Friday, September 19, 2008

Crestview City Council Voted to Transfer Building to FAMU for Health-Related Educational Programs

The City Council of Crestview, Fla. voted to transfer the title of a 39,200 square foot building to Florida A&M University to be used as classroom/laboratory space for health-related educational programs. Pharmacy is a leading candidate for offering a program at this site. Nursing and allied health courses could also be offered from Crestview.

“This effort would help to bring health education to a region of our state which sorely needs programs in areas where there are critical shortages,” said FAMU President James H. Ammons. “Our goal, and our hope, is that local residents trained in the health professions will remain in the area to address some of the health needs in a 12-county area stretching from Leon to Escambia counties.”

Currently, students seeking health education from the area are forced to drive to Tallahassee and many travel to Auburn and Birmingham, Ala.

Students interested in the program will be admitted to FAMU. Lectures will be provided in real-time through video conferencing between the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Tallahassee and the Crestview facility.

The major objective of the Crestview project is that graduates of the program will be able to alleviate the increasing shortage of pharmacists presently being experienced throughout the Florida Panhandle.

Currently, FAMU has existing relationships with many in the healthcare industry. Faculty assigned to the Crestview facility will be able to establish relationships with major health-care systems and community pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and other, which will provide training for students.

FAMU’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals is a leader in attracting millions of dollars for basic science and clinical research and competes nationally to attract industry and federal support for its many research and training endeavors. We fully expect that students and faculty Crestview will be able to participate in this research and be fully engaged in community outreach.

“Once up and running, we fully expect that this branch campus will attract thousands of dollars to be spent in the Crestview area and potentially become its own research center,” said Ammons.

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