Aliyah Cruz is a third year Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is originally from Havelock-Cherry Point, North Carolina, which is a small military base on the coast of North Carolina. It was her experience growing up as a Latinx female in a predominately white, southern, rural town where she learned how diverse the underserved community could really be. Her encounters with socioeconomic poverty and language barriers within her family helped push her towards a path that serviced those that could not receive equitable and holistic healthcare.
Upon entering pharmacy school, Aliyah knew that she wanted to be involved in her community and serve not only the underserved, but also help promote minority healthcare professionals that she did not see growing up. Following this mission, Aliyah quickly joined SNPhA as it highlighted these two pillars in their mission statement. In SNPhA, she was able to quickly find her passion in advocacy and became the delegate for her local chapter, successfully defending two resolutions at the National Convention that year. From there, Aliyah was able to serve as the National Fighting Diabetes Chair, resulting in the highest number of student participants and events for the 2019-2020 year. Her time in this role allowed her to understand how passionate SNPhA members are, and what energy they would need from a national board to continue the amazing work they do on the ground.
Outside of SNPhA, Aliyah works at UNC Health as a Medication History Specialist as well as serves as teaching assistant for two courses at her program. She holds outside leadership positions in the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), where she helps facilitate chronic care management screenings for the Latinx population and homeless community, as well as in Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), where she serves as chapter president.
Aliyah is honored to serve as the National President-Elect for the 2020 – 2021 year. In this role, she hopes to promote chapter bonding both within regions and across regions, as well as implement an advocacy series to allow SNPhA members to be more politically sound and confident leaders in their community. She hopes to utilize her experience on the past board to see Our Journey Continue for a smooth and impactful year.