The first nationally recognized pharmacy-based Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), The Capitol City Pharmacy Medical Reserve Corps (CCPMRC) is a group of local volunteers in Washington, D.C. focused on improving the health and safety of their community, and responding in emergency events under the coordinated efforts of local, state, and federal health officials. The poster presented at the 2018 APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition was on the Effectiveness of a University-Based Pharmacy Specific Medical Reserve Corps in Increasing the Pharmacy Personnel’s Knowledge and Willingness to Respond to Public Health Emergencies. Recent natural events have highlighted the increased need for more healthcare professionals to respond to emergencies and pharmacy personnel are often hesitant to get involved in relief efforts, as they oftentimes are unaware of the role they can play. In managing point of dispensing stations for imperative chronic medications, pharmacy personnel can positively impact relief efforts and the work of CCPMRC helps to bring that to the forefront.
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Dr. Kerisa Harriott is a practicing Orthodontist based in Queens and Long Island, New York. Dr. Harriott was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica where she attended Hillel Academy High School on a full academic scholarship. She was then awarded another academic scholarship, which brought her to the US to attend Randolph-Macon in Virginia where she received a B.S. in Chemistry (Cum Laude). Dr. Harriott used her chemistry degree to work as a Junior Scientist at Siemens Diagnostics. Subsequently, she would obtain her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine as an academic scholarship recipient. In the midst of a hectic dental school curriculum, Dr. Harriott was able to participate and would go on to win the Miss Jamaica-US pageant. During her reign, she used her platform to establish the Michael Wesley Harriott Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of her late father.
Dr. Harriott completed a General Practice Residency at LIJ Medical Center (now - Northwell Health) where she was awarded Resident of the year. She practiced briefly as a General Dentist before starting an Orthodontic residency at Stony Brook University. As the first black resident in the Orthodontic program, she excelled and received the Turner Fellowship award. Her passion for philanthropy is demonstrated by participation in several outreach initiatives both locally and overseas that include international dental missions, health fairs and in charity fashion shows, just to name a few. With a deep appreciation for her Jamaican roots, Dr. Harriott is a true cultural ambassador, an avid dancer and a lover of life.
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