Recent News

  • SNPhA Goes Red for Women!

    On the first Friday of February, SNPhA participated in National Wear Red Day. “Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, we can change that because 80 … Continued

  • September in Review

    September was a great month for SNPhA. School is back in full swing and with it so are SNPhA events. This semester we have already had many recruitment events, education events, and service events. Some highlights: Senate Carnival Right as August … Continued

  • SNPhA Membership: What does it mean to you?

    As we are closing our recruitment period- it is a wonderful time to ask members the questions: Why did you join SNPhA? What does SNPhA mean to you? Because they are awesome, some of our members took the time to … Continued

  • International Hour: An Annual Success!

    SNPhA partnered with the School of Pharmacy faculty and staff to host the Second Annual International Hour!  The event was a major success for the second year in a row. We are so glad to have had the opportunity to … Continued

Our Mission

SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare related issues, and the poor minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions.The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate and execute programs geared toward the improvement for the health, educational, and social environment of the community


Our Objectives

  • To offer student members the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skill.
  • To educate students about and promote active participation in national health care issues.
  • To develop the role of the minority health professional as a vital member of the health care team.
  • To educate communities on better health practices and to increase their awareness and understanding of diseases.


Our History

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) was founded in 1972 on the campus of Florida A & M University, when Sharon Roquemore (now Sharon Lovick Edwards) and John J. Scrivens organized that first meeting. In addition to the students from Florida A & M University, students from Howard University, Texas Southern University, Xavier University and other schools were in attendance. The meeting participants numbered about one hundred.

Our many years of success are in part due to the outstanding leadership the association has had over the years. Mr. Clinton C. Cunningham was the first Executive Secretary; serving from 1972-1974. Mr. Ralph Arline (deceased) succeeded him from 1974-1979. It was in 1979 that SNPhA gained its first female leader, named Heidi Anderson (Currently Dr. Heidi Anderson-Harper). For ten years, she provided impeccable leadership bringing SNPhA into a new era. Dr. Marisa Lewis took the helm in 1989 and continued for the next 16 years in the capacity, the longest tenure of any Executive Director. Dr. Carmita A. Coleman currently serves as SNPhA Executive Director.

Over the years, SNPhA has been blessed with several Assistant Executive Directors including Dr. Terri Smith-Moore, Dr. Monica Lahoz, and Dr. Patricia Lieveld.