Awarded through the foundation's Molly Blank Fund, the gift will establish the Molly and Max Blank Rural Health Program Endowment, income from which will be used to expand the Rural Health Professions and Professional Certificate in Pharmacy-Related Health Disparities programs. Both programs are designed to provide pharmacy students with training experiences in remote or rural Arizona communities. In recognition of the gift, the professional certificate will be renamed the Molly and Max Blank Professional Certificate in Pharmacy-Related Health Disparities.
Established in 1997, the Rural Health Professions Program places students in a variety of settings, from farming communities outside Yuma, to border towns such Nogales and Douglas, to remote Navajo County. As of May 2017, eighty-six students had earned a certificate through the program.
"The University of Arizona's land-grant mission focuses on serving our state in a meaningful way," said University of Arizona Foundation president and CEO John-Paul Roczniak. "Because of the Blank Family Foundation's generosity, the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy is uniquely positioned to make an even greater impact on the health of Arizona, while also providing students hands-on learning opportunities."