2019 Incentive Grant Recipients

Residents and their Preceptors

Nikkina Hankins

Project Proposal:Analyzing the Effects of the Community Pharmacist's Intervention to Promote Pneumococcal Vaccinations Among At-risk Populations within the Age of 19-64 Years at an Independent Pharmacy

“I hope to increase the public's understanding and knowledge about the pneumococcal vaccines, especially for the at risk population aged 19-64 years old. Many adults believe the pneumococcal vaccinations are only for the senior population. As a community pharmacist, it is my duty to improve the health of my patient population and provide optimal patient care and education for disease management and prevention. ”

Nikkina Hankins, PharmD, currently serves as the PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Resident at Marcrom's Pharmacy and Wellness Center in Manchester, TN. 

Dr. Hankins hopes to train pharmacy staff on how to identify patients at-risk for pneumococcal disease during various moments in the dispensing process, educate pharmacy staff on how to promote vaccination services to patients and patrons of the pharmacy, increase patient awareness of vaccination services provided by community pharmacists, improve pneumococcal vaccine rates among at-risk adults aged 19-64 years, and improve general population’s awareness of risk of invasive pneumococcal disease.

"Healthcare in rural communities revolve around the community pharmacists. In small hometowns like Manchester, TN, the recommendations of the community pharmacist are shared from the patients at the pharmacy to their family and friends at local events in the neighborhood. We are making an impact not only to the patient, but to so many others with each patient counseling and recommendation. "