MPA | Pharmacy News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 27, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
(517) 377-0232

Michele Cosgrove of Traverse City will be honored with the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Generation Rx Champions Award during the Association’s Annual Convention & Exposition, held Feb. 27-March 1 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

The Generation Rx Champions Award, sponsored by Cardinal Health Foundation, recognizes a pharmacist who has demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention. The award is intended to recognize outstanding efforts within the pharmacy community to raise awareness of this serious public health problem. It is also intended to encourage educational prevention efforts aimed at patients, youth, and other members of the community. The award recipient receives a $500 donation to the charity of his/her choice. This is the first year the award is being presented in Michigan.

Cosgrove is being recognized for educating her community on prevention in areas of unintentional risk through the Risk Watch program. Risk Watch focuses on injury prevention in nine areas of safety: motor vehicle; fire and burn; choking, suffocation and strangulation; falls; firearms injury; bike and pedestrian; water; poison; and winter.

Risk Watch is coalition composed of community professionals who are dedicated to raising awareness among students on prevention in these areas. As a member of the coalition, Cosgrove focuses on teaching poison prevention, including topics like medication safety, to eight elementary schools in the Traverse City area. She visits with these schools once each year, talking with pre-kindergarten through fifth grade classes, and presenting information in age-appropriate segments.

Presentation content includes important safety details to avoid unintended poisonings such as “look-alike” products, including household chemicals, medications and candy. Through her work in the community, Cosgrove and other Risk Watch members strongly believe that they can reduce the number of unintentional childhood injuries in the local area. When she returns to these schools year after year, it’s reassuring for Cosgrove to see the children remember her messages and what to do if a poisoning occurs.

After receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in 2004, Cosgrove practiced for the independent pharmacy Community Drug for five years. She then started working for The Prescription Shop in Traverse City in 2010, which was later purchased by HomeTown Pharmacy, where Cosgrove currently practices as a community pharmacist.

Cosgrove chose to donate to Traverse City at Risk Boxing, a local, nonprofit program founded in 2002 that works with at-risk youth through the school system as an after school program.

Michigan Pharmacists Association, representing the nearly 9,000 pharmacists and 15,000 pharmacy technicians in Michigan, strives to serve members by providing support, advocacy and resources that ultimately improve patient care, safety, health and the practice of pharmacy. For more information, visit www.MichiganPharmacists.org.

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