“I am here in honor of Steve,” begins the award presentation by Lieutenant Commander Jerry Zee, PharmD, the Regional Pharmacist from CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service. P3 Student, Steven Elrod is the recipient for the 2013 United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award. The award was established to recognize pharmacy students’ contributions to public health pharmacy practice.

Nominated by Professor Blake Fountain, it really was a no brainer that Steve Elrod was the best candidate for this award: “The nomination letter wrote itself. I’m not a pharmacist, I came as a public health professional. Steve is from Wisconsin, and before he came to Touro, he went to Miami to work with English as a Second Language teens in literacy and helped the fight against childhood obesity. Touro was an awesome match for Steve, and I am so thankful he came here.”

Steve has fostered the creation of many great programs offered by Touro – a partnership with a local school to use their gym for recreational activities and an intramural league within Touro College. Steve has also served as the President for the Pharmacy Student Government Association and has been a part of two global practice experiences in Haiti and India helping underserved communities.

Throughout the curriculum and practice experiences Touro College of Pharmacy students are actively engaged in promoting the public’s health in the Harlem community, the New York City area and internationally. Congratulations go to Steve on his being recognized for his efforts.