taking their medication as directed. These student health professionals also will set up stations to provide one-on-one counseling on obesity and how to manage specific chronic conditions -- diabetes, asthma and hypertension. The public is encouraged to attend this free event to for one-on-one medication review.
The health fair is the University of Cincinnati's project for the Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge is a month-long outreach project held in February 2013 to engage interdisciplinary student teams from pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and other health professions to tackle the problem of poor adherence. The teams will be implementing creative solutions and outreach in their communities to raise awareness and improve understanding about medication adherence, using Script Your Future materials. The Challenge, coordinated by the National Consumers League (NCL), America’s pioneer consumer group and the lead organization on the national Script Your Future campaign, is returning to university campuses across the country after a successful first year of student innovation. At the end of the Challenge, select schools or colleges will be recognized nationally for their efforts to improve medication adherence.
With nearly three out of four Americans not taking their medications as directed—which results in serious health consequences, especially for people with chronic diseases—the National Consumers League and its partners in the Script Your Future campaign have committed to a 3-year program to raise awareness of the importance of medication adherence. The Challenge is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation, the American Medical Association (AMA), and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).