Alumna receives Health Literacy Kansas Trailblazer award

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Rafia Rasu, Ph.D., MBA, M.Pharm.

HOUSTON – Rafia Rasu, Ph.D., MBA, M.Pharm., an alumna of UTHealth School of Public Health and adjunct professor in the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health, recently received the Health Literacy Kansas Trailblazer award from Health Literacy Kansas. The award was presented at the Kansas Public Health Association annual conference on Oct. 10.

The Trailblazer award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to advance health literacy in the state of Kansas and beyond, through innovative programs and initiatives. Rasu’s work focuses on evaluating the impact of health literacy on health care cost and quality.

“I am honored to be recognized by Health Literacy Kansas for my work and passion for health literacy,” Rasu says.

Rasu has been teaching health literacy topics to Pharm.D. candidates for more than 12 years. Recently health literacy has become a mandatory component in Pharm.D. curriculum nationwide.

Rasu earned her Ph.D. from UTHealth School of Public Health in management and policy sciences in 2005. Currently, she is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at The University of Kansas. She directs the Kansas City Antibiotic Resistance Task Force (KART) program, supervises the outcomes research lab located at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy Practice, and serves as a researcher at the Kansas City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

In addition to health literacy research, Rasu is investigating opioid prescribing trends. Her research recently was featured in an article in The Kansas City Star on the opioid epidemic.

— Written by Anissa Anderson Orr