APhA Foundation announces Incentive Grant recipients

May 10, 2023
For Immediate Release


APhA Foundation announces Incentive Grant recipients

Washington, DC — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation is announcing recipients of Incentive Grants for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care who complete their project work this year.

Since the program was established in 1994, incentive grants have provided seed funding for more than 700 projects that implemented new ways to improve the health outcomes for thousands of patients in communities across the country. Within the present cohort, 40 pharmacy residents received a grant to initiate or sustain innovative community-based projects that advance pharmacist-delivered patient care services.

“These incentive grant recipients are demonstrating the important role of pharmacists and pharmacy services in serving the health care needs of individuals and communities,” said Benjamin Bluml, RPh, APhA Foundation executive director and senior vice president of research and innovation. “We thank the Community Pharmacy Foundation and other partners for supporting innovative and patient-centered, team-based care that includes pharmacists as accessible and essential health care practitioners.”

The recipients were recognized at the Foundation’s Contributors’ Breakfast during the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Phoenix.

The grant recipients are listed below by category.

COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence


Practice site


Joana Gjidede

Clark K Sleeth Family Medicine, Morgantown, WV  

Impact of a Pharmacist-led Prenatal
Preconception Specialty Clinic in a
Patient-Centered Medical Home

Jordan Smith

Community Clinic of High Point, High Point, NC

Development of a Patient Information
Database to Engage in Vaccine Administration
and Management


Rothholz Family Immunization Education Fund Grants


Practice site


Jessica Edgar

Atlantis Pharmacy, Atlantis FL

Identifying Pharmacist Reported Barriers to the Administration of Childhood Vaccines

Ja'Nice Smith

Silver's Hometown Pharmacy, Monticello, KY

A Collaborative Approach Between Extension and Community Pharmacy to Increase Vaccine Education and Immunization Rates in Diverse Populations in Kentucky


Residents and their Preceptors


Practice site


Jasmine Bazinet

Albertsons Companies, Boise, ID

Comparing the Ability of Community Pharmacists to Screen for Food Insecurity and Educate Qualifying Patients on Available Resources During In-Person and Telephonic Patient Encounters

Cody Beldon

Kroger Health, Blue Ash, OH

Assessment of a Community Pharmacist Remote Monitoring Service in Patients Using Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs)

Sarah Bridges

Eden Drug, Eden, NC

Evaluation of Patient Acquisition Rates of Naloxone in a Rural Independent Community Pharmacy

Ethan Case

Balls Food Stores—Hen House Pharmacy #32, Olathe, KS

Assessing Pharmacist Knowledge, Comfort, and Willingness in Prescribing Smoking Cessation Therapy

Karinna Cedo-Negron  

UNC Hospitals Central Outpatient Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC

Comparison of HEDIS Measures Performance between a Health-System Integrated Outpatient Pharmacy and External Pharmacies

Douglas Choi

Kroger Pharmacy, Columbus, OH

Assessing the Patient Referral Acceptance Rate Following Community Health Screenings Utilizing the Layered Learning Model

Savannah Correll

Safeway Pharmacy, Washougal, WA

The Stimulant Drug Crisis: Providing Community Pharmacists with the Tools to Identify “Red Flags” in Stimulant Prescribing Behaviors

Aaliyah Dent

Kroger Pharmacy, Little Rock, AR

Community Pharmacist Led Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring Service: A Qualitative Study of Primary Care Clinic Perceptions

Miriam Easo

Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, El Paso, TX

ASPIRE (Acquisition of Skills for Pharmacists to Identify, Refer, and Educate) to Optimize Diabetes Medications in a Predominantly Hispanic Patient Population

Julie Feimster

Campus Health, Chapel Hill, NC

Undergraduate Student Perceptions of Pharmacist-prescribed Hormonal Contraception

Nora Garabedian

Keck Medicine of USC Specialty Pharmacy, Alhambra, CA

Evaluation of a Vaccination Program in a Specialty Pharmacy for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

Justin Han

The University of North Carolina Health Care System (UNC Health) Shared Services Center Retail Pharmacy, Durham, NC

Incorporating Social Determinants of Health into Workflows within a Specialty Pharmacy

Chelsea Herrarte

HealthLinc, Inc., Mishawaka, IN

Evaluation of Tricyclic Antidepressant (TCA) Prescribing in the Treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) within Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)

Logan Hunkus

The Ohio State University General Internal Medicine—Outpatient Care East, Columbus, OH

A Systematic Approach to Identifying HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Candidates in Primary Care

Durdana Iqbal

Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network of New York State, Buffalo, NY

Perceptions and Attitudes of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Program Champions within CPESN Community

Yelim Joung

USC Medical Plaza Pharmacy, Los Angeles, CA

A Time and Motion Study of Community Pharmacists Prescribing Paxlovid

Gina Joy

Walgreens Pharmacy, Asheville, NC

Identifying Barriers to Healthcare Utilization and Pharmacist Engagement in a College Student Population

Kaitlyn Kerley

Kroger Pharmacy, Memphis, TN

Impact of Community Pharmacy-based Administration of Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics on Adherence and Patient Perceived Barriers to Care

Jenny Kim

CliniCare Pharmacy, Northridge, CA

Internal Medicine Physician Perception on a Clinical Pharmacist in Medical Practice

Sabrina Koza

Kroger Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV

Assessment of a Community-based Pharmacist Intervention on Glycemic Control and Lifestyle Knowledge in Patients at Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes at a Large Community Pharmacy Chain

Melynda Kromsky

St. Matthews Community and Specialty Pharmacy, Louisville, KY

Impact of EHR Access in a Specialty Pharmacy on Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Treatment Outcomes

Kristen Mize

KC CARE Health Center, Kansas City, MS

Assessing the Impact of Pharmacist-led Digital Retina Scan Services on Rates of Annual Eye Exams for Patients with Diabetes at a Federally Qualified Health Center

Brianna Nelson

Wiggins Family Pharmacy and Medical Center, Carrollton, GA

Assessing the Barriers to Medication Adherence in Patients Participating in a Pharmacist Led Diabetes Management Program with Waived Copays

Savannah Owen

Trinity Medical Associates, Knoxville, TN

Evaluation of Primary Care Providers’ Utilization of GLP-1 Receptor Agonists with Demonstrated ASCVD Benefit in Patients with Type II Diabetes

Emma Piehl

MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center Pharmacy, Dubuque, IA

Patient Satisfaction with the Implementation of a Mobile Pharmacist in a Medication-Assisted Therapy Clinic

Tatiana Pleil-Pino

Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, El Paso, TX

Optimizing HEARTS (Heart Failure Education, Assessment, and Referrals in The Community Pharmacy Setting)

Dakota Raines

Kroger Pharmacy, Knoxville, TN

Retaining Technician Talent: Impact of Pharmacist Management Style on Pharmacy Technician Resilience in One Regional Division of a Large Community Pharmacy Chain

Shelby Reid

Greenwood Pharmacy and Compounding Center, Waterloo, IA

Evaluation of a Community Pharmacist-Led Behavioral Health Screening and Intervention

Arianna Sanchez

Safeway Pharmacy, Denver, CO

Patient Perception and Attitudes of Pharmacist Delivered Patient Care Services

Rachel Schneider

Kroger Pharmacy, Cincinnati, OH

Impact of a Community Pharmacist Led-Interventional Diabetes Management Program on Patient Decision Making and Population Health Measures

Kelsey Schreuders

Kroger Pharmacy, Nashville, TN

Impact of a Theory-Based Implementation Strategy Focused on Pharmacy Personnel on Increasing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Rates in One Regional Division of a Large Community Pharmacy Chain

Maddie Urbanek

Wheeler Pharmacy, Lexington, KY

Community Pharmacists Perceptions of Providing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community-Based Practice

Shanon Vartanian

USC Pharmacies & Clinics, Los Angeles, CA

The Role of the Community Pharmacist: The Perspective of the Community They Serve

Alexander Wilcox

HealthLinc, Inc., Valparaiso, IN

Clinician Attitudes Toward Referring Patients to Pharmacists for Tobacco Cessation Services

Christen Wilhight

Walgreens Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC

Community Pharmacy-Distributed Self-Monitoring Aides for Patients with Diabetes

E'Shay Winfield

Walgreens Pharmacy/Howard University, Washington, DC

Community Pharmacy Based Sickle Cell Disease Management Program


The APhA Foundation Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care Incentive Grants are supported through the Community Pharmacy Foundation, CDC (5-NU50CK000576-02-00), Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant Fund, Rothholz Family Immunization Education Fund, and donor contributions to the APhA Foundation Annual Fund.



About the APhA Foundation

The APhA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, works to design solutions to optimize medication use and care delivery in America. The APhA Foundation is affiliated with APhA, the oldest national professional society of pharmacists in the United States, which was established in 1852. The APhA Foundation’s mission is to improve health by inspiring philanthropy, research, and innovation that advances pharmacists’ patient care services. For more information, please visit www.APhAFoundation.org.

About the Community Pharmacy Foundation

The Community Pharmacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 to advance community pharmacy practice and patient care delivery through grant funding and resource-sharing. Funding priorities include topics that highlight new and emerging patient care services that are financially sustainable, transferable, and replicable in community pharmacy practice. Resources are posted for each grantee, and special website sections are compiled for toolkit materials and journal publications. For more information about the Community Pharmacy Foundation, please visit www.CommunityPharmacyFoundation.org.