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Vaccine Hesitancy and the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine

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Julie Hillebrant
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This inaugural episode of Pharmacy Fusion features a conversation about vaccines with pharmacist Kevin Cleveland, a member of the College of Pharmacy Faculty. Pharmacy Fusion is a brand-new radio show that covers a broad array of topics related to the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. The show is hosted by Dean Walter Fitzgerald on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm.

Kevin W. Cleveland is an associate professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department at the College of Pharmacy in Pocatello.  He is currently the Director of the Idaho Drug Information Service, which provides free health care information to consumers across the United States.

Cleveland earned his Pharm.D. at Idaho State University in 2003 and joined the faculty at ISU in 2004 after completing a clinical pharmacy residency in drug information.  Since then, he has earned pharmacy specialty certificates in nuclear medicine, immunizations, and medication therapy management.

Cleveland is ISU’s Chapter Advisor for the American Pharmacist Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists.  He coordinates the organization’s health screenings, immunization clinics, and educational sessions.  Because of these efforts, the student pharmacy chapter received the Operation Diabetes National Award in 2012.

Cleveland directs the College of Pharmacy’s Annual Spaghetti Feed Raffle and Auction of which the proceeds are used to fund their free health screenings and services as well as sponsoring the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Cleveland is a member of the United States Pharmacopeia, Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma, and volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corps and the Boy Scouts of America.

Kevin W. Cleveland is an associate professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department at the College of Pharmacy in Pocatello. He is currently the Director of the Idaho Drug Information Service, which provides free health care information to consumers across the United States.

Cleveland earned his Pharm.D. at Idaho State University in 2003 and joined the faculty at ISU in 2004 after completing a clinical pharmacy residency in drug information. Since then, he has earned pharmacy specialty certificates in nuclear medicine, immunizations, and medication therapy management.

Cleveland is ISU’s Chapter Advisor for the American Pharmacist Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists. He coordinates the organization’s health screenings, immunization clinics, and educational sessions. Because of these efforts, the student pharmacy chapter received the Operation Diabetes National Award in 2012.

Cleveland directs the College of Pharmacy’s Annual Spaghetti Feed Raffle and Auction of which the proceeds are used to fund their free health screenings and services as well as sponsoring the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Cleveland is a member of the United States Pharmacopeia, Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma, and volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corps and the Boy Scouts of America.

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Walter L. Fitzgerald, Jr. serves as Dean of the College of Pharmacy, and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, at Idaho State University. He received the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1979 from Mercer University School of Pharmacy in Atlanta. In 1982 he received the Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Tennessee, College of Graduate Health Sciences, in Memphis. And in 1983 he received the Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis, School of Law.