News Release

February 23, 2016

Ground Breaking Patient Care Services are Focus of 2016 APhA Foundation Incentive Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Making innovation central to patient care services, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation today announced 22 recipients of its 2016 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,” said Elizabeth Keyes, BSPharm, APhA Foundation Interim Executive Director. “The Incentive Grants have been a starting point for many pharmacists to initiate concepts that change and improve patient care in communities throughout the country. We think these grants are very exciting and really promote thought leadership among pharmacists.”

22 Incentive Grants were awarded to help establish innovative patient care services in 15 different states, as well as the District of Columbia. The Incentive Grants 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 2016 recipients by category are:

Student Innovation in Immunization Practices - $1000

  • Rachel Grolmus, The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, Iowa City, IA
    Reaching Out to the Underserved Through Preventative Health
  • Maritsa Serlemitsos-Day, Howard University College of Pharmacy, Washington, DC
    Immunization of College Students within the District of Columbia

Practitioner Innovation in Immunization Practices - $1000

  • Julie Large, Cavalier Pharmacy, Wise, VA
    Evaluating the Impact of Pharmacist Intervention on Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates in a Community Pharmacy Setting

Residents and their Preceptors - $1000

  • Annie Barry, Price Chopper Pharmacy, Kansas City, MO
    Hospital to Community Pharmacy Transitions of Care Pilot Project​​
  • Melissa Carrillo, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, El Paso, TX
    EXPANSION of Diabetes Education in a US-Mexico Border Community
    (Expanding services for Patients to Acquire Skills, Set goals, & Improve Overall Knowledge) 
  • Elizabeth Carter, King Soopers Pharmacy, Denver, CO
    Integration of Community Pharmacists in Transitions of Care (TOC) Services: Current Trends and Pharmacist Perceptions
  • Megan Engel, Osterhaus Pharmacy, Maquoketa, IA
    Impact of Community-Based A1c Screening and Lifestyle Education on Patients At-Risk for Diabetes in a Rural Area
  • Chris Gildea, Mathes Pharmacy and Diabetes Center, New Albany, IN
    Identifying Barriers to Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes after Completion of an Accredited Education Program
  • Erin Graham, Hen House Pharmacy, Olathe, KS
    The Effect of Multi-Dose Packaging on Select Medicare Part D Star Rating Measurements
  • Lisa Jacob, Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, Columbus, OH
    When “Personal Medicine” Meets “Pill Medicine”: Assessing use and acceptance of self-care in mental health management in an underserved population
  • Katelyn Johnson, Kroger Pharmacy, Cincinnati, OH – (Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant)
    Identification and Management of Metabolic and Movement Abnormalities in Patients Taking Antipsychotic Medications in a Community Pharmacy
  • Morgan Machen, Blount Discount Pharmacy, Maryville, TN
    Reducing the Burden of Diabetes Distress: A Community Pharmacy Intervention
  • Danielle Mayer, ACME Sav-On Pharmacy, Media, PA
    Increasing childhood influenza vaccinations in the community pharmacy setting: What factors are most important to parents?
  • Gina Pagano, Kroger Pharmacy, Upper Arlington, OH
    Clinical Rounding in a Community Pharmacy
  • Allison Patton, Red Cross Pharmacy, Excelsior Springs, MO
    Impact of implementing clinical community pharmacist involvement in transitions of care on rural hospital readmission rate: Pilot study
  • Hannah Renner, Walgreens Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC
    Closing Therapeutic Gaps for Statin Use in Patients with Diabetes
  • Laura Rhodes, Moose Pharmacy, Concord, NC
    Evaluation of a Vaccine Screening Program on Immunization Rates at an Independent Community Pharmacy
  • Nick Schulte, Price Chopper Pharmacy, Overland Park, KS
    Assessment of Factors Influencing Patient Acceptance and Perception of Comprehensive Medication Reviews
  • Emma Sew Hoy, Safeway Pharmacy, Pleasanton, CA
    Pharmacists' authority to furnish nicotine replacement therapy in California: Evaluation of community pharmacists' impact on smoking cessation medication access and use
  • Elizabeth Stivers, Kroger Pharmacy, Lexington, KY
    Assessing and resolving adherence to recommended non-influenza adult immunization schedules during an MTM encounter in chain community pharmacies
  • Breanna Sunderman, Kroger Pharmacy, Raleigh, NC
    Addressing Barriers to Tdap Vaccination: Training Pharmacy Technicians for Roles in Vaccine Advocacy
  • Charlotte Wilson, Apple Discount Drugs, Salisbury, MD
    Pharmacist led depression screening and intervention in an underserved, rural, and multi-ethnic diabetic population and the result on clinical outcomes




About the American Pharmacists Association Foundation

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