R.I. Statehouse to become healthier place
thanks to URI's College of Pharmacy
University's Pharmacy Outreach Program to hold
Health Fair March 29
KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 21, 2000 -- It's no secret that debates in the
Rhode Island State House often get people's blood boiling and their hearts
racing. However, on Wednesday, March 29 from 1 to 5 p.m., the Statehouse
will become a healthier place thanks to the University of Rhode Island's
Pharmacy Outreach Program.
URI pharmacists and doctor of pharmacy students will conduct the first
State House Health Fair in the Statehouse Rotunda. Legislators, members
of the executive branch, and staff workers will be able to experience what
URI's Pharmacy Outreach programs offer to 8,000 Rhode Islanders each year.
The pharmacists and students will conduct blood pressure, cholesterol
and diabetes screenings, and provide information on prescription drugs and
natural herb remedies. They will also be available for medical and health
"We're doing this to show the legislators the scope of URI's programs
in the fields of health maintenance and health education," said Bill
Beaulieu, URI pharmacy faculty member and coordinator of the event. "We
are very proud of the services the University offers. We wanted to bring
them directly to the people who play such a pivotal role in making sure
our state has the finest in health care.
"The thousands of people we serve through our Medication Information
Hotline, internationally known Brown Bag Prescription Program for the Elderly
and our Medication for the Needy program are well aware of the excellence
of URI's pharmacy programs. We also want to make sure our legislators are
familiar with the breadth and importance of these programs in the health
of many of our residents."
For further information, call 1-800-215-9001 or log on to the website
For Further Information: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116