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ISU-Meridian and Pocatello student pharmacists win grant for community outreach efforts

February, 24, 2014

Idaho State University College of Pharmacy’s nationally recognized community outreach programs have another award to add to the list—a $1,500 Powering Tomorrow Grant from Idaho Power.

The college’s student pharmacy organization is among 32 schools, universities and nonprofits in Idaho and Oregon to receive the grant, which recognizes innovative educational programs and community initiatives. 
“We are thrilled. The money is critical to our outreach programs which are funded through student fundraising activities,” said pharmacy student James Lufkin.

ISU’s student pharmacy outreach programs—which served more than 13,000 Idahoans in 2013—have garnered national and regional awards for innovative and comprehensive approaches to health care and consumer education.

Meridian and Pocatello pharmacy students vaccinated 5,300 patients for influenza, meningitis and pneumococcal disease last year. They screened thousands of Idahoans for heart disease and diabetes and educated the public about drug abuse and how to safely dispose of old medications. With help from poison prevention mascot, Mr. Yuk, they taught hundreds of school children about the dangers of ingesting unidentified substances and what to do in emergencies.

This is the fourth year of the Powering Tomorrow Grant program. Applicants apply via Idaho Power’s Facebook page and readers vote. Idaho Power considers the number of votes cast and an applicant’s merits. For a list of 2014 grant recipients, go to