Mental Health Chair
Jennifer Akosa is a fourth year Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at the University of Connecticut and is concurrently pursuing her Master of Business Administration. She was born and raised in Newington, CT and loves to travel. Jennifer works as a pharmacy intern at Yale New Haven Hospital. Following her internship, she also began consulting for Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on the delivery of innovative neurologic and psychiatric therapies.
She joined SNPhA during her freshman year because of her love of pharmacy and serving others. Since then, she has had the opportunity to partner with the campus Office of Health and Wellness to educate students and create educational presentations and materials for the community. She has also engaged in outreach with harm-reduction centers and populations without housing. Over the past 5 years, Jennifer has executed responsibilities as Chapter Treasurer, Delegate, Legislative Chair, and Remember the Ribbon Chair. Jennifer’s appreciation of SNPhA’s representation contributed to her founding of Honors for Diversity, an organization that celebrates and empowers all cultures and communities, where she served as President for 2 years. She is also an active member of the Industry Pharmacists Organization and is the Graduate Student Senate Delegate for the University of Connecticut Diversity Council. On campus, she also served as a School of Pharmacy Ambassador, Pharmacy Student Government board member, and worked in the Office of Leadership, Organizational Development, and Community Outreach.
Jennifer’s vision for SNPhA is to push forward and work together both at home and globally. She is passionate about expanding the kinds of underserved communities we reach and erasing mental health stigmas by equipping people with the education and resources for wellness and a high quality of life. She hopes to increase collaborations with national mental health organizations, advocate for Mental Health First Aid training opportunities in our schools, and see a mental health chair in every chapter. She is excited to address the intersection of mental health with physical health, pregnancy, youth, veterans, people without housing, as well as nutrition, the opioid crisis and bullying. She also stresses the importance of the mental health of student pharmacists and other health care providers because we must be at our best to bring out the best in others.
Jennifer is honored to serve as the National Mental Health Chair for 2019-2020. She is proud to stand with the SNPhA family as we practice excellence in service and give back to our communities. She is amazed by every member she meets and conference she attends, and is excited for us to make our vision today our legacy tomorrow!