2024 Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge awards six winners across four categories

May 23, 2024

Media contact: National Consumers League – Melody Merin, melodym@nclnet.org, 202-207-2831

The thirteenth annual Script Your Future contest saw participation by 16 schools in 9 states and DC and directly communicating with over 12,000 patients nationwide.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Consumers League (NCL) and its partners announced the winners of the thirteenth annual Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge, a competition designed to engage pharmacy students and faculty across the nation by encouraging teams to develop creative initiatives to raise public awareness about the importance of medication adherence, vaccine confidence, and safe drug disposal, among other topics.

This year, NCL saw not only a robust increase in the number of schools of pharmacy participating, but an exciting array of creative solutions to the medication adherence challenges consumers face. All participants focused on greatly increasing their connections with their communities, by focusing on patients underserved by the healthcare system, and with each other, by working closely with other professional groups and key stakeholders. After much deliberation and review, this year’s winners are

  • Saint Joseph’s University,
  • Temple University,
  • University of New Mexico,
  • University of Charleston,
  • High Point University, and
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).

The 2024 Script Your Future Team Challenge is an awareness campaign coordinated by NCL with support from its partners and the Challenge sponsors – Bayer, Eli Lilly, Kenvue, Pfizer, USP, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies Global (ASOP Global), the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Association for Accessible Medicines Biosimilars Council, the Biosimilars Forum, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

This year’s winners, selected from dozens of applications and 16 participating educational institutions, are listed below.

National Award Winner: St. Joseph’s Philadelphia College of Pharmacy – PA

The St. Joseph’s Philadelphia College of Pharmacy team is one of the National Award winners for 2024! During the 2024 Challenge, students on the St. Joseph’s team decided to focus on a theme of “knowledge is key”. Their goal was to help patients learn more about their conditions and improve adherence and have healthcare providers learn more about identifying nonadherence and combatting it. Not only did the St. Joseph’s team collaborate within their community and their campus, but they also broadened their Script Your Future activities beyond their community via a Humanitarian Service-Learning trip to Costa Rica! The St. Joseph’s Philadelphia College of Pharmacy team was able to reach nearly 800 people within their communities, and beyond.

National Award Winner: Temple University School of Pharmacy – PA

Temple University is a long-time participant of the Script Your Future Team Challenge and this is their second time winning the National Award! This year, Temple students at the school of pharmacy not only continued to collaborate with health and community organizations in Philadelphia, including Temple University Hospital and its affiliated clinics, but also focused on meeting their community members where they were by working with grocery stores, libraries and student centers. Temple’s team worked with ShopRite grocery stores and Temple Health to have students fill a gap and provided comprehensive medication review for patients stopping at the Temple Health hub. The team also worked with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to offer free HIV testing to undergraduate students and discuss medication use, adherence and disease stigma. Through their events this Challenge, Temple students reached over 400 community members.

Under-Represented Community Outreach Award Winner: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy – PA

The 2024 Under-Represented Community Outreach Award goes to LECOM for the 2024 Script Your Future Team Challenge. This year, LECOM’s team, over the course of 60 service events, was able to counsel and connect with over 1300 individuals. By working with local officials and other community organizations, LECOM specifically reached out to their community members effected by poverty and disability. Through their partnership with the County Fair organizers and by organizing regular health fairs and several series of regularly scheduled education sessions, LECOM successfully focused on their community members who may not receive adequate care otherwise. This focus on community members who are underrepresented across healthcare or may have harder struggles with engaging with necessary healthcare, was greatly impressive.

Media/Communications Award Winner: High Point University – NC

The first of two Media/Communications Awards for the 2024 Challenge is awarded to High Point University! This year, High Point University hosted ‘surge challenges’ where students completed infographics and videos. These graphics and videos were then used to further educate the public and healthcare professionals about medication adherence and awareness. Additionally, the High Point team, in partnership with the other pharmacy schools across the state, participated in a Flu-be-gone challenge, to see which school administered the most flu vaccines in a specific week. The team was able to administer over 430 flu vaccines across the week through the Flu-be-gone challenge. Through creative, and catchy, communications the High Point University team connected with over 2800 of their community members.

Media/Communications Award Winner: University of Charleston School of Pharmacy – WV

The second of this year’s Media/Communications Awards goes to the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP)! With a decade of submissions, UCSOP has been a long time participate of the Team Challenge. This year, UCSOP, in collaboration with the West Virginian Pharmacists Association, participated in a legislative advocacy day at the state capital. With over 70 UCSOP students, faculty and staff participating, UCSOP spoke with local news and their state elected officials on a number of important bills related to medication adherence and the pharmacist’s role in health and patient care! The team also hosted an Out-of-the-Darkness walk focusing on suicide prevention and manned a booth at the city of Charleston’s Green Chilli Cookoff. Overall, UCSOP’s communication and outreach efforts were creative, impressive and impactful to their community.

Inter-Professional Award Winner: University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy – NM

As a first-year participant, we’re excited to award the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy the Inter-Professional Award for 2024! For their first year, the team at the University of New Mexico was able to work with nearly 30 students from 8 different healthcare programs at the University, including biomedical sciences, population health, occupational and physical therapy programs and many more. We were incredibly impressed with the events and the interprofessional outreach that the team was able to accomplish. Across two events, University of New Mexico was able to engage with 300 community members.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge!

A word from NCL

“Despite the chaos many universities have experienced across the country, it is heartening to see that students and faculty are coming together to collaborate on important issues in their communities. Healthcare generally, and medication adherence specifically, can be a matter of life or death for many consumers. NCL is very proud of the hard work, dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment to community the Script Your Future challenge teams, partners, and supporters continue to exhibit. Congratulations to all of the teams.”  –  NCL Director of Health Policy Robin Strongin

To learn more about Scrip Your Future and the Medication Adherence Challenge, visit Script Your Future  website or contact Sam Sears at samanthas@nclnet.org.


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