Fighting Diabetes Chair
Aliyah Cruz is a second year Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate at the UNC 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. She is a double Tar Heel as she received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill as well. During this time, she was the captain of the Division 1 Rugby Club at UNC, an Executive Student Ambassador at the UNC Admissions Office, and was also a teaching assistant for several chemistry courses.
Upon entering pharmacy school, Aliyah chased her passion for serving those that were unable to receive adequate healthcare. Following this mission, Aliyah quickly joined SNPhA due to the passion she saw in upperclassmen for both the organization and for serving the underserved. It was in the general body meetings that Aliyah found her SNPham and developed her own passion for the various initiatives within SNPhA. After attending her first Regions I & II Conference at Howard University in 2019, she became fascinated by the business sessions and the policy changes that other SNPhA members were proposing. This inspired her to run for the position of Chapter Pharmacy Council Representative for the next school year.
Aside from her active SNPhA roles, Aliyah works at both Carrboro Family Pharmacy as a pharmacy intern as well at UNC Hospitals as a Medication History Specialist. She also is the Outreach Director-Elect for the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) in Chapel Hill, which is an interprofessional free clinic provided by students in the Chapel Hill area. Aliyah has found SHAC as not only another way to serve the underserved in her community, but also a way to practice the skills that she learns at various SNPhA events. She also holds active membership in the Phi Delta Chi – Alpha Gamma chapter as well as volunteers her time as a Recruitment Ambassador for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Outside of pharmacy, you can find Aliyah making various plantain dishes, watching movies with her friends, or trying to run with the goal of completing a half marathon in the future.
Aliyah is honored to serve as the National Fighting Diabetes Chair in this upcoming year. She plans on using this platform as a way to push the Fighting Diabetes chairs around the nation to ‘Collaborate and Communicate’. Aliyah acknowledges that while Diabetes in itself is a complicated disease, those battling it are battling with other disease states or health disparities as well. With this and SNPhA’s mission of leaving your L.E.G.A.C.Y., she plans on providing resources and goals for SNPhA initiative chairs to collaborate for the betterment of their community and patients!