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October 25, 2012

Pharmacy students demonstrate mission-focused learning at Market Night

Pharmacy students helping at the school's booth at Redlands Market Night on Oct. 11 pose with a popular promotional item--syringe pens.

The Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy demonstrated its ongoing commitment to mission-focused learning opportunities by engaging students in a community outreach program designed to bring medication information and prescription drug facts to the local community.

For several years, many students, faculty and staff from the school have participated in Redlands Market Night. Under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, students operate an information booth where the community can seek advice on medications or obtain other general drug and health information.

According to Brittanya Limone, class of 2015, Market Night is much more than setting up a booth and waiting for questions.

“Health is often not a very popular topic, especially with many of the local residents out for a leisurely walk among the market booths. Often, students must bravely approach passersby to ask if they would be interested in learning more about their health. Most often people are very receptive to any information and service we may offer,” Ms. Limone said.

Giana Hasley, class of 2016, said that Market Night is an example of a key component of the University’s mission.

“The University’s mission is to sustain a culture of service, and I am looking forward to serving the underserved at Market Night using the education and training I am receiving here at Loma Linda University. At Market Night, we are putting learning into service, one life at a time,” Ms. Hasley said.

Students also have drug and health materials on hand for those seeking additional information on myriad health topics--and often this information disappears quickly.

Redlands Market Night is held Thursdays year-round (holidays excepted) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Redlands.

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