Wilkes University


Opportunity to nominate a student for the United States Public Health Service Award

We have the opportunity to nominate 1 student for a prestigious 2017 United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award. Below are the criteria, please take special note of the criteria. If you have a student you would like to nominate, please your nomination to Dr. Shah at vicky.shah@wilkes.edu by January 27th describing why you think the student should be nominated by the School of Pharmacy. The nomination narrative must be no longer than two typed pages, single spaced and no smaller font than 12. (Do not send letters of recommendation, CVs, or other supporting materials). This information will be shared this information with the Scholarship and Awards Subcommittee of Student Affairs who will review the nominations and will make the final selection of the student be nominated for the award. Please note that the nominator will need to be involved in taking a primary role in completing the nomination form if your nominee is the student to represent Wilkes. This process will need to be completed immediately following the final nomination selection.

A student may be nominated by self-submitting, through a pharmacy club, a faculty member, advisor or staff member.



Nominations must be reviewed competitively by the Dean or School Awards Committee and we will only be able to select one student. Nominations should be evaluated to determine the extent to which the student demonstrated the following:

Nominations should be evaluated to determine the extent to which the student demonstrated excellence and dedication to one or more of the following achievements while enrolled in pharmacy school:

   1. Develop, implement, or modify an existing program that advances the overarching goals and achieve the objectives of "Healthy People 2020.1" The                goals of Healthy People 2020 are:
           • Attain high quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
           • Achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups.
           • Create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.
           • Promote quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages.

Examples include programs that educate patients about a specific disease or to promote healthy lifestyle choices such as providing clinical preventative services (e.g. access to healthcare, screening for chronic diseases), immunization delivery and infectious diseases prevention, sexually transmitted disease education, HIV education, treatment, and prevention, and oral health prevention (e.g. collaboration with dentists, fluoride treatment).

    2. Develop, Implement, or modify an existing program that addresses the priorities of the "National Prevention Strategy2":

              • Tobacco Free Living
              • Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use
              • Healthy Eating
              • Active Living
              • Injury and Violence Free Living
              • Reproductive and Sexual Health
              • Mental and Emotional Well-Being

     3. Contributions of time, talents, or energy towards emerging or current public health issues
             (e.g. Zika virus or opioid epidemic).

     4. Contributions of time, talents, or energy in voluntary health related service by directly or indirectly helping individuals in need through work in civic,                  community, or humanitarian activities. Examples could be serving in an inner-city health clinic or renovation of a health clinic in a medically                            underserved area.

Julie L Olenak, PharmD
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, School of Pharmacy
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Clinical Pharmacist, Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
84 W. South St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Phone: 570-408-4288
Fax: 570-408-7729
E-mail: julie.olenak@wilkes.edu