News Release

October 04, 2017

Innovative Patient Care Services are Focus of 2018 APhA Foundation Incentive Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation today announced 19 recipients of its 2018 Incentive Grants for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care. The Incentive Grants program provides pharmacists with seed money to implement or support innovative patient care services within their pharmacy practice. This year, the APhA Foundation sought to use grants to make an impact in many areas, including cardiovascular health, diabetes care, pharmacogenomics, medication adherence, specialty medications, transitions of care, behavioral health, and injectable medication administration.

“The APhA Foundation is proud to support innovative patient care services in a variety of practice settings and populations through the Incentive Grants Program. Each year we are impressed by the number and quality of applications submitted for these grants, and encourage pharmacist leaders nationwide to continue inspiring and improving the health of their communities. We are excited to see how this year’s recipients will execute their proposals that reflect innovative, patient-centered care.” said Elizabeth Keyes, BSPharm, APhA Foundation Executive Director.

This year, 20 Incentive Grants were awarded to help establish innovative patient care services in a variety of practice areas and populations. The Incentive Grants for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care is the longest running program by the APhA Foundation and has supported more than 500 projects that have improved health outcomes for thousands of patients nationwide. The program is funded through a partnership with the Community Pharmacy Foundation. The Immunization Incentive Grants program was developed by the APhA Foundation and is now supported through the Immunization Fund. The Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant is awarded annually to a community pharmacy resident or recent pharmacy graduate who is working to expand pharmacy services for which pharmacists are compensated.


The 2018 recipients by category are:

Practitioner Innovation in Immunization Practices - $1000

  • Christine Chim, The Urban Institute, St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY
    Expanding Community-Based Influenza Vaccine Program for NYC Underserved and Indigent

Residents and their Preceptors - $1000

  • Kandis Backus, Walgreens Pharmacy, Jackson, MS
    The Community Fight Against HIV Contraction by Using Community Pharmacists to Screen for HIV and Administer Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)​​
  • Katherine Cho, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Pittsburgh, PA
    Identifying Key Factors Associated with High-Achieving Chain Pharmacy Teams Delivering Quality Care for Patients in Medically Underserved Areas
  • Katie Doong, University of Pittsburgh, Giant Eagle Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA
    Evaluating the Early Implementation of Pharmacist-Provided Patient Care Services of a Statewide Pharmacy Network within a Regional Grocery Chain Pharmacy
  • Leslee Flores, Walgreens Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC
    Conducting Pneumococcal and Shingles Vaccine Status Assessment during Targeted Medication Reviews
  • Shaneka Frazer, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Texas Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc., El Paso, TX
    BRIDGE (Building Relationships and Implementing strategies to Deliver care, Gain medication access and provide Education) for Supporting Transitions of Care Services in a Predominantly Spanish-Speaking Community
  • Taylor Harris, Kroger Pharmacy, Cincinnati, OH
    The Implementation and Evaluation of Preconception-focused, Community Pharmacist Provided Interventions to High Risk Women of Child-bearing Age
  • Nira Kadakia, University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, Cincinnati Health Department, Cincinnati, OH - (Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant)
    Impact of Pharmacist Education Visits on Hypertension for an Underserved Population
  • Tanner Kowalski, Skywalk Pharmacy, Milwaukee, WI
    Improving Outcomes in Pediatric Patients Through Pharmacist-Led Transitions of Care
  • Rebecca Lahrman, Kroger Pharmacy, Amelia, OH
    Assessment of Community Pharmacists’ Confidence, Foundational Knowledge and Coordination of Care Activities in Patients with Cancer as a Chronic Condition
  • Christine Lin, Safeway Pharmacy, Dublin, CA
    Impact of a Pharmacist-administered Long-acting Injectable Antipsychotic Program in a Supermarket-based Community Pharmacy on Medication Adherence
  • Laura Litwin, Price Chopper Pharmacy, Overland Park, KS
    Perception of Interpretation Services for Patients with English as a Second Language during Pharmacist-Led Chronic Disease State Management Programs
  • Georgia Luchen, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, Balls Food Stores, Olathe, KS 
    Impact of Community Pharmacist Intervention on Concurrent Benzodiazepine and Opioid Prescribing Patterns
  • Alex Mills, Walgreen Co., Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
    Assessment of HIV-positive Patients’ Perception and Referral Sources for Immunizations Compared to the HIV-negative Population
  • Sarin Patel, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Texas Austin Cooperative Community Pharmacy Program, El Paso, TX
    On the (MEND) Mental health and Education in Diabetes: a New Pharmacy Service in a Predominantly Hispanic Community
  • Sara Schenkelberg, Walgreens Pharmacy, Kansas City, MO
    Evaluation of Community Pharmacists' Impact on Patient Outcomes in Hepatitis C Infected Individuals
  • Chelsea Snodgrass, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Pharmacy, Balls Food Stores, Gladstone, MO
    Use of a Health Risk Screening to Influence Enrollment in the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program at Balls Food Stores
  • Erica Wilkinson, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, Dillons Pharmacy, Wichita, KS
    Evaluation of a Community Pharmacy Based Travel Clinic on Patient Education and Satisfaction
  • Sha-Phawn Williams, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Realo Discount Drugs, Jacksonville, NC
    An Electronic Tool to Aid Community Pharmacists in Optimizing Care for Persons with Diabetes

About the American Pharmacists Association Foundation
The APhA Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., is a trusted source of research demonstrating how pharmacists can improve health care. The APhA Foundation’s mission is to improve health by inspiring philanthropy, research and innovation that advances pharmacists’ patient care services. The APhA Foundation is affiliated with the American Pharmacists Association, the national professional society of pharmacists in the U.S. For more information, please visit the APhA Foundation website Follow the APhA Foundation on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.