Student Pharmacists Provide Tobacco Use Prevention Education to Elementary School Children: A Pilot Experience
Background and purpose: The purpose of this article is to describe a service learning experience involving tobacco prevention education and to measure the education's effect on the learners' knowledge of tobacco products.
Educational activity and setting: Student pharmacists planned and presented a 40-min tobacco prevention education program using the Tar Wars curriculum to fourth and fifth grade students at three suburban elementary schools in Western Massachusetts. Mean scores on a five-question assessment given to school age children before and after the presentation were compared. A total of 206 elementary school students in ten classrooms participated.
Findings: The average survey score increased from 1.87 on the pre-survey to 3.72 out of a maximum of five on the post-survey (P<0.01).
Discussion and summary: Student pharmacists provided tobacco prevention education to three suburban elementary schools. The children demonstrated an increase in short-term knowledge regarding tobacco use. Tobacco prevention is a unique co-curricular opportunity for student pharmacists to get involved in their community.
Ostroff, J.L., Wolff, M.L., Andros, C., Nemec II, N.C. (2017). Student pharmacists provide tobacco use prevention education to elementary school children: A pilot experience. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 9(5), 869-873. doi: 10.1016/j.cptl.2017.05.007