Together We Read

The Pomona Public Library’s annual Together We Read program will once again kick off at Western University of Health Sciences.

This year’s book selection is “Farewell to Manzanar” by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. The memoir describes the experiences of Wakatsuki and her family before, during and after their imprisonment in the Manzanar internment camp during World War II.

The kick-off event will be held Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 2, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. A reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the main speaking event. Bruce Embrey, co-chair of the Manzanar Committee, will lead a discussion of “Farewell to Manzanar.” Click here to view a flier. Click here to view the full story.

The Pomona Public Library will hold its first 3K Walk-A-Thon, “Together We Walk, Together We Read,” on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Click here to view a flier. Click here to visit the Friends of the Pomona Public Library website.

WesternU’s Pharmacy and Optometry colleges sign linkage agreements with Cal State Fullerton

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Pharmacy and College of Optometry signed linkage agreements with California State University, Fullerton, creating an Early Admission Program (EAP).

“The linkage agreement with California State University, Fullerton is an important step in our efforts to create early assurance programs with important minority-serving academic partners,” said College of Pharmacy Dean Daniel Robinson, PharmD. “CSUF has a strong commitment to diversity, which aligns perfectly with our interest in attracting students with diverse backgrounds into the health professions. This linkage has special significance to me, since I am a proud graduate of CSUF.”

“We really value our partnership with Cal State Fullerton in supporting students from different backgrounds who want to pursue a career in optometry,” said College of Optometry Dean Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH. “The opportunity to increase diverse perspectives and diverse backgrounds will strengthen our student body and ultimately benefit both our profession and the patients served by our graduates.”

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WesternU looking for volunteers for vertigo study

An interprofessional team from Western University of Health Sciences is conducting a clinical research study on two intervention approaches for people with dizziness.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you have suffered from dizziness for more than three months and you are between the ages of 18 and 79. The purpose of the study is to determine if Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and/or Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) are helpful to patients suffering from dizziness.

Participants may receive OMT, VRT, both treatments, or become part of a control group. Participants will receive $20 per evaluation. For more information or to see if you qualify, contact research coordinator Chris Michaels by phone at 909-469-8463, or by email at

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:


WesternU’s National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) is organizing a team and raising money for the CHOC Walk in the Park Oct. 13, 2013. The 5K walk through Disneyland and California Adventure raises money for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). College of Graduate Nursing students have been rotating through CHOC for their clinicals and preceptorships, and they want to give back to CHOC and the community by fundraising and supporting such a great cause. To donate, please visit:

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Mary Hudson-McKinney, PT, DPT, MS, NCS was an invited speaker at the Hays-Haine Family Scholarship Benefit Symposium, “Total Rehab,” sponsored by the College of Optometry. Dr. Hudson-McKinney’s presentation, “Balance and Fall Risk Assessment and Intervention in Individuals Following a Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury,” was the first of six presentations given in the one-day symposium.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Drug could raise risk of heart attack among type 2 diabetes patients

College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Olivia J. Phung, PharmD, has published an article proposing that using a certain class of diabetes medication could potentially increase risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. The article, published in the journal Diabetic Medicine on Sept. 16, 2013, was a meta-analysis combining evidence from 33 studies to show an association with increased cardiovascular events when using this class of drug. College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Emmanuelle Schwartzman, PharmD, CDE, and Robert Allen, PharmD ’12, who was a fourth-year student at the time of the review, were key contributors to the study. Click here to view the full story.

From the Patient Care Center:

Backpack giveaway

As children head back to school after the summer break, the Eye Care Center (ECC) at Western University of Health Sciences reminds parents that good vision is critical to learning.

The ECC is giving away a limited number of backpacks filled with school supplies as an incentive to bring your child in for a comprehensive eye examination. August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

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