Cloquet was the learning grounds for University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Duluth students as they toured various facilities around town to learn about all the inter-related pieces of community health.
On Wednesday, Aug. 21, students and professors made stops at the Human Development Center, the Cloquet Police Department, the Cloquet Area Fire District, the pharmacy within the Fond du Lac Human Services Center and more.
Since one of the goals of the pharmacy school in Duluth is to send students out into greater Minnesota as rural healthcare professionals, assistant pharmacy professor, Meg Little said the tour exposes students to the ways in which they might have to work with other rural professionals to better serve their communities.
"It's important for students to know that being a pharmacist isn't just about dispensing drugs or counseling patients," Little said. "They have to take the whole person into consideration and the whole community and be able to pull on the strengths from those different areas in terms of being able to care for people."
From Little's perspective, pharmacists need to be ready to wear different hats when in rural setting with fewer resources.
Most of the professional pharmacists the tour met throughout the day were Duluth graduates.