Region V Facilitator
Meron Mezgebe is a fourth year pharmacy student at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. Meron received her Bachelor of Health Sciences with a minor in Health, Aging and Society from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2013. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew-up in Mississauga, a suburb just outside of Toronto. Meron moved to Atlanta for the exciting opportunities that pharmacy school at Mercer University had to offer.
Meron first began her involvement with the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) during her first year of pharmacy school. Her first community service event was Black Pride in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park with the Remember the Ribbon (RTR) committee during the first weeks of pharmacy school. No other organization on Mercer’s campus held a mission of service and generated a lasting bond between its members like SNPhA. Meron served on the Remember the Ribbon committee during her first year, and was elected as the Vice-President for her P2 and P3 years. Through the hard work of its members, Mercer University placed top three chapters both years that Meron served on the executive board.
Meron has also been extensively involved in research endeavors before and during pharmacy school. During the 2017 National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA)/SNPhA National Convention, Meron presented a poster with her colleague Kayla Harris on the perceptions of HIV pre-exposure prophylactic (PrEP) therapy among African-American women. Meron also presented a poster at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 20th and 21st annual meeting, as well as the 2017 Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP) spring meeting. During her P3 year Meron was the Journal Club Coordinator for the Mercer Chapter of GSHP. During her time with GSHP, she facilitated sessions to help students understand and evaluate medical literature, furthermore, she created and executed the first Journal Club Competition for pharmacy students at Mercer University.
Meron is excited and honored to serve as the Region V Facilitator for the 2017-2018 year. Her goals are to build lasting relationships with the members of Region V, increase representation on a national level, and to create innovative programs that provide all members an opportunity to grow as healthcare professionals. She aims to use available resources and alumni to assist in the development of new chapters in Region V and continue to strengthen the membership of existing chapters. She hopes to encourage others to find their drive and passion for service and empower her team in Region V to pursue leadership positions within the organization. Finally, she is committed to helping all members find their place in this extraordinary organization as we strive to #ConnectThePIECES.