Creighton pharmacy student Mary Kasl has been selected into the Paul Ambrose Scholar Program.
As a second-year pharmacy student, Kasl applied to the program because she saw it as an opportunity to improve her colorectal cancer screening project with the Heart Ministry Center in Omaha. Ambrose scholarships are awarded to health professional students, like Kasl, who conduct community-based health education projects. The program prepares students to be leaders in public health and exposes them to a pool of public health professionals.
Mentored by Ann Ryan Haddad, PharmD, associate professor in the School of Pharmacy, and Amy Pick, PharmD, BCOP, associate professor of pharmacy sciences, Kasl will research how to best educate clients who receive services from the Heart Ministry Center. Over the next few months, Kasl will develop materials that will teach clients why, when and how to be screened for colorectal cancer. With her project, Kasl hopes to reach all at-risk clients at the center for the underserved. She believes that education and an increased number of screenings could lead to more timely cancer detections and a decrease in mortalities due to late-stage detections.
In addition to developing educational materials, Kasl also wants to train an interprofessional cohort of health care students. She wants to teach them about cancer screening guidelines and how to counsel clients who face health care barriers.
Since 2002, over 600 students have become Ambrose Scholars in the United States. Kasl will attend the Student Leadership Symposium in Savannah, Ga., in the spring as an Ambrose Scholar. She will be among 40 health professional students from across the country, representing both Creighton and the Omaha community.
You can learn more about the 2017 class of scholars here.