International pharmacy students’ role in translating an HIV and Aging survey from English to French, Spanish, and Vietnamese


  • Kenric Ware South University



Aging, HIV, survey, international pharmacy students, needs assessment


International pharmacy students enhance the healthcare landscape through unique vantage points and diverse communication abilities. Their impact actualizes beyond pharmacy settings into community service arenas. This paper describes a collaboration between international pharmacy students and a statewide human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) needs assessment project in the United States (South Carolina). By translating a survey designed for people living with HIV from English to French, Spanish, and Vietnamese, the international pharmacy students reported greater familiarity with HIV nomenclature and treatment parameters. They also shared their paths to the United States and the importance of frequent use of non-English languages to their survey translations. The international pharmacy students viewed the survey’s lengthiness as a possible barrier to participation. Articulating these experiences may heighten awareness of the value international students embody along with motivate other international students to embrace moments that center their linguistic latitudes. 

Author Biography

Kenric Ware, South University

Kenric B. Ware is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at South University School of Pharmacy. As an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, he serves a board chairperson of Joseph H. Neal Health Collaborative. Kenric is a voting member of the South Carolina HIV Planning Council’s Needs Assessment Committee. Kenric serves as member of South Carolina’s Fetal Infant Mortality Review Committee and as an inaugural member of the South Carolina Harm Reductionist Collaborative. Kenric has served as a pharmacist consultant to a University of South Carolina research initiative entitled “Optimizing Public Libraries as Trusted Community Partners to Strengthen the Rural HIV Care Continuum in South Carolina. Kenric participates as a South Carolina representative on the Southeastern AIDS Education and Training Center’s Advisory Committee. Kenric also is a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine’s Southeastern Regional Steering Committee and Public Policy Committee. Kenric has been with South University since August 2012. His research interests include strategies that explain and evaluate therapeutic uses of novel medications in traditional and non-traditional settings and consumer perceptions of drug therapy advancements among various media outlets.


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How to Cite

Ware, K. (2023). International pharmacy students’ role in translating an HIV and Aging survey from English to French, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Journal of International Students, 13(4), 290–311.