Published on August 10, 2015 by Katie Stripling 

McWhorter School of Pharmacy’s Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) was recently honored with the 2015 Mid-Sized Chapter of the Year Award at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.  The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate and execute programs to improve the health, educational and social aspects of the community. 

According to McWhorter School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor, Pilar Z. Murphy, SNPhA is the perfect platform for allowing students to put the school’s tagline “Preparing Pharmacists Who Transform Lives” to action because students are actually going out and serving underserved communities.

“My work with SNPhA is making my whole experience at McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Samford University complete,” said pharmacy student Caitlyn Jones. “These events make me more excited to jump out into my field in the future and make a change in not only my life, but in the lives of others,” she added.

In 2014-15, SNPhA participated in more than 35 health fairs and 10 community service projects, providing health services to more than 900 patients. Membership in the organization increased by 54 percent in 2014-15 and students provided more than 250 direct patient contact hours.  

SNPhA hosts a number of events each year, including regular clinics for Equal Access Birmingham and individuals in Perry County, Ala.  They also go out into schools in underprivileged areas and educate students who might not otherwise hear about careers in pharmacy.  To learn more about SNPhA and the other student organizations at McWhorter School of Pharmacy, visit  

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