Incentive Grants


2019 Incentive Grant Recipients


The application cycle for the 2021 Incentive Grants has closed. Recipients will be notified in late October.



  • July – Begin application. 
  • September 9th, 2020 – Application deadline. 
  • September – Review of applications
  • October 23rd, 2020  Notification of all grant applicants.
  • November – Upon receipt of the Acceptance Agreement and W-9 forms, recipients will receive grant funding.
  • March – Resident interim reports due Monday, March 29, 2021.
  • June – Non-resident interim reports and resident final reports due Monday, June 7, 2021.
  • December – Non-resident final reports due Monday, December 13, 2021.
  • End of Project - A final expense report must be submitted. Please see Use of Grant Funds below.



Residents and their preceptor may apply for an APhA Foundation Incentive Grant. A project prosal with any community/ambulatory-pharmacy based practice innovation is acceptable, but preference will be given to projects with a focus in the following areas:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Diabetes/ Cardiovascular Care
  • Pain Management
  • Patient Care Workflow
  • Pharmacist-Patient Communication
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • COVID-19 Prevention/Treatment/Testing

Student pharmacists and pharmacists may apply for an Immunization Incentive Grant. Preference will be given to projects within the following focus areas:

  • Implementing and delivering immunization services in a COVID-19 environment; gaining public trust, overcoming vaccine hesitancy
  • Optimizing engagement of pharmacy team members in the provision of immunization-related services in a COVID-19 environment - expanding or reinstating routine vaccinations
  • Development of referral mechanisms for immunization services within the community, and strengthening the immunization neighborhood
  • Advance usage of Immunization Information System (IIS) for immunization assessment and enhanced immunization delivery methods
  • Increasing vaccination rates in the adult population, pregnant patients, and college-age students
  • Increasing access to and administration of HPV vaccines
  • Implementation of new ACIP recommendations in pharmacy practice (ie. pneumococcal)


Use of Grant Funds

Full payments will be made upon receipt of the completed Grant Acceptance/Agreement forms. Grant funds may be used only for direct costs associated with the development and implementation of the project described in the application. Expenditures for indirect costs (overhead) will not be funded. Salaries for recipients will not be allowed; however, consultant fees, fees for research/technician services and expenses for administrative services may be allowed if submitted in the proposed budget to the APhA Foundation.

Final expense reports must be submitted once the project has ended. Reports shall include funding descriptions, vendors, dates of issue and any other relevant information.


Please contact John Little, Executive Fellow at or 202-558-2709 with any questions.



Inaugurated in 1993, the Incentive Grants for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care is the APhA Foundation’s longest running program. Grants totaling more than $500,000 have facilitated the development of over 500 pharmacy-based projects, improving the health outcomes of thousands of patients across the country.

Incentive Grants offer pharmacists, students, and community pharmacy residents seed money to implement or support an existing innovative patient care service within their pharmacy practice. The program has provided around twenty grants annually since its inception. We have been able to provide this support due in part to the Community Pharmacy Foundation. The Foundation thanks them for their efforts and you may find more information about the Community Pharmacy Foundation below.

The Incentive Grants have been a starting point for many pharmacists, residents, and students for active involvement and leadership within APhA, the Foundation, and in practice. Just as important, awarding an incentive grant encourages practitioners to foster new ideas and allows them to “lead by example.” 

Aligned with the Foundation’s focus on designing and evaluating new practice models for pharmacy, the core requirement of the Incentive Grants Program is a focus on innovation. The Foundation has funded projects in past years that address a variety of meaningful patient care services and will continue to accept proposals for any type of ambulatory pharmacy-based innovation.

Incentive Grants are awarded annually on a calendar year. Grant recipients will be required to submit an interim report, a final project report, a final project expense report, and a short video summary of their project.

Partnership with the Community Pharmacy Foundation

The Community Pharmacy Foundation has generously provided matching grant support to fund the APhA Foundation Incentive Grants Program since 2004. The Community Pharmacy Foundation supports research and demonstration projects that highlight new and emerging innovations in patient care related to community pharmacy practice.

Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant Award

The Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant Award is awarded annually to a community pharmacy resident or recent pharmacy graduate who is working to expand pharmacy services.

Innovation in Immunization Practices Incentive Grant

In 2007, the American Pharmacists Association Foundation established the Immunization Fund to support APhA’s more than 20 years of leadership in advancing pharmacists role in improving our nation’s health. The Immunization Fund supports the annual Innovation in Immunization Practices Incentive Grant.

2020 Incentive Grant Recipients

Innovation in Immunization Practices
Brenna Neumann Collier Drug Stores, Inc. Advancing Pharmacy Technician Roles to Increase Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccination Rates in a Community Pharmacy Setting Fayetteville, AR
Joy Snyder Wegmans Pharmacy Increasing Access of Influenza Vaccines to the Homeless in Rochester, New York Rochester, NY
Residents and their Preceptors 
Kathryn Anderson Medicine Mart of West Columbia Impact of Pharmacist Provision of Naloxone at an Independent Community Pharmacy Operating Under State Naloxone Protocol West Columbia, SC
Kristen Bessler HealthLinc Indiana Pharmacist's Perceptions of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES), Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), or Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services: a State-wide Study Mishawaka, IN
Lauren Branson Walgreens Impact of a Community-based Pharmacist Driven Health Coaching Program on Clinical Outcomes and Health-related Quality of Life Chapel Hill, NC
Caitlin Brown Shaver Pharmacy and Compounding Center Impact of Opioid Workflow on Patient Access to Naloxone and Morphine Milliequivalents (MME) Prescribing Trends Pocatello, ID
Julia Dickman Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services Evaluation of Palatability of Crushed Over-the-counter Medications Westerville, OH
Andrea Do Smith's Food and Drug A Simple Phone Call: Community Pharmacist Led Intervention at a Large Community Pharmacy Chain to Promote Antidepressant Adherence. West Jordan, UT
Nicole Dunn Realo Discount Drugs An Evaluation of Medication Therapy Management with Blister Packaging on Optimization of Care for Patients with Hyperlipidemia and Hypertension New Bern, NC
Ronni Ehlers The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio Insulin Access in an Urban Underserved Population:  A Crucible Demonstrating a National Crisis Columbus, OH
Sarah Huster Kroger Pharmacy Implementation and Evaluation of a Certified Technician Training Program for Advanced Technician Services in a Large Community Pharmacy Chain Springdale, OH
Lesley Johnson University of Kansas & Balls Food Stores - Hen House Pharmacy #32 Patient Knowledge and Perceptions of Opioid Drugs and Naloxone in the Community Setting Olathe, KS
Kailen Kelly Mathes Pharmacy and Diabetes Center Health Literacy and its Affects on Lowering A1c to Control Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus New Albany, IN
Alison Kingsbury GuidePoint Pharmacy Sustainability and Benefits of Independent Community Pharmacy  Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotic Medication Services Brainerd, MN
Kyle Lee USC Plaza Pharmacy Analysis of Community Pharmacist’s Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Practices about Cannabidiol (CBD) products Los Angeles, CA
Dru Lezina Keck Medicine of USC Specialty Pharmacy The Effect of a Slow Titration of Dimethyl Fumarate on Patient Adherence and Tolerability Alhambra, CA
Molly Nichols Walgreens/Purdue University PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Community Pharmacist Preceptors and Their Knowledge, Experience, and Perceived Intent to Recommend Cannabidiol Products for Patient Use Indianapolis, IN
Awura Ama Oduro Kroger Pharmacy Evaluating the Impact of Mental Health Check-In Services by Community-Based Pharmacists on Medication Adherence in Patients with Depression Delaware, OH
Elizabeth Paolucci Walgreens Community Pharmacy The Role of Community Pharmacists Improving Inhaler Adherence Post Education and Vaccine Recommendations in Asthma and COPD Patients Chelsea, MA
Samuel Pierini Albertsons Companies  Impact of a Community Pharmacy-Based Initiative to Increase Patients Ability to Recognize Heart Failure Symptoms and Improve Self-Management Clackamas, OR
Lauren Pohl Campus Health Pharmacy Implementation of a Community-based Pharmacist-run  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic in a College Health Center Chapel Hill, NC
Jallena Roberts Atlantis Pharmacy Evaluation of Patient Perceptions of a Standardized Curriculum for Opioid and Naloxone Counseling Atlantis, FL
Alexandra Ruby The University of Kansas and Balls Foods Stores- Price Chopper #25

Community Pharmacy Staff Knowledge and Accessibility of Mental Health Resources

Overland Park, KS
Jacob Saling Kroger Co. Scaling Technician Product Verification (TPV): Developing an Implementation Strategy for a Nationwide Grocery Chain Pharmacy Nashville, TN
Andrew San Juan Kroger Pharmacy Primary Care Diabetes Program Incorporates Community Pharmacists To Improve Patient Outcomes Memphis, TN
Negin Sazgar USC Plaza Pharmacy PGX LEARN – Pharmacogenetic Learning And Educational Environments for Community Pharmacists to be Ready for the Next Generation Los Angeles, CA
Amanda Shaver Duquesne University Center for Pharmacy Care The Impact of a Pharmacist Led Prediabetes Outreach Program in the Community Pittsburgh, PA
Disha Soni Acme Pharmacy Evaluating Pharmacist Perception of Administering Long-acting Injectable Antiretroviral Treatments in the Community Pharmacy Setting Media, PA
Emily Sotelo Realo Discount Drugs Analysis of Provider-generated Revenue and Impact on Medication Reconciliation from a Pharmacist-led Chronic Care Management Service Jacksonville, NC
Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant  
Brady Hecht Realo Specialty Care Pharmacy Analysis of Prior Authorization Success and Timeliness at a Community-based Specialty Care Pharmacy Morrisville, NC