By Luke Frank

UNM pharmacy students declare October 20 Community Outreach Day

Annual event spurs statewide community service effort to vaccinate, educate

More than 200 UNM College of Pharmacy (COP) students will be at 35 sites in 10 communities across New Mexico Friday, October 20, to provide immunizations and educate the public about prescription drug use, safe over the counter medicine guidance, diabetes and heart disease screenings, poison prevention and more.

Central New Mexico


Rio Rancho

Route 66 Casino

East Mountains

Los Lunas

Southern New Mexico

Las Cruces

Santa Teresa


Eastern New Mexico

Santa Rosa


Community Outreach Day, a student-led effort created in 2012 by two UNM pharmacy students, brings the entire pharmacy student body together every October to provide one massive effort to deliver health information and services to the people of New Mexico. Activities include free immunizations, screenings and educational services to communities throughout the state.

Scheduled every October during American Pharmacist Month, the event exposes students to, and encourages them to participate in, community service, while increasing the public's awareness of the role of pharmacists in health care. In its first year, Community Outreach Day reached 3,142. In 2016, more than 6,800 people through 45 sites in 12 cities in New Mexico benefitted from these free services.


Operation Immunization - Administering Flu Vaccines

Route 66 Casino, ABQ

Palo Duro Senior Center, ABQ

ABQ Publishing, ABQ

Painted Sky Elementary School, ABQ

North Valley Senior Center, ABQ

John Baker Elementary School, ABQ

Molina Headquarters, ABQ

Puesta del Sol Elementary School, Rio Rancho

Lincoln Middle School, Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho Elementary School, Rio Rancho

Shining Stars Elementary School, Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho High School, Rio Rancho

Sandia Vista Elementary School, Rio Rancho

Colinas del Norte Elementary School, Rio Rancho

Cielo Azul Elementary School, Rio Rancho

Mountain View Middle School, Rio Rancho

Rio Communities, Los Lunas

Mesilla Valley Hospice, Las Cruces

Health Screenings - BMI/BP/Blood Glucose/Afib

South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center, ABQ

Islamic Center of New Mexico, ABQ

Mexican Consulate, ABQ

HIV Screenings

UNM Main Campus Student Union Building, ABQ

Stand Together Geriatric Initiative

South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center, ABQ

Human Papillomavirus Education

Grant Middle School, ABQ

Sierra Middle School, Las Cruces

Operation Self-Care

Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, ABQ

Jefferson Middle School, ABQ

Salam Academy, ABQ

Sandia High School, ABQ

Hoover Middle School, ABQ

Desert Ridge Middle School, ABQ

Over the Counter Medication Safety

Truman Middle School, ABQ

Jefferson Middle School, ABQ

Picacho Middle School, Las Cruces

Poison Prevention

SY Jackson Elementary, ABQ

Monte Vista Elementary, ABQ

South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center, ABQ

Mexican Consulate, ABQ

Desert View Elementary, Los Lunas

Riverside Elementary, Santa Teresa

San Antonio Elementary School, Sandia Park

Santa Rosa Elementary School, Santa Rosa

Generation Rx - Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

Manzano High School, ABQ

La Academia Esperanza Charter School, ABQ

Del Norte High School, ABQ

Clovis High School, Clovis

Gadsden High School, Anthony

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Categories: College of Pharmacy, Community Engagement, Education