Dr. Holaway Receives GSHP Community Service AwardAugust 6, 2018
Christopher S. Holaway, PharmD, an assistant professor in the department of pharmacy practice at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM), recently received the 2018 Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP) Community
Service Award. This award is presented annually at the association’s summer meeting
to a GSHP member for outstanding service to the community. GSHP is a professional
society of pharmacists and technicians practicing in organized healthcare settings.
Dr. Holaway is a registered pharmacist whose areas of teaching are primary care pharmacy
practice, chronic disease management and innovative pharmacy education methodologies
and programs. Embodying the PCOM School of Pharmacy’s mission, Dr. Holaway works to support the needs of the underserved in Georgia. In
2014, GSHP recognized him for the first time with a Community Service Award for his
work with Habitat for Humanity.
He said, "I give all the glory and honor to God and Jesus, as my savior, because without
their unconditional love I could not have served the people in these communities which
led to this recognition."
Dr. Shawn Spencer, Dean of the PCOM School of Pharmacy, said, "The importance of service is highlighted
at PCOM and we are proud of Dr. Holaway’s determination, dedication and devotion to
our underserved populations in Georgia."
Folashade Omole, MD, FAAFP, Department Chair of Family Medicine at Morehouse School
of Medicine, nominated Dr. Holaway for the award. In addition to his faculty duties
at GA-PCOM, Dr. Holaway serves as an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department
of Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Dr. Omole explained that Dr. Holaway was invited to develop a direct patient care
line of service to be delivered at the Health Equity for All Lives (HEAL) Clinic of
Morehouse School of Medicine. The clinic provides basic primary care services and
wellness programs for all who are uninsured or who have just immigrated to the United
States. Learn more about Dr. Holaway's involvement with the HEAL Clinic.
In the nomination form, Dr. Omole wrote, "For fiscal year 2017, Dr. Holaway was asked
to develop a logistical system that produced the following results:
- Ensure all patients treated at the HEAL Clinic have a year’s supply of their medications
for the following disease states: hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, asthma and
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- Recruit and interface student pharmacists and student physicians in a process that
promotes inter professional optimal patient outcomes."
According to Dr. Omole, Dr. Holaway volunteered his services and exceeded expectations.
"It is without reservation or hesitation that he deserves this award," she wrote.
Dr. Holaway has served as a skilled volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for nine years.
In addition, he has been a volunteer member of the Atlanta Track Club medical staff,
providing care at the annual Peachtree Road Race for 10 years. The Hosea Feed the
Hungry and Homeless program, now known as Hosea Helps, also benefits from Dr. Holaway’s
efforts to provide basic primary medical care at two events during the year.
Dr. Holaway has held additional medical appointments with the Southeastern Diabetes
Education Services at Camp Seale Harris, which recognized him in 2005 with a Volunteer
Service Award. This camp began as an innovative way to teach healthy behaviors outside
of the doctor’s office or hospital setting. At Camp Kudzu, he has volunteered to manage
the medical needs of adolescent campers. Camp Kudzu makes life better for children
and teens who are living with type one diabetes.
Dr. Holaway earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from the
University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from
Auburn University and a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Florida. Afterwards,
he completed an advanced graduate research experience at the University of Alabama
at Birmingham School of Medicine in the division of cardiology.
- This article was updated on August 7, 2018 to include a link to Fox 5 Atlanta's story
about the HEAL Clinic of Morehouse School of Medicine.
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