LLU School of Pharmacy sends mobile vaccine teams to vulnerable neighborhoods in San Bernardino

Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy has received a $20,000 grant to mobilize vaccine teams, delivering COVID-19 vaccines to minority populations living in Southern California. The award was presented during the 26th annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation Scholarship Program, held earlier this month. The NACDS Foundation promotes diversity and innovation in pharmacy education in under-represented populations. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to shed light on the health inequities and disparities that exist in our country and disproportionately affect some of the most at-risk populations facing health threats and limited access to health and wellness — and these upcoming educational initiatives are helping to serve as solutions to these critical issues,” said NACDS Foundation President Sara Roszak. Michael Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP, dean of LLU School of Pharmacy, has played an integral role in establishing clinics in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California state guidelines and says the grant funds will be used to organize interprofessional teams of students, staff, and faculty to administer COVID-19 vaccines in vulnerable communities throughout Southern California. “We anticipate immunizing approximately 100 people per week through these mobile teams; and while this number does not sound significant,…

Probation brings hygiene kits, resources to reentry and at-risk population

FAX TRANSMITTAL In a continued effort to alleviate COVID-19 within the at-risk and reentry population, the San Bernardino County Probation Department distributed another 176 hygiene kits this weekend. Probation Officers also offered housing services and program resources to those in need. On Saturday, Oct. 2, Probation staff contacted probationers living at parks and hotels through the West Valley. Unlike a routine Probation compliance operation, the objective of this event was to distribute hygiene kits, provide resources to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, and improve the overall wellness of probationers who were at-risk or recently released back into the community from prison or jail. “Our goal is to hand out as many enhanced hygiene kits as we can to the at-risk and reentry population. We are very aware of the daily challenges they face and we want them to know that this Probation Department is working with the County to help in every way we can,” Chief Probation Officer Tracy Reece said. The enhanced hygiene kits included a first aid kit, blanket, water, gloves, light sticks, masks, sanitizer, a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, a washcloth, and…