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UTech, Jamaica: 5th Annual Grace Allen Young Memorial Lecture a Success November 29, 2016

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Dr. Patrice Charles, Deputy Executive Director, National Integrity Action (NIA) making a point during her presentation at the 5th Annual Grace Allen Young Memorial Lecture hosted by the College of Health, Sciences in collaboration with the UTech, Ja. Pharmacy Alumni Association (UPA) and the Caribbean Institute of Pharmacy Policy, Practice and Research (CIPPPAR) on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the UTech, Ja. Papine campus. 

On Sunday, November 20, 2016 the College of Health Sciences (COHS), University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) in collaboration with the UTech, Ja. Pharmacy Alumni Association (UPA) and the Caribbean Institute of Pharmacy Policy, Practice and Research (CIPPPAR) hosted the annual   Grace Allen Young Memorial Lecturer under the theme, “Ethics Confounded:  A Threat to Public Health and Safety” at the UTech, Ja. Papine campus.   The event also served as a fund raiser in aid of the School of Pharmacy’s Student Support Initiative.

Guest lecturer, Dr. Patrice Charles, Deputy Executive Director, National Integrity Action (NIA), called for the Jamaican health system to end second-class care for Jamaicans in the face of preferential care for the “well-connected.”  “We all have seen it,” she said, “when some people are waiting for hours to be seen and a very important person is given preferential attention.”  Addressing a reference to a recent incident in which a woman delivered baby on the side walk after not being able to access the health system, Dr. Charles noted further that “things are bad when, according to the most recent Bill Johnson poll, twenty two per cent (22%) of Jamaicans report that because they are not wealthy, they are treated like animals in the public health system.” .   Dr. Charles urged pharmacists to avoid immoral choices that border on corruption and asked them to follow the example set by the late Dr. Grace Allen Young, Pharmacist and former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health.

Pharmacy students benefit from 400,000 dollars in donations and grants

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Dr. Andrea Daley (left), Acting Head, School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences presents a cheque to scholarship awardee and Pharmacy student Paviel Forbes at the annual Grace Allen Young Memorial Lecture.

 

The 2016 Memorial Lecture produced a boon for the School of Pharmacy. Jamaican alumni handed over Three Hundred Thousand (JA $300,000) dollars to the School to establish an investment account and the interest used to assist high performing needy students with payment for meals, transportation or accommodation on a one-time basis. The fund will also be used to assist with tuition fees.  Pharmacist, Ms. Sherene  Dawkins of Goodwill Pharmacy in Papine donated One Hundred Thousand dollars (J$100,000) on hearing of the plight of an excellent  Pharmacy student mentioned at the event by Dr. Andrea Daley, Acting Head, School of Pharmacy, UTech, Ja.

The “Janadian “ Pharmacy alumni pledged an annual  book grant of Five Hundred Canadian dollars (C$500)  to a student who is pursuing his/her passion for Pharmacy and who has a GPA of 3.0 and over. The first awardee of the grant is Pharmacy student, Miss Paviell Forbes.  The five ‘Canadian” pharmacists who initiated the award are  Shameka Wright, Dianery Pagon, Diedre Rodney, Joseph Laing and Yolande White. Pharmacist Wright, in her note to the gathering wrote, “I work in a team in Canada with six (6) pharmacists from six (6) different pharmacy schools including one Canadian. I know that my critical thinking and the ability to offer alternatives under tremendous pressure are skills honed during my training at the University of Technology, Jamaica.”

The event was hosted by the Caribbean Institute of Pharmacy Policy, Practice and Research (CIPPPAR) and the UTech Pharmacy Alumni (UPA). Present at the event were Dr. Winsome Christie, Chairman, UPA, Dr. Ellen Campbell Grizzle, Chair, CIPPPAR. The Allen and Young families were present. Some of the other pharmacists present included Vivienne Watson, CEO of Pharma Solutions; Leonie Wallace, Pharmacy Council Inspector, Alicia Smith, Inspector, Standards and Regulations Division and Ainsley Jones, President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica. The College of Health Sciences was represented by the Acting Dean, Dr. Janet Campbell-Shelly and Dr. Sean Moncrieffe, Acting Vice-Dean. The School of Pharmacy staff present included Dr. Eugenie Brown Myrie, Yvonne Reid and Novelette Mattis- Robinson.  Pharmacy students attended the event.


Alumni Relations Office
University of Technology, Jamaica
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