Pharmacy Leads Diabetes Education Program at Local Health Center

by Kathryn Sill, Public Relations Writer

The school of pharmacy at Cedarville University is partnering with the Rocking Horse Community Health Center in Springfield, Ohio in an effort to educate patients on the causes and effects of diabetes.

Thad Franz, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy and director of experiential programs, has been accompanying a group of professional pharmacy students to the center and engaging patients in a diabetes education program. “We see that there is a need particularly in the Springfield area for ambulatory care services and it is a need that pharmacists can be a part of,” Franz said.

The Rocking Horse Community Health Center provides medical care to patients regardless of their ability to pay for services and medication.  The center currently cares for 13,500 patients and more than 570 of the patients are diabetic.

“The collaboration between the center and the pharmacy students from Cedarville has been a very positive experience,” said Yamini Teegala, M.D., medical director at the Rocking Horse Center.  “I believe this program has had a significant impact on our patients.”

Ongoing research is being conducted by professional pharmacy students, focusing on the clinical lab markers in Type 2 diabetes patients and how it relates to the diabetes education classes they have received.

 “My vision would be to see students continue to help expand programs at the Rocking Horse Center and serve the underserved  there,” said Franz.

The plans for future work at the center will focus on diabetes management and medication therapy management. Medication therapy management would provide medication review to patients that are on complicated drug regimens.


Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.