Published on June 11, 2014 by Katie Stripling  
Josh Knight Accepts American Heart Association Award

Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy was recently recognized by the American Heart Association's Power to End Stroke program for its efforts to help gain understanding of the issues of stroke in African Americans and the role individuals play in helping to decrease the devastation of this disease. Associate Professor, Dr. Pilar Murphy and third year pharmacy student Josh Knight accepted the award on behalf of the school. 

Under the direction of McWhorter School of Pharmacy faculty Dr. Dee Dugan and Dr. Pilar Murphy, students worked with patients enrolled in the Check-Change-Control program. Students provided education related to blood pressure control, and encouraged consistent blood pressure monitoring to help reduce the likelihood of strokes.  Students engaged with patients in Birmingham at the local YMCA, and in Perry County with patients who were given home blood pressure monitors.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.