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APhA Foundation Awards 2014 Incentive Grants

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation announces the 2014 recipients of its longest running program, Incentive Grants for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care. The awarded grants offer pharmacists seed money to implement or support innovative patient care services within their pharmacy practice. The program has facilitated the development of over 500 pharmacy-based projects, improving the health outcomes of thousands of patients across the country. The 2014 program gave special consideration to projects that address one of the following focus areas: diabetes care, pharmacogenomics, medication adherence, collaborative practice agreements or non-traditional point of care testing. The 2014 recipients by category are:

Student Innovation in Immunization Practices - $1000

  • Cassandra Song – Washington State University College of Pharmacy – Spokane, Wash.
    Pediatric Immunization Training for Student Pharmacists

Practitioner Innovation in Immunization Practices - $1000

  • Donna Montemayor – H-E-B Pharmacy – San Antonio, Texas
    Evaluating Payer Perspectives on Pharmacy-Based Immunizations
  • Brenna Neumann – Collier Drug Stores – Fayetteville, Ark.
    Improving Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Access for Adolescents and Young Adults in a Community Pharmacy Setting

Residents and their Preceptors - $1000

  • Lindsay Andres – Fagen Pharmacy – Valparaiso, Ind.
    Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Medical Spanish Training Course for Community Pharmacists
  • Vaidehi Bhatt – Walgreens Pharmacy – Cleveland, Texas
    Asthma and COPD Education Services by Rural Community Pharmacists in Collaboration with a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
  • Courtney Bradley – Kroger Pharmacy – Cincinnati, Ohio
    Medication Management Program in Pediatric Patients with Asthma: A Community Pharmacy and Children’s Hospital Medical Center Partnership
  • Kendra Butler – Price Chopper Pharmacy – Overland Park, Kan.
    Implementation and Assessment of a Community-Based Medication Synchronization Program
  • Benjamin Culpepper – Kerr Drug/UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy – Chapel Hill, N.C.
    The Influence of Community Pharmacists on Star Ratings: An Analysis of Factors Affecting Performance Measures
  • Charles Frye – Brame Huie Pharmacy – North Wilkesboro, N.C.
    Hospital to Home: A Coordinated Effort between a Rural Hospital and Community Pharmacy to Reduce Readmission Rates for High Risk Patients
  • Jessica Gomez –Centro San Vicente –El Paso, Texas
    Developing and Implementing an Interdisciplinary Transition of Care Program Utilizing Medication Therapy Management and the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model Along the U.S./Mexico Border
  • Brigid Long –Columbus Patient Care Center - Kroger Pharmacy – Columbus, Ohio
    The Impact of Comprehensive Medication Reviews, Performed by Community Pharmacists in Collaboration with Emergency Medicine Pharmacists,  Post-Emergency Department Observation Unit Discharge: A Transition of Care Pilot Study
  • Ashley Neltner – Kroger Pharmacy –Cincinnati, Ohio
    Targeting Transition in Care Patients in a Community Pharmacy to Decrease Hospital Readmission Rates
  • Robert Newsome - Barney's Pharmacy - Augusta, Ga.
    PAS-II by a Community Pharmacist
  • Megan Pendley –Wheeler Pharmacy – Lexington, Ky.
    Impact of a Community Pharmacist Toolkit on High Risk Medication Use in the Elderly
  • Jonathan Rabey –Middleport Family Health Center –Middleport, N.Y.
    Assessing the Impact of a Pharmacist-Delivered Medication Synchronization Program on Chronic Medication Adherence
  • Nicole Stone –AxessPointe Community Health Center, Inc –Akron, Ohio
    Evaluating the Implementation of a Pharmacist-led Transition of Care Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Service in an Underserved Population
  • Roxane Took – UMKC/Price Chopper Pharmacy –Gladstone, Mo.
    Identification of Medication Discrepancies by Community Pharmacists During a Comprehensive Medication Review in Patients 1 Week Post Hospitalization
  • Ellen Varner –Catonsville Pharmacy –Catonsville, Md.
    Improving Adherence to Medications and Lifestyle Modifications in Patients with Diabetes

The Incentive Grants have been a starting point for many pharmacists to begin active involvement and leadership with APhA, the Foundation and pharmacy practice. The APhA Foundation believes that awarding incentive grants encourages practitioners to foster new ideas and allows them to “lead by example.” Questions regarding the incentive grant program can be directed to the APhA Foundation by phone at 202-429-7565 or by e-mail at

The APhA Foundation partners with the Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) to fund the Incentive Grants program. The immunization incentive grants program was developed by The Foundation and is now supported through the Immunization Fund.

About the American Pharmacists Association Foundation

The APhA Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., is America’s most trusted source of research demonstrating how pharmacists can improve health care. The APhA Foundation’s mission is to improve people’s health through 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