Making a Difference: Pacific Community Spotlight – Rho Pi Phi
As students, we are capable and responsible for much more than our own learning and as a community, we can make large differences with the support of one another. The brothers of Rho Pi Phi, a professional international pharmacy fraternity, deserve overdue recognition for their seven-day long medical brigade in Honduras this past summer.
For the past few years, Rho Pi Phi has been teaming up with Global Brigades to make this mission possible. In collaboration with other pre-dental students and the University of London, there were 21 student volunteers, 16 coming from UOP.
Before the trip, brothers worked together to raise funds and donations to buy medication and dental hygienic equipment. They turned their hard work in preparation for the brigade into transformative action by volunteering at clinics and participating in public health projects in Honduras. The student set-up clinic offered dental, medical, and pharmaceutical services.
Allison Mac, a first-time brigader and first year pharmacy student, reflected on the brigade as such: “It was such a pleasure to go with the brothers and Global Brigades. I was able to bond so well with everyone and truly enjoyed serving those communities.” During her trip, she worked in the pharmacy as well as sat in on doctor consultations and dental stations. These experiences at different stations made the trip enjoyable. More importantly, “the trip really showed [her] the importance of accessible healthcare and how we take such service for granted back home.” Being surrounded by passionate people just reinforced her desire to succeed in the healthcare field. It is with mindsets like Allison’s that students can really make a difference in the community by dedicating time and effort to your passions.
-Rho Pi Phi is a professional fraternity dedicated to
friendship, professionalism, and community service, and their work this past summer together is a perfect example of all three pillars and of making a difference in communities beyond our own. We would like to thank the following Rho Pi Phi brothers for serving on this opportunity: Allison Mac, Megan Ong, Amy Lee, Daniel Nguyen, Morgan Sato, Claire Chang, David Mei, Dorothy Fan, Hong Van Nguyen and Duy-Anh Dang.
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