The APhA Foundation Awards Annual Incentive Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation has selected thirty pharmacists to receive an Incentive Grant in the 2019-2020 cycle. Twenty-eight of the grants are awarded for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care and two are awarded for Practitioner Innovation in Immunization Practices. The Incentive Grants program provides recipients with seed funds to initiate or sustain existing innovative patient care services within their scope of practice.

“We are grateful to continue our collaboration with the Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF),” said Elizabeth Keyes, RPh, APhA Foundation Executive Director. “They have generously supported the Incentive Grant program in championing pharmacists, residents and students who are introducing new ideas on ways to improve the health for patients in neighborhoods around the country.”

Established in 1993, the Incentive Grants for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care is the longest running program by the APhA Foundation. Incentive Grant funds have been provided for more than 530 projects that have improved health outcomes for thousands of patients nationwide. The Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care incentive grants are supported through the Community Pharmacy Foundation, the Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant Endowment, and proceeds from the APhA Foundation Annual Fund. The Immunization Incentive Grants are underwritten through the Immunization Fund.


This year’s Incentive Grant projects address some of the country’s most current health issues. Topics include an examination of patient knowledge and perceptions of opioid drugs and naloxone in a community setting; and, the analysis of community pharmacists’ knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices about Cannabidiol (CBD) products.


The 2020 APhA Foundation Incentive Grant recipients by category are:





CITY NAME          

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


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


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 Effects 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

Incorporating Components of Mental Health First Aid and 2019 American Pharmacists Association Adopted Policies Addressing Mental Health in a Community Pharmacy.

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


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.


About the Community Pharmacy Foundation:

The Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) is a non-profit 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 Follow CPF on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.