Community Education




In hopes of creating and supporting a healthier community, APSA student volunteers team-up to discuss topics such as hand washing, STIs, sun safety, smoking cessation, and the role of the pharmacist in the health care system etc. with students of various ages. For a full list and description of available presentations, please see the list below. The majority of presentations are between 40-60 minutes, but can be adjusted to fit class schedules.

If you are interested in having pharmacy students present at your school, please contact Community Education Director Lynnea Schultz. (APSAspeakers@gmail.ca).

If you are a pharmacy student interested in giving a community education presentation, please visit the student resource page.

ELEMENTARY

Smoking: Examines the dangers and risks associated with smoking, providing students with compelling reasons not to start.
Target audience: Grades 2 to 4.
Computer and power point projector required.

Role of the Pharmacist: Examines what a pharmacist does and emphasizes the importance of taking medications properly.
Target audience: Grades 2 to 4.
Computer and power point projector required.

Do Bugs Need Drugs: This interactive presentation teaches students about germs and emphasizes the importance of hand washing. Through the use of an interactive hand washing activity, a song, a skit and a puppet named Bugsy students will learn to improve their hygiene and be introduced to the appropriate use of antibiotics.
Target audience: Kindergarten to grade 3.
Overhead projector required, it is also helpful if there is a sink in the classroom or nearby.

Operation Wash Up: This interactive presentation incorporates various props, a short video featuring the Lab Brats and a hand washing activity to help students understand the basic principles of proper hygiene and disease prevention.
Target audience: Kindergarten to grade 3.
DVD player required, it is also helpful if there is a sink in the classroom or nearby.

Lice Awareness: Teaches students what lice are, how they are spread, how to avoid transmission and what to do if a student becomes infected. This presentation consists of a short power point presentation, a children’s story book and an interactive activity.
Target audience: Kindergarten to grade 3.
Computer and power point projector required.

Kids and Medicine: This is a new presentation developed by the Canadian Pharmacists Association which discusses how medication can help keep children healthy, how to use and store medication safely, and the importance of talking to a pharmacist about medication. It also includes information on how to tell medication from candy and the universally important message of never taking medication (or candy) from strangers.
Target audience: Kindergarten to grade 3.

Operation Allergies: This presentation discusses what an allergy is, the causes, and symptoms. Students learn what they can do to help allergic friends by avoiding foods to which they will react and the steps that should be taken if you are having an allergic reaction such as how using an auto-injector such as the Epi-pen.
Target audience: Grade 3 to 5.
TV and DVD player may be required.

Sun Safety/Skin Cancer Awareness: This is a new presentation from the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation. The Skin Cancer Awareness program focuses on promoting safe sun attitudes and behaviours in Edmonton’s youth. The PowerPoint will present basic scientific information about ultraviolet light and skin cancers. Prevention methods and the ABCDE’s of detection will also be highlighted.
Target audience: Grades 5 and 6.

JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL

Smoking and Smoking Cessation: Examines the dangers and risks associated with smoking, providing students with compelling reasons not to start. This presentation also discusses benefits of quitting smoking and briefly mentions available therapies to help with smoking cessation.

Sun Safety/Skin Cancer Awareness: This is a new presentation from the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation. The Skin Cancer Awareness program focuses on promoting safe sun attitudes and behaviours in Edmonton’s youth. The PowerPoint will present basic scientific information about ultraviolet light and skin cancers. Prevention methods, the ABCDE’s of detection and the dangers of artificial tanning will also be addressed.

Pharmacy as a Profession: Examines the role of the pharmacist and explores the various settings where a pharmacist may choose to work (eg. drug store, hospital, pharmaceutical company, research facility, etc). Information regarding admission requirements for the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta is also provided. This presentation is a good choice for Career Days.

Sexually Transmitted Infections: Explores signs and symptoms as well as long term effects of various STIs. Routes of transmission and prevention are also discussed. This presentation is often administered in high school C.A.L.M courses; it is not equivalent to “sex education” courses as it focuses primarily on STIs. This presentation is usually administered by a mature third or fourth year pharmacy student due to its sensitive nature.

Please contact Community Education Director Lynnea Schultz for any Community Education inquiries or requests (APSAspeakers@gmail.ca).