Mental Health Chair
Chidinma Ahiarah is a fourth year PharmD Candidate at the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, which is primarily located in Kingsville Texas – however, Chidinma is a member of the College Station cohort. She is originally from Austin, Texas and completed her pre-pharmacy requirements at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. At Texas State, Chidinma was Vice President of the Pre-Pharmacy Society and worked as a Resident Assistant for two years. Serving as Vice President of the Pre-Pharmacy Society allowed Chidinma develop her skills as a mentor for other students. It was through her involvement with Housing and Residential Life were she first learned the importance of advocacy and enjoyed promoting diversity and inclusivity through hosting several educational programs.
Chidinma comes from a long line of healthcare professionals as both her grandmother and mother worked as nurses in Nigeria. Chidinma was inspired to peruse pharmacy after witnessing her mother make the career change to become a pharmacist while Chidinma was in high school. Having been introduced to selfless service in undergrad and through her mother, Chidinma wished to continue on a path that would allow her to develop as a leader and also give her the skills needed to better serve those around her. Seeing that SNPhA’s mission aligned with her personal values, Chidinma quickly joined her Texas A&M SNPhA chapter. She has since served in various leadership positions within SNPhA, including Chronic Kidney Disease Co-Chair her P1 year, and Historian for two consecutive years.Chidinma’s favorite aspect of serving her SNPhA chapter was developing other students to become empowered in their ability to enact meaningful change in their environment and creating an atmosphere of positivity within the chapter.
Not only was Chidinma heavily involved in SNPhA, she was also a tutor for P1 and P2 students through Rho Chi’s student tutoring program, served as Vice President of Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP), and was Secretary for Phi Lambda Sigma. She previously served on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the College of Pharmacy, and was part of the founding brothers on the College Station campus for Phi Delta Chi, where she also served as Worthy Prelate. She also enjoys inter-professional collaboration and was on the Student Planning Committee for Disaster Day, which is the nation’s largest student run inter-professional mock disaster simulation.
Outside of pharmacy, Chidinma enjoys reading, baking, listening to true crime and self development podcasts, as well as exploring other creative outlets such as painting, playing the violin, and writing. In the future, Chidinma aspires to learn how to play the piano and travel to experience and learn from different cultures.
As National Mental Health Initiative Chair, Chidinma looks forward to promoting the importance of mental health to SNPhA members and the communities which we serve. She also is looking forward to providing more resources to enable members to embrace and expand the quality and quantity of mental health services that they have access to. Chidinma is excited and humbled to serve on the National Board this year, and hopes to increase the overall wellness of SNPhA and it’s members as Our Journey Continues through these unique times.