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COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES HOSTS INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION DAY 1215 Wilbraham Rd. • Springfield, MA 01119 413.796.2300 • healthprofessions@wne.edu

2019–2020

In April, Western New England University hosted approximately 150 students from various health professions to take part in an Interprofessional Education Day in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Interprofessional Collaborative (PV-IPEC). This event, and similar ones held on the same day across western Massachusetts, was designed to educate health professionals to work together across disciplines to create new models of team-based care. The event featured training sessions on the use of Narcan for opioid overdose and an ambulatory care simulation dealing with the treatment of complications from diabetes. Healthcare teams featured students studying to become physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. DR. SHUSEN SUN BRINGS EXPERTISE TO SHANDONG UNIVERSITY IN CHINA

Learn more about news and events at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at

WNE.EDU/PHS

WHAT’S NEW AT THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Dr. Shusen Sun, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, was recently named associate editor of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, and is teaching emergency medicine at Shandong University in China. Each summer the University offers over 100 summer courses at its various colleges, and some of these courses are taught by professors from other countries, such as the US, UK, and Australia. For the past three years, Dr. Sun has been teaching the Advances in Pharmacy course to clinical pharmacy students at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The course has been selected as one of the Top 10 courses from those offered in 2018 at Shandong University. Dr. Sun has also taught at Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

DR. DEBRA LATOUR PARTNERS WITH WPI FOR PROSTHETIC INNOVATION

INTERIM DEAN APPOINTED IN THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Dr. Debra Latour, assistant professor of practice in occupational therapy, has teamed up with Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Dr. Ted Clancy and local prosthetics company Liberating Technologies, Inc. to develop wireless sensors that will improve the performance of prosthetics for people with upper limb amputations. This technology will allow those with limb absences to control and use the wrist and hand on their prosthesis.

Dr. James Knittel, professor of medicinal chemistry, has been named Interim Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Founding Dean Dr. Evan Robison has accepted a Dean position at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Nebraska.

Having a limb absence herself, Dr. Latour is excited about the impact of this work. “The opportunity to work with WPI innovators on cutting-edge technology for a unique population is exciting, and opens up possibilities,” said Latour. An inventor and entrepreneur, Dr. Latour is also one of the individuals featured in the Design Museum-Boston exhibit of “We Design,” which highlights her career story and the impact of her work in design. The exhibit opened in Boston in October, and will later travel to other locations.

Dr. Knittel has been at Western New England University since 2009 and served as the Founding Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences before he was appointed Interim Dean. Before coming to Western New England, he was an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at Rutgers University College of Pharmacy and later moved to the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy where he became a member of the Genome Research Institute. Dr. Knittel has conducted research in the area of peptide hormone structure activity relationships, design of peptidomimetics, and computer assisted drug design. He has received the Rho Chi Faculty Excellence Award three times and the First Professional Year Faculty Excellence Award twice for outstanding teaching.


COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES HOSTS INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION DAY 1215 Wilbraham Rd. • Springfield, MA 01119 413.796.2300 • healthprofessions@wne.edu

2019–2020

In April, Western New England University hosted approximately 150 students from various health professions to take part in an Interprofessional Education Day in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Interprofessional Collaborative (PV-IPEC). This event, and similar ones held on the same day across western Massachusetts, was designed to educate health professionals to work together across disciplines to create new models of team-based care. The event featured training sessions on the use of Narcan for opioid overdose and an ambulatory care simulation dealing with the treatment of complications from diabetes. Healthcare teams featured students studying to become physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. DR. SHUSEN SUN BRINGS EXPERTISE TO SHANDONG UNIVERSITY IN CHINA

Learn more about news and events at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at

WNE.EDU/PHS

WHAT’S NEW AT THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Dr. Shusen Sun, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, was recently named associate editor of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, and is teaching emergency medicine at Shandong University in China. Each summer the University offers over 100 summer courses at its various colleges, and some of these courses are taught by professors from other countries, such as the US, UK, and Australia. For the past three years, Dr. Sun has been teaching the Advances in Pharmacy course to clinical pharmacy students at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The course has been selected as one of the Top 10 courses from those offered in 2018 at Shandong University. Dr. Sun has also taught at Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

DR. DEBRA LATOUR PARTNERS WITH WPI FOR PROSTHETIC INNOVATION

INTERIM DEAN APPOINTED IN THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Dr. Debra Latour, assistant professor of practice in occupational therapy, has teamed up with Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Dr. Ted Clancy and local prosthetics company Liberating Technologies, Inc. to develop wireless sensors that will improve the performance of prosthetics for people with upper limb amputations. This technology will allow those with limb absences to control and use the wrist and hand on their prosthesis.

Dr. James Knittel, professor of medicinal chemistry, has been named Interim Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Founding Dean Dr. Evan Robison has accepted a Dean position at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Nebraska.

Having a limb absence herself, Dr. Latour is excited about the impact of this work. “The opportunity to work with WPI innovators on cutting-edge technology for a unique population is exciting, and opens up possibilities,” said Latour. An inventor and entrepreneur, Dr. Latour is also one of the individuals featured in the Design Museum-Boston exhibit of “We Design,” which highlights her career story and the impact of her work in design. The exhibit opened in Boston in October, and will later travel to other locations.

Dr. Knittel has been at Western New England University since 2009 and served as the Founding Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences before he was appointed Interim Dean. Before coming to Western New England, he was an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at Rutgers University College of Pharmacy and later moved to the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy where he became a member of the Genome Research Institute. Dr. Knittel has conducted research in the area of peptide hormone structure activity relationships, design of peptidomimetics, and computer assisted drug design. He has received the Rho Chi Faculty Excellence Award three times and the First Professional Year Faculty Excellence Award twice for outstanding teaching.


COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES HOSTS INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION DAY 1215 Wilbraham Rd. • Springfield, MA 01119 413.796.2300 • healthprofessions@wne.edu

2019–2020

In April, Western New England University hosted approximately 150 students from various health professions to take part in an Interprofessional Education Day in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Interprofessional Collaborative (PV-IPEC). This event, and similar ones held on the same day across western Massachusetts, was designed to educate health professionals to work together across disciplines to create new models of team-based care. The event featured training sessions on the use of Narcan for opioid overdose and an ambulatory care simulation dealing with the treatment of complications from diabetes. Healthcare teams featured students studying to become physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. DR. SHUSEN SUN BRINGS EXPERTISE TO SHANDONG UNIVERSITY IN CHINA

Learn more about news and events at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at

WNE.EDU/PHS

WHAT’S NEW AT THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Dr. Shusen Sun, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, was recently named associate editor of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, and is teaching emergency medicine at Shandong University in China. Each summer the University offers over 100 summer courses at its various colleges, and some of these courses are taught by professors from other countries, such as the US, UK, and Australia. For the past three years, Dr. Sun has been teaching the Advances in Pharmacy course to clinical pharmacy students at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The course has been selected as one of the Top 10 courses from those offered in 2018 at Shandong University. Dr. Sun has also taught at Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

DR. DEBRA LATOUR PARTNERS WITH WPI FOR PROSTHETIC INNOVATION

INTERIM DEAN APPOINTED IN THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Dr. Debra Latour, assistant professor of practice in occupational therapy, has teamed up with Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Dr. Ted Clancy and local prosthetics company Liberating Technologies, Inc. to develop wireless sensors that will improve the performance of prosthetics for people with upper limb amputations. This technology will allow those with limb absences to control and use the wrist and hand on their prosthesis.

Dr. James Knittel, professor of medicinal chemistry, has been named Interim Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Founding Dean Dr. Evan Robison has accepted a Dean position at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Nebraska.

Having a limb absence herself, Dr. Latour is excited about the impact of this work. “The opportunity to work with WPI innovators on cutting-edge technology for a unique population is exciting, and opens up possibilities,” said Latour. An inventor and entrepreneur, Dr. Latour is also one of the individuals featured in the Design Museum-Boston exhibit of “We Design,” which highlights her career story and the impact of her work in design. The exhibit opened in Boston in October, and will later travel to other locations.

Dr. Knittel has been at Western New England University since 2009 and served as the Founding Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences before he was appointed Interim Dean. Before coming to Western New England, he was an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at Rutgers University College of Pharmacy and later moved to the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy where he became a member of the Genome Research Institute. Dr. Knittel has conducted research in the area of peptide hormone structure activity relationships, design of peptidomimetics, and computer assisted drug design. He has received the Rho Chi Faculty Excellence Award three times and the First Professional Year Faculty Excellence Award twice for outstanding teaching.


WESTERN NEW ENGLAND ESTABLISHES ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS WITH AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGES

GRANT AWARDED FOR POVERTY SIMULATION KIT TO EDUCATE COMMUNITY ON CHALLENGES OF LOW-INCOME LIVING Dr. Melissa Mattison, clinical associate professor of community care and director of interprofessional education, and Dr. Beth Welch, associate dean of academic affairs, have successfully received a grant to offset the cost of purchasing a poverty simulation kit. This simulation kit allows participants to role play the lives of low-income families and view poverty as a reality. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has been collaborating with faculty, staff, and students at Bay Path University, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Westfield State, and UMASS Medical to provide interprofessional education (IPE) experiences in the greater Springfield area surrounding the issue of poverty.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has solidified an articulation agreement with area community colleges for students to transfer into the PharmD program and receive a substantive scholarship. Those schools are Holyoke Community College, Berkshire Community College, and Greenfield Community College.

WILSON HAONG PRESENTS RESEARCH ON CANCER DRUG SALES PY4 student Wilson Haong presented his research study at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in New Orleans. The study is titled “Impact of Clinical and Economic Evidence on Cancer Drug Sales” and is funded by a Gateway to Research Grant from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

SULLIVAN NAMED PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR AT MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Dr. Samantha Sullivan, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine, was named Preceptor of the Year for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Sullivan is a preceptor for the two PGY1 pharmacy residents and WNE Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) students at Mercy Medical Center. She is a member of the internal medicine team which provides care to patients admitted to the respiratory unit, focusing on medication optimization and proper inhaler technique.

Prospective pharmacy students attending these schools must take the 67 credits of prerequisite coursework for the PharmD program, complete their associate’s degree, and apply to the PharmD program at WNE. If accepted, these students are eligible for the PharmD Transfer Distinction Scholarship which is currently awarded at $18,000 per year for two years.

UNIVERSITY AND BIG Y FOODS CONSULTATION AND WELLNESS CENTER RECEIVES SECOND ACCREDITATION The Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Big Y Foods, Inc. Consultation and Wellness Center recently received its second fouryear term of accreditation by the American Association of Diabetes Educators for their Diabetes Self-management Education and Support (DSMES) Program. Since the doors opened in September of 2010, more than 1,500 people with diabetes have received education and care. Dr. Kam Capoccia and Dr. Katelyn Harrison are honored to be members of the Center’s diabetes care team and are privileged to work with Big Y’s healthcare providers. The Consultation and Wellness Center, located in the Big Y on Cooley Street in Springfield, is a true collaboration that benefits the community.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY LEARNERS BROADEN HORIZONS WITH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING Twenty-seven Occupational Therapy students and two Occupational Therapy professors were trained in Mental Health First Aid in the spring by Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Corey Laskey. Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course designed to train people to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY GRADUATE ASSISTANTS CREATE TRAINING VIDEO FOR PRACTICING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST The Occupational Therapy Graduate Assistants created a video titled “Performing Functional Transfers” following a request from a local occupational therapist (OT) who was unable to find any reliable videos online. The local OT plans to use this for caregiver and staff education in her agency to ensure that they are safely caring for their clients. Within the OTD program, the video will be used to educate future OT students.

DR. SETH HOUSMAN BECOMES AMBASSADOR TO PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS’ STAND UP TO SUPERBUGS MOVEMENT Clinical Assistant Professor of Acute Care in the Department of Pharmacy Practice Seth Housman joined a team of people from around the country who travelled to Washington, DC, in March as part of the Stand Up to Superbugs movement to meet with policymakers and members of Congress. These ambassadors are part of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ network of survivors, farmers, doctors, researchers, and others with a personal connection to the issue of antibiotic resistance. They shared their experiences and perspectives to help raise awareness about the growing public health and national security threat posed by drug-resistant bacteria.

CLINTON MATHIAS NAMED DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD WINNER Dr. Clinton Mathias, associate professor of pharmacology, has been named the recipient of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Distinguished Service Award for 2019. Dr. Mathias is being recognized for outstanding service to the immunology community as director of the AAI High School Teachers Summer Research Program in Immunology from 2012 to 2018. This program supports summer research for high school teachers, connecting them with AAI mentors from coast to coast, many of them world-renowned scientists. Teachers emerge from the summer program with curricula based on their research experience they could then implement in the high school classroom.


WESTERN NEW ENGLAND ESTABLISHES ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS WITH AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGES

GRANT AWARDED FOR POVERTY SIMULATION KIT TO EDUCATE COMMUNITY ON CHALLENGES OF LOW-INCOME LIVING Dr. Melissa Mattison, clinical associate professor of community care and director of interprofessional education, and Dr. Beth Welch, associate dean of academic affairs, have successfully received a grant to offset the cost of purchasing a poverty simulation kit. This simulation kit allows participants to role play the lives of low-income families and view poverty as a reality. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has been collaborating with faculty, staff, and students at Bay Path University, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Westfield State, and UMASS Medical to provide interprofessional education (IPE) experiences in the greater Springfield area surrounding the issue of poverty.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has solidified an articulation agreement with area community colleges for students to transfer into the PharmD program and receive a substantive scholarship. Those schools are Holyoke Community College, Berkshire Community College, and Greenfield Community College.

WILSON HAONG PRESENTS RESEARCH ON CANCER DRUG SALES PY4 student Wilson Haong presented his research study at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in New Orleans. The study is titled “Impact of Clinical and Economic Evidence on Cancer Drug Sales” and is funded by a Gateway to Research Grant from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

SULLIVAN NAMED PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR AT MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Dr. Samantha Sullivan, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine, was named Preceptor of the Year for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Sullivan is a preceptor for the two PGY1 pharmacy residents and WNE Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) students at Mercy Medical Center. She is a member of the internal medicine team which provides care to patients admitted to the respiratory unit, focusing on medication optimization and proper inhaler technique.

Prospective pharmacy students attending these schools must take the 67 credits of prerequisite coursework for the PharmD program, complete their associate’s degree, and apply to the PharmD program at WNE. If accepted, these students are eligible for the PharmD Transfer Distinction Scholarship which is currently awarded at $18,000 per year for two years.

UNIVERSITY AND BIG Y FOODS CONSULTATION AND WELLNESS CENTER RECEIVES SECOND ACCREDITATION The Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Big Y Foods, Inc. Consultation and Wellness Center recently received its second fouryear term of accreditation by the American Association of Diabetes Educators for their Diabetes Self-management Education and Support (DSMES) Program. Since the doors opened in September of 2010, more than 1,500 people with diabetes have received education and care. Dr. Kam Capoccia and Dr. Katelyn Harrison are honored to be members of the Center’s diabetes care team and are privileged to work with Big Y’s healthcare providers. The Consultation and Wellness Center, located in the Big Y on Cooley Street in Springfield, is a true collaboration that benefits the community.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY LEARNERS BROADEN HORIZONS WITH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING Twenty-seven Occupational Therapy students and two Occupational Therapy professors were trained in Mental Health First Aid in the spring by Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Corey Laskey. Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course designed to train people to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY GRADUATE ASSISTANTS CREATE TRAINING VIDEO FOR PRACTICING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST The Occupational Therapy Graduate Assistants created a video titled “Performing Functional Transfers” following a request from a local occupational therapist (OT) who was unable to find any reliable videos online. The local OT plans to use this for caregiver and staff education in her agency to ensure that they are safely caring for their clients. Within the OTD program, the video will be used to educate future OT students.

DR. SETH HOUSMAN BECOMES AMBASSADOR TO PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS’ STAND UP TO SUPERBUGS MOVEMENT Clinical Assistant Professor of Acute Care in the Department of Pharmacy Practice Seth Housman joined a team of people from around the country who travelled to Washington, DC, in March as part of the Stand Up to Superbugs movement to meet with policymakers and members of Congress. These ambassadors are part of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ network of survivors, farmers, doctors, researchers, and others with a personal connection to the issue of antibiotic resistance. They shared their experiences and perspectives to help raise awareness about the growing public health and national security threat posed by drug-resistant bacteria.

CLINTON MATHIAS NAMED DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD WINNER Dr. Clinton Mathias, associate professor of pharmacology, has been named the recipient of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Distinguished Service Award for 2019. Dr. Mathias is being recognized for outstanding service to the immunology community as director of the AAI High School Teachers Summer Research Program in Immunology from 2012 to 2018. This program supports summer research for high school teachers, connecting them with AAI mentors from coast to coast, many of them world-renowned scientists. Teachers emerge from the summer program with curricula based on their research experience they could then implement in the high school classroom.


WESTERN NEW ENGLAND ESTABLISHES ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS WITH AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGES

GRANT AWARDED FOR POVERTY SIMULATION KIT TO EDUCATE COMMUNITY ON CHALLENGES OF LOW-INCOME LIVING Dr. Melissa Mattison, clinical associate professor of community care and director of interprofessional education, and Dr. Beth Welch, associate dean of academic affairs, have successfully received a grant to offset the cost of purchasing a poverty simulation kit. This simulation kit allows participants to role play the lives of low-income families and view poverty as a reality. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has been collaborating with faculty, staff, and students at Bay Path University, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Westfield State, and UMASS Medical to provide interprofessional education (IPE) experiences in the greater Springfield area surrounding the issue of poverty.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has solidified an articulation agreement with area community colleges for students to transfer into the PharmD program and receive a substantive scholarship. Those schools are Holyoke Community College, Berkshire Community College, and Greenfield Community College.

WILSON HAONG PRESENTS RESEARCH ON CANCER DRUG SALES PY4 student Wilson Haong presented his research study at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in New Orleans. The study is titled “Impact of Clinical and Economic Evidence on Cancer Drug Sales” and is funded by a Gateway to Research Grant from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

SULLIVAN NAMED PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR AT MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Dr. Samantha Sullivan, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine, was named Preceptor of the Year for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Sullivan is a preceptor for the two PGY1 pharmacy residents and WNE Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) students at Mercy Medical Center. She is a member of the internal medicine team which provides care to patients admitted to the respiratory unit, focusing on medication optimization and proper inhaler technique.

Prospective pharmacy students attending these schools must take the 67 credits of prerequisite coursework for the PharmD program, complete their associate’s degree, and apply to the PharmD program at WNE. If accepted, these students are eligible for the PharmD Transfer Distinction Scholarship which is currently awarded at $18,000 per year for two years.

UNIVERSITY AND BIG Y FOODS CONSULTATION AND WELLNESS CENTER RECEIVES SECOND ACCREDITATION The Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Big Y Foods, Inc. Consultation and Wellness Center recently received its second fouryear term of accreditation by the American Association of Diabetes Educators for their Diabetes Self-management Education and Support (DSMES) Program. Since the doors opened in September of 2010, more than 1,500 people with diabetes have received education and care. Dr. Kam Capoccia and Dr. Katelyn Harrison are honored to be members of the Center’s diabetes care team and are privileged to work with Big Y’s healthcare providers. The Consultation and Wellness Center, located in the Big Y on Cooley Street in Springfield, is a true collaboration that benefits the community.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY LEARNERS BROADEN HORIZONS WITH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING Twenty-seven Occupational Therapy students and two Occupational Therapy professors were trained in Mental Health First Aid in the spring by Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Corey Laskey. Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course designed to train people to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY GRADUATE ASSISTANTS CREATE TRAINING VIDEO FOR PRACTICING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST The Occupational Therapy Graduate Assistants created a video titled “Performing Functional Transfers” following a request from a local occupational therapist (OT) who was unable to find any reliable videos online. The local OT plans to use this for caregiver and staff education in her agency to ensure that they are safely caring for their clients. Within the OTD program, the video will be used to educate future OT students.

DR. SETH HOUSMAN BECOMES AMBASSADOR TO PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS’ STAND UP TO SUPERBUGS MOVEMENT Clinical Assistant Professor of Acute Care in the Department of Pharmacy Practice Seth Housman joined a team of people from around the country who travelled to Washington, DC, in March as part of the Stand Up to Superbugs movement to meet with policymakers and members of Congress. These ambassadors are part of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ network of survivors, farmers, doctors, researchers, and others with a personal connection to the issue of antibiotic resistance. They shared their experiences and perspectives to help raise awareness about the growing public health and national security threat posed by drug-resistant bacteria.

CLINTON MATHIAS NAMED DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD WINNER Dr. Clinton Mathias, associate professor of pharmacology, has been named the recipient of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Distinguished Service Award for 2019. Dr. Mathias is being recognized for outstanding service to the immunology community as director of the AAI High School Teachers Summer Research Program in Immunology from 2012 to 2018. This program supports summer research for high school teachers, connecting them with AAI mentors from coast to coast, many of them world-renowned scientists. Teachers emerge from the summer program with curricula based on their research experience they could then implement in the high school classroom.


WESTERN NEW ENGLAND ESTABLISHES ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS WITH AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGES

GRANT AWARDED FOR POVERTY SIMULATION KIT TO EDUCATE COMMUNITY ON CHALLENGES OF LOW-INCOME LIVING Dr. Melissa Mattison, clinical associate professor of community care and director of interprofessional education, and Dr. Beth Welch, associate dean of academic affairs, have successfully received a grant to offset the cost of purchasing a poverty simulation kit. This simulation kit allows participants to role play the lives of low-income families and view poverty as a reality. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has been collaborating with faculty, staff, and students at Bay Path University, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Westfield State, and UMASS Medical to provide interprofessional education (IPE) experiences in the greater Springfield area surrounding the issue of poverty.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has solidified an articulation agreement with area community colleges for students to transfer into the PharmD program and receive a substantive scholarship. Those schools are Holyoke Community College, Berkshire Community College, and Greenfield Community College.

WILSON HAONG PRESENTS RESEARCH ON CANCER DRUG SALES PY4 student Wilson Haong presented his research study at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in New Orleans. The study is titled “Impact of Clinical and Economic Evidence on Cancer Drug Sales” and is funded by a Gateway to Research Grant from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

SULLIVAN NAMED PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR AT MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Dr. Samantha Sullivan, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine, was named Preceptor of the Year for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Sullivan is a preceptor for the two PGY1 pharmacy residents and WNE Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) students at Mercy Medical Center. She is a member of the internal medicine team which provides care to patients admitted to the respiratory unit, focusing on medication optimization and proper inhaler technique.

Prospective pharmacy students attending these schools must take the 67 credits of prerequisite coursework for the PharmD program, complete their associate’s degree, and apply to the PharmD program at WNE. If accepted, these students are eligible for the PharmD Transfer Distinction Scholarship which is currently awarded at $18,000 per year for two years.

UNIVERSITY AND BIG Y FOODS CONSULTATION AND WELLNESS CENTER RECEIVES SECOND ACCREDITATION The Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Big Y Foods, Inc. Consultation and Wellness Center recently received its second fouryear term of accreditation by the American Association of Diabetes Educators for their Diabetes Self-management Education and Support (DSMES) Program. Since the doors opened in September of 2010, more than 1,500 people with diabetes have received education and care. Dr. Kam Capoccia and Dr. Katelyn Harrison are honored to be members of the Center’s diabetes care team and are privileged to work with Big Y’s healthcare providers. The Consultation and Wellness Center, located in the Big Y on Cooley Street in Springfield, is a true collaboration that benefits the community.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY LEARNERS BROADEN HORIZONS WITH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING Twenty-seven Occupational Therapy students and two Occupational Therapy professors were trained in Mental Health First Aid in the spring by Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Corey Laskey. Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course designed to train people to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY GRADUATE ASSISTANTS CREATE TRAINING VIDEO FOR PRACTICING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST The Occupational Therapy Graduate Assistants created a video titled “Performing Functional Transfers” following a request from a local occupational therapist (OT) who was unable to find any reliable videos online. The local OT plans to use this for caregiver and staff education in her agency to ensure that they are safely caring for their clients. Within the OTD program, the video will be used to educate future OT students.

DR. SETH HOUSMAN BECOMES AMBASSADOR TO PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS’ STAND UP TO SUPERBUGS MOVEMENT Clinical Assistant Professor of Acute Care in the Department of Pharmacy Practice Seth Housman joined a team of people from around the country who travelled to Washington, DC, in March as part of the Stand Up to Superbugs movement to meet with policymakers and members of Congress. These ambassadors are part of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ network of survivors, farmers, doctors, researchers, and others with a personal connection to the issue of antibiotic resistance. They shared their experiences and perspectives to help raise awareness about the growing public health and national security threat posed by drug-resistant bacteria.

CLINTON MATHIAS NAMED DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD WINNER Dr. Clinton Mathias, associate professor of pharmacology, has been named the recipient of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Distinguished Service Award for 2019. Dr. Mathias is being recognized for outstanding service to the immunology community as director of the AAI High School Teachers Summer Research Program in Immunology from 2012 to 2018. This program supports summer research for high school teachers, connecting them with AAI mentors from coast to coast, many of them world-renowned scientists. Teachers emerge from the summer program with curricula based on their research experience they could then implement in the high school classroom.


COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES HOSTS INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION DAY 1215 Wilbraham Rd. • Springfield, MA 01119 413.796.2300 • healthprofessions@wne.edu

2019–2020

In April, Western New England University hosted approximately 150 students from various health professions to take part in an Interprofessional Education Day in conjunction with the Pioneer Valley Interprofessional Collaborative (PV-IPEC). This event, and similar ones held on the same day across western Massachusetts, was designed to educate health professionals to work together across disciplines to create new models of team-based care. The event featured training sessions on the use of Narcan for opioid overdose and an ambulatory care simulation dealing with the treatment of complications from diabetes. Healthcare teams featured students studying to become physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. DR. SHUSEN SUN BRINGS EXPERTISE TO SHANDONG UNIVERSITY IN CHINA

Learn more about news and events at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at

WNE.EDU/PHS

WHAT’S NEW AT THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Dr. Shusen Sun, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, was recently named associate editor of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, and is teaching emergency medicine at Shandong University in China. Each summer the University offers over 100 summer courses at its various colleges, and some of these courses are taught by professors from other countries, such as the US, UK, and Australia. For the past three years, Dr. Sun has been teaching the Advances in Pharmacy course to clinical pharmacy students at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The course has been selected as one of the Top 10 courses from those offered in 2018 at Shandong University. Dr. Sun has also taught at Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

DR. DEBRA LATOUR PARTNERS WITH WPI FOR PROSTHETIC INNOVATION

INTERIM DEAN APPOINTED IN THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Dr. Debra Latour, assistant professor of practice in occupational therapy, has teamed up with Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Dr. Ted Clancy and local prosthetics company Liberating Technologies, Inc. to develop wireless sensors that will improve the performance of prosthetics for people with upper limb amputations. This technology will allow those with limb absences to control and use the wrist and hand on their prosthesis.

Dr. James Knittel, professor of medicinal chemistry, has been named Interim Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Founding Dean Dr. Evan Robison has accepted a Dean position at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Nebraska.

Having a limb absence herself, Dr. Latour is excited about the impact of this work. “The opportunity to work with WPI innovators on cutting-edge technology for a unique population is exciting, and opens up possibilities,” said Latour. An inventor and entrepreneur, Dr. Latour is also one of the individuals featured in the Design Museum-Boston exhibit of “We Design,” which highlights her career story and the impact of her work in design. The exhibit opened in Boston in October, and will later travel to other locations.

Dr. Knittel has been at Western New England University since 2009 and served as the Founding Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences before he was appointed Interim Dean. Before coming to Western New England, he was an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at Rutgers University College of Pharmacy and later moved to the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy where he became a member of the Genome Research Institute. Dr. Knittel has conducted research in the area of peptide hormone structure activity relationships, design of peptidomimetics, and computer assisted drug design. He has received the Rho Chi Faculty Excellence Award three times and the First Professional Year Faculty Excellence Award twice for outstanding teaching.

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