WHO WE ARE
Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) is a pharmacy leadership society established in 1965 by Charlie Thomas, a student at Auburn University. PLS recognizes student leaders for their contributions to the profession of pharmacy and encourages members to continue seeking new ways to improve healthcare. Pitt’s chapter, Beta Delta, was founded in 1993. Every year, our PLS chapter holds a charity auction to raise funds for the Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program (GLPP). Due to COVID-19, we are replacing the auction this year by taking to the internet to continue our efforts to raise funds for the GLPP!
ABOUT OUR PROJECT
The Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy provides pharmacy services to the most vulnerable people in the Pittsburgh region: the homeless, the working poor, the underinsured, and the uninsured. We believe that every single person deserves quality healthcare and medications delivered to them with dignity and respect. It is our duty to make this care available to as many people as possible.
The mission of the Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program for the Underserved is to help reduce healthcare disparities in Pittsburgh by offering free or low-cost medications, medical supplies, and medication therapy management that improves the quality of our patients’ lives and reduces unnecessary emergency room or hospital visits.
- Dispenses over 6,000 prescriptions to patients in need
- Provides medications free of charge approximately valued over $500,000
- Serves approximately 3000 patients at clinics, shelters and drop-in-centers
- Provides over 3,000 volunteer hours through pharmacists and pharmacy students
- Engages over 250 pharmacy students and residents each year
- Hosts the only residency program specifically designed to train pharmacists to work in limited resource settings locally and globally
The GLPP also sees as its mission to ensure that all pharmacy students develop skills to be culturally sensitive, compassionate, humble, and respectful when working with individual patients and communities. Students will value the diversity of their patients and be thoughtful in using limited health resources to ensure high quality patient care. Working with these populations has been integrated into our curriculum through clinical experiences that allow us early exposure to interact and manage the complex conditions for those in which continuity of care is difficult to achieve.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Financial support received through previous years’ live auction has contributed greatly to our ability to provide patients with the best care. Unfortunately due to cancellation of the auction this year, we may have reduced financial support; however, this provides for greater motivation to work harder and develop new ways to gather funds. That is why it is vital for us to adapt and raise money through this campaign page this year in order to replace the funds usually raised from the auction. These funds will go toward the purchase of medications, smoking cessation resources, tools to assist patients manage and monitor their healthcare at home, diagnostic technology, and much more.
With your help, we can continue to provide pharmacy services to the most vulnerable people in the Pittsburgh region: the homeless, the working poor, the underinsured, and the uninsured. The pandemic has left many unemployed and unable to afford their medications among other critical healthcare services. The need for quality healthcare and medication services that are accessible to all is more important than ever. It is vital that we continue to support this cause and help the Pittsburgh community.
We at Pitt Pharmacy are confident that we can overcome the challenges we are facing from COVID-19 setback through support from you. We are dedicated to helping those who are most vulnerable in Pittsburgh and providing them with the care they need, even in times of uncertainty. We kindly ask that you please join us in our efforts to support the Grace Lamsam Pharmacy Program.
Any financial contribution is greatly appreciated and valued. Just $1 helps us toward our goal. If you are unable to financially contribute, please consider helping us reach our goal by sharing this donation page’s link on social media and email.
Thank you for your support and consideration! Together we can support the Pittsburgh community and improve the lives of many.
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