News Release

November 16, 2016

Innovative Patient Care Services are Focus of 2017 APhA Foundation Incentive Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation today announced 20 recipients of its 2017 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 metabolic syndrome, diabetes care, pharmacogenomics, medication adherence, specialty medications, and transitions of care.

“The APhA Foundation believes that awarding incentive grants encourages practitioners to foster new ideas and allows them to ‘lead by example.’ The Incentive Grants have been a starting point for many pharmacists to initiate projects that change and improve patient care in communities throughout the country. We believe these grants are very exciting and really promote thought leadership among pharmacists,” said Elizabeth Keyes, BSPharm, APhA Foundation Interim Executive Director.

This year, 20 Incentive Grants were awarded to help establish innovative patient care services in 12 different states. 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 2017 recipients by category are:

Student Innovation in Immunization Practices - $1000

  • Kevin Wissman, The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, Lawrence, KS
    Improving Pregnancy Care Through Influenza and Tetanus-Diptheria-Acellular Pertussis Vaccination Services at JayDoc Free Clinic

Residents and their Preceptors - $1000

  • Abbi Blevins, Kroger Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV
    Assessment of Patient Interest in Receiving Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Test in the Community Pharmacy Setting
  • Alexander Brewer, Wheeler Pharmacy, Lexington, KY
    Patient Awareness, Willingness, and Barriers to Point-of-Care Hepatitis C Screening in Community Pharmacy
  • Nicole Chamberlain, Kroger Pharmacy, Norwood, OH
    The Implementation of a Community Pharmacist-Led Targeted Monitoring Program for Patients at High Risk for Hypothyroidism
  • Cody Clifton, Moose Professional Pharmacy, Concord, NC
    Retrospective Analysis of the Financial Value of Patients Enrolled in a Medication Adherence Program at an Independent Community Pharmacy
  • Malerie Dooling, Walgreens Pharmacy, Chelsea, MA
    Assessment of patient engagement and satisfaction in community pharmacy to increase pneumococcal vaccination rates in high risk patients
  • Frank Fanizza, Hen House Pharmacy, Olathe, KS
    Drug Therapy Problems Identified Through a Self-Referral Transitions of Care Service Offered in a Community Pharmacy
  • Meghan Hackerson, Kroger Pharmacy, Cincinnati, OH
    Addressing Primary Nonadherence: A Collaboration Between a Community Pharmacy and a Large Pediatrics Clinic
  • Mandy Irvin, Rx Clinic Pharmacy, Charlotte, NC
    A Survey to Identify Barriers in the Implementation of Pharmacogenomics in Independent Community Pharmacies
  • Sarah Jones, Realo Discount Drugs, Jacksonville, NC
    Transition to Wellness: The impact of community pharmacist discharge education and follow up on 30-day readmission rates for patients with COPD, heart failure, and diabetes
  • Ayoung Kim, Heart of Ohio Family Health, Columbus, OH
    Enhancement and expansion of pharmacist-led, group prediabetes education classes for medically underserved patients
  • Jonathan Kovac, Giant Eagle Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA
    Eliciting Successful Patient Engagement Methods by Pharmacists and Technicians in a Regional Grocery Chain Pharmacy
  • Lauren Lockus, Walgreens Pharmacy, Saint Louis, MO
    Physician and pharmacist perception of barriers to collaborative drug therapy monitoring services in Missouri
  • Taylor Mathis, Kroger Pharmacy, Amelia, OH
    Phamily Matters: A look at the role social support plays in improving the outcomes of pharmacist-delivered disease state management services
  • Lena McDowell, Right Way Meds, Holly Springs, MS
    Comparison of outcomes for patients with diabetes enrolled in different medication adherence programs
  • Stephanie Ostling, Mathes Pharmacy and Diabetes Center, New Albany, IN
    Perceived barriers to physical activity in patients with diabetes who set a 6-month movement-related goal
  • Nathan Pope, H-E-B Pharmacy, Austin, TX – (Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant)
    Implementation of a community pharmacy and health­system partnership to improve patient outcomes in transition of care
  • Chayla Stanton-Robinson, CarePro Pharmacy, Mount Vernon, IA
    Evaluation of Community Pharmacist-Led Interventions to Improve Adherence of Hypertension and Diabetes Medications
  • Lindsay Tsai, Kroger Pharmacy, Lewis Center, OH
    Impact of a Smartphone Application on Medication Adherence in the Community Care Setting
  • Ryan Wheeler, Realo Discount Drugs, New Bern, NC
    Effect of Community Pharmacist-Led Disease State Education on Quality of Life and Symptom Control for Patients with COPD and Heart Failure

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.