Juan and Esperanza Luna Scholarship

Guadalupe chavez



Guadalupe (Lupe) Chavez is a third-year student pharmacist at the University of Iowa (U of I) College of Pharmacy (COP). Her drive and passion to advocate for her underserved communities during her youth inspired her to pursue opportunities in advocacy with the American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) as a first-year student pharmacist. Learning about the policy process as a delegate during Mid Regional Meetings (MRM) sparked her interest in learning how policy moves the pharmacy profession forward at the state and national level. As Policy Vice President (PVP), she inspired students to pursue active roles with the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA). Lupe also serves on the IPA Professional Affairs Committee. In her role with IPA, she enjoys being the voice for student pharmacists and ensuring that student pharmacists can practice at the top of their license upon graduation.   

Lupe maintains many leadership roles at her college of pharmacy. Outside of APhA-ASP, Lupe serves as the Director of Professional Development for the local Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chapter where she was instrumental in growing the organization by recruiting national pharmacy leaders and entrepreneurs as guest speakers. She supported the establishment of the Healthcare Business Leadership Program, where she serves as the Chief Curriculum Officer to structure fundamental business courses that equip pharmacy students and practitioners with vital business knowledge. Lupe has also served as a charter member and Vice President of Membership for one of the first Toastmasters clubs at a college of pharmacy in the nation. Lupe enjoys using her strengths to elevate and provide opportunities of growth for current and future generations of student pharmacists.   

Applying her leadership and clinical knowledge, Lupe strives to obtain unique opportunities to provide great patient care. Lupe works as a Clinical Pharmacy Intern for Centralized Healthcare Solutions where she provides Chronic Care Management to Medicare patients. She helps conduct research that integrates clinical pharmacists in the health care system. Lupe communicates fluently in both English and Spanish to assist physicians and pharmacists in helping underserved patients reach optimal health outcomes.  

Lupe understands this achievement is not solely her own. She would like to thank her mentors, family, colleagues, and friends who have shaped her into a fearless leader and believed in her greater potential. She is extremely appreciative of all those who continuously provide her with the necessary support and guidance to become the best pharmacy leader she envisions to be.