Chair: Blake Holland
APhA-ASP encourages participants to continually increase community awareness of immunization information and advise patients on where they can obtain the proper immunizations year-round. This program is an immunization education campaign designed to increase the public's knowledge of immunizations while raising the number of adults receiving immunizations.
Originally from Calhoun, Georgia, Blake received a Masters of Science in Biology from the University of West Georgia in 2011. He believed his career path was destined for environmental biology until he took a summer job at a local independent pharmacy. From that point on, everything changed. Blake started as a delivery driver but quickly took on new responsibilities as a technician and lead compounding technician. After igniting a passion for patient care in an independent pharmacy setting, the decision was made to join the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy class of 2017. On the rare occasion that a weekend isn't being used for studying, Blake likes to escape the city for whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, or snow skiing.
• Organized clinics to provide influenza vaccinations for College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine, and other ETSU students, faculty and staff.
• Provided information and vaccine education to members of the community during various patient care outreach events held throughout the year.
• Educated patients attending APhA-ASP Operation Diabetes information sessions on important vaccinations for diabetic patients.
The Committee's future projects aim to provide travel vaccines to groups of international aid workers or missionaries and to compile information for the community on the benefits and importance of vaccines at preventing certain diseases that are beginning to resurface as a result of misinformation regarding vaccines and the subsequently lower vaccination rates.