Students Provide Health Screenings at 2023 L.A. Times Festival of Books

Students and preceptors give back to the local community through screenings and education

USC Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students and preceptors volunteered to provide free health screenings at the 2023 L.A. Times Festival of Books, held Sunday, April 23 at the USC University Park Campus. 

Forty-two first-year PharmD students participated in screenings for diabetes, cholesterol and hypertension, along with numerous undergraduate members of the USC Pre-Pharmacy Society who volunteered to serve as Spanish translators.

“I feel proud watching [first-year students] apply their knowledge and skills to the real world,” said Grace Suh, a second-year PharmD student and health fair coordinator for PharmSC Clinic. “Giving back to the local community through free health screenings and patient education is something I am heavily passionate about, and it was rewarding to share the experience with our first-year pharmacy students.”

Danielle Colayco, PharmD ‘08, MS ‘10, distributed more than 700 free copies of her coloring book “Who Is My Pharmacist?” at the Festival of Books. She chatted with festival-goers about the book, which was published in English, Spanish and Tagalog and is designed to introduce children to the role of pharmacists. 

USC Mann at 2023 L.A. Times Festival of Books