Region I Facilitator
Rebekah Placide is a fourth year Pharm.D. Candidate at High Point University Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, located in High Point, North Carolina. Originally from Queens, New York, she spent the majority of her adolescent years inhabiting the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. Rebekah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was actively involved as a Supplemental Instruction Leader and Tutor at the Campus Learning Center, Resident Assistant, and Chapter Historian of the Theta Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Her initial involvement with SNPhA began during her junior year of undergraduate studies. As a member of the Pre-Pharmacy Student Organization, Rebekah was given the opportunity to engage in a mentorship program with SNPhA members at the VCU School of Pharmacy. Through this experience, she gained an appreciation for SNPhA and its mission of catering to underserved and underrepresented populations. As a result, she naturally developed an affinity for the profession of pharmacy and the lack of minority representation in healthcare-related issues. Thus began her journey to obtaining a Pharm.D.
Through numerous volunteer experiences as a student pharmacist, Rebekah was exposed to the healthcare disparities that afflict underserved and predominantly uninsured patients in the High Point community. Given the youth of High Point University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program, she was presented with the unique opportunity to charter a SNPhA chapter in order to better serve the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. During her term as the Inaugural Chapter President, Rebekah coordinated and executed several community outreach programs, hosted a series of seminars with invited guest speakers, and recruited 40 active members. Rebekah was awarded and recognized as the “Most Involved” member at the 2020 Regions I and II SNPhA Conference in Pittsburgh, PA for her contributions and commitment to upholding SNPhA’s mission of serving the underserved.
Upon matriculation to pharmacy school, Rebekah has assumed multiple leadership roles. She has served as the Class of 2021 Vice President as well as the Founding Practice Advancement Vice President of the Student Society of Health System Pharmacy. Rebekah was also fortunate enough to have been selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants to receive the 2019 American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Gateway to Research Scholarship Award. This longitudinal scholarship program afforded her the opportunity to participate in a faculty-mentored research project investigating highly selective dopamine antagonists for the treatment of substance use disorders. As a supplement to her didactic training, Rebekah is employed as an IV Admixture Pharmacy Student Intern and has been with Cone Health for two years. Currently, Rebekah is completing clinical rotations within the Wake Forest Baptist Health System as an APPE Scholar.
Rebekah is honored and humbled to serve as the 2020-2021 Region I Facilitator. She plans to utilize her servant-leadership capabilities to promote innovative programming and collaboration among local chapters. She is very excited for the opportunity to serve on the National Board with other like-minded individuals who are committed to ensuring that our journey continues.