Washington State University’s American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter is partnering with local Spokane Public Schools to create the first annual Cougar Rx Innovation Challenge. The goal of this project is to enhance student interest in pharmacy and medicine by providing an opportunity for students to develop their problem solving and innovation skills by addressing a community health need. Participating middle and high school students will partner with student pharmacists to investigate and innovatively solve a public health need in their community. Some topic examples include access to care, depression/anxiety, substance use disorders, immunizations, wellness, prescription and over the counter medications, and poison/overdose prevention.
Groups will meet every two weeks between February and May to collaborate and complete their project. Requirements for this innovation challenge include an essay paper outlining the chosen topic/problem and solution, a visual outlining their project, one material to engage the community and distribute the idea (brochure, infographic, webpage, etc.), and a reflection essay. A panelist of judges will review all participating groups and select winners based on their presentation, level of effort and overall contribution to the community.
By donating today, you are encouraging and helping support adolescents pursue a monetary prize that is directly donated to their school’s STEM program. All student participants will gain clinical, research, and critical thinking skills by working in small ratio teams to solve their innovation challenge. These skills will broaden their scope of understanding within the community and serve as an asset as they strive for success in all aspects of life.
With your donation, we can realize our goal of engaging the next generation of healthcare providers in public health needs, and motivate them to realize their abilities to make a lasting impact on their community. Thank you for your support!