2020 Pinnacle Award Recipient: ONU HealthWise
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION-ASSOCIATION-PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
ONU HealthWise is a pharmacist-led, interdisciplinary practice of the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University (ONU). The practice embodies the ONU mission which includes a call to prepare students for “service to their communities” and for academic programs to engage co-curricular programming to complement didactic education. The practice emphasizes the University vision of civic engagement and high-impact learning by strategically seeking community partnerships to “expand opportunities to serve the local communities.”
ONU HealthWise is a unique collaboration of health care services that serve the surrounding community as well as the ONU campus. These health care services include a campus-wide employee/ student health and wellness clinic, rural mobile health clinic, student-led health outreach services, a community pharmacy, a telemedicine call center (the Pharmacy Services Center) and a drug and health information center. The Raabe College of Pharmacy along with the campus student health center and the departments of nursing, exercise physiology, and medical laboratory sciences provide the interdisciplinary workforce needed for successful programming in collaboration with area health departments and agencies. Internally, pharmacy staff and college faculty oversee the different service units and the coordination of services has eliminated duplication of efforts, enhanced the effectiveness of each individual service unit, provided data for demonstrating the improvement of the medication use process, and contributed to research in the area of public health and pharmacy practice, including publications and presentations.