Jessica Gonzalez

Chronic Kidney Disease Co-Chair

My name is Jessica, and I am from Fort Worth, TX. I decided pursue my Pharm.D degree at UH College of Pharmacy to branch out of my comfort zone, and to have the opportunity to be close to the Texas Medical Center. My passion for pharmacy arises from the passion of helping others.

I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to join SNPhA’s team as one of the co-chairs for Chronic Kidney Disease. The main purpose of the CKD initiative is to increase awareness of Chronic Kidney Disease. The chronic kidney disease Initiative is a lesser known initiative, but it's truly important since it impacts a significant portion of the population. Additionally, kidney disease is a common complication for individuals with diabetes and high blood pressure. By providing education over kidneys, their significant role in our body, and simple lifestyles that can decrease risk of developing kidney disease we can make a positive impact in the community. We aim to expand our impact on the community by reaching out to the Hispanic community, Vietnamese community by having education material available in these languages. Other goals our initiative is striving for is to provide volunteer opportunities, seminars revolving around the topics of kidneys and organ transplants, and shadowing opportunities with an organ transplant clinical pharmacist.

Why did you choose SNPhA?    I decided to join SNPhA because SNPhA’s goals align with mine. As an incoming P1 my first encounter with SNPhA was during orientation, and it couldn't have been better. During the orientation I had the opportunity to talk to the initiative chairs and the impact that they have had on the community; this encounter sparked my passion. I knew I wanted to be part of an organization that aims to help, educate and positively impact the underserved community. Throughout my first year, I was able to attend multiple health fairs and educational opportunities. In these experiences I was able to first hand see the impact that pharmacy students can have on the community.

Why did you choose SNPhA?

I decided to join SNPhA because SNPhA’s goals align with mine. As an incoming P1 my first encounter with SNPhA was during orientation, and it couldn't have been better. During the orientation I had the opportunity to talk to the initiative chairs and the impact that they have had on the community; this encounter sparked my passion. I knew I wanted to be part of an organization that aims to help, educate and positively impact the underserved community. Throughout my first year, I was able to attend multiple health fairs and educational opportunities. In these experiences I was able to first hand see the impact that pharmacy students can have on the community.

 
Why did you choose SNPhA?    I chose SNPhA because this organization truly highlights the needs of the underserved and, through collaborative effort, is able to actively help the community. There is nothing more satisfying than utilizing all the knowledge and skills we gain in classes and applying it to real patients with real needs. The memories and opportunities we all are able to gain through SNPhA make me extremely excited and moreover, proud to be apart of the #SNPhAm!

Why did you choose SNPhA?

I chose SNPhA because this organization truly highlights the needs of the underserved and, through collaborative effort, is able to actively help the community. There is nothing more satisfying than utilizing all the knowledge and skills we gain in classes and applying it to real patients with real needs. The memories and opportunities we all are able to gain through SNPhA make me extremely excited and moreover, proud to be apart of the #SNPhAm!

Monica Nguyen

Chronic Kidney Disease Co-Chair

Hi! My name is Monica Nguyen and I am a P2 student. I chose the University of Houston College of Pharmacy after being exposed a myriad of wonderful students and alumni while I was here for my undergraduate studies. Outside of SNPhA, I am also an active member of SSHP and Kappa Psi.

This year, SNPhA is changing the Chronic Kidney Disease initiative to become a more transplant oriented initiative. Although this initiative is often overlooked, chronic kidney disease is a direct consequence of other more well known diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, that become more aggressive overtime. When we educate on chronic kidney disease and transplant, we can target populations who already are diagnosed with the aforementioned conditions and make a true intervention in a patient's life. My biggest goal this year as an initiative chair is to spread better awareness of the impact pharmacists are able to make on transplant patients as well as give back to the community. I want to ensure our initiative provides shadowing opportunities with various pharmacists and allows students to be exposed to this specialty. Additionally, I would like to volunteer our time to local transplant organizations. Whether it be through organ donation advocation or assisting transplant families and their families, I know our initiative will make a difference.