Kristin Howlett: Becoming An Effective Leader

Third year student Kristin Howlett found that the study of pharmacy would be a great opportunity to continue her education because it combined a variety of her interests.

“I chose pharmacy because it had the perfect blend of the scientific, intellectual knowledge and the personal connections you can build with patients while providing a valued, respected and needed service in the community,” said Howlett.

Howlett chose to study at the University of Minnesota because she was moved by one of the college’s “A Day in the Life of a Pharmacist” videos that features alumna Christina Cipolle, who practices at the Community-University Health Care Center.

“Christina inspired my vision for pharmacy practice, combining evidence-based medicine with an understanding of a patient’s background and life experience,” said Howlett.

Howlett is also a Leadership Emphasis Area Student (LEA). The LEA program prepares students to become effective leaders in their community in the future. Howlett aspires to be a primary care pharmaceutical care provider.

“Knowing that I may need to develop my own position, I highly value how the LEA teaches me strategies to communicate a vision, generate support, keep motivation, navigate challenges, and most importantly, provides a network of support with peers, faculty and pharmacists that will last far beyond graduation,” said Howlett.

A recipient of the Samuel W. Melendy/William & Mildred Peters Summer Research Scholarship grant, Howlett participates in research with Assistant Professor Oscar Garza.

The research project’s goal is to attain better knowledge of the health needs of migrant and seasonal farmers in Minnesota, while bridging the gap of any disparities for provided care in rural Minnesota. Howlett uses her knowledge gained from the LEA program through her role in the research project.

“My role as an LEA student is to work with the team to collaboratively design and implement a community-engaged learning experience. To do this, we are interviewing community members and conducting community asset mapping of several small Minnesota towns to understand the network of existing community resources,” said Howlett.