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APhA Foundation Awards 2015 Incentive Grants

Number of grants funded increases in 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation announces the 2015 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 2015 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 2015 Incentive Grants Program is funded through a continued partnership with the Community Pharmacy Foundation and is supported by an educational donation provided by Amgen, which helped increase the number of grants provided this year. 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 2015 recipients by category are:

Student Innovation in Immunization Practices - $1000

  • Eduardo Fricovsky – UCSD Student Run Free Clinic– La Jolla, CA
    Pneumococcal Immunization Community Access Program: Bridging the Disparity Gap among the Underserved Population

Practitioner Innovation in Immunization Practices - $1000

  • Macon Carroll – Duren’s Pharmacy – Waynesboro, TN
    Evaluating the Implementation of CDC Pneumococcal Recommendations in the Community Pharmacy Setting
  • Cortney Mospan – ETSU  Charitable Pharmacy – Johnson City, TN
    Improving Pneumococcal (PPSV23) Vaccine Knowledge, Attitudes, and Access for Indigent Adult Smokers

Residents and their Preceptors - $1000

  • Mary Abdelmalak – Uptown Pharmacy – Westerville, OH
    Patient and Physician Perceptions on Pharmacogenomics Testing and the Role of Community Pharmacists
  • Gregory Blette – Kroger Central Division – Indianapolis, IN
    Evaluation of Pharmacy Technician Education in Relation to Community Pharmacy Vaccination Rates
  • Jacqueline Deiley – Duren Pharmacy – Waynesboro, TN - (Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant)
    Evaluating Hospital Readmissions After Initiating Community Pharmacist-Directed Transitions of Care Program
  • Aarthi Francis – Kroger Pharmacy – Cincinnati, OH
    Community Pharmacists and Chronic Pain: Developing and Implementing a Pain Medication Management Program
  • Jessica Hinson – Waterfront Family Pharmacy – Morgantown, WV
    Comprehensive Medication Synchronization Program
  • Ashley Kempfert – Dr. Aziz Pharmacy – Indianapolis, IN
    Effect of a Pilot Care Coordination Program on Compliance with Naltrexone Extended Release Suspension for Injection
  • Jonathan Lam – St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy – Cincinnati, OH
    The iHEART Study: Impact of Hypertension Education and RPh-led Therapy Management for the Underserved
  • Matthew Lengel – Kroger Pharmacy – Columbus, OH
    A Pharmacist-Led Fitness, Nutrition, and Weight Management Coaching Program: Patient Utilization and Expectations
  • Jacqueline L’Heureux – Jewel Osco Pharmacy #3111 – Franklin Park, IL
    Impact of Pharmacist-Provided Patient Education on Primary Medication Non-Adherence Rates for Chronic Disease State Prescriptions in a Community Pharmacy Setting
  • Leandro Llambi – Kroger Pharmacy – Cincinnati, OH
    Effect of a Pharmacist-Led Sleep Hygiene Coaching Program on Medication Possession Ratio of Sedative Used for Insomnia
  • Andrew Morris – Kroger Patient Care Center – Lewis Center, OH
    Evaluation of Collecting Patient Medical History Using a Standardized Intake Form and the Impact on Identification of Drug Related Problems in a Community Pharmacy Setting
  • Haley Palmer – Hen House Pharmacy – Olathe, KS
    Evaluation of Pharmacy-Initiated Interventions on Vaccination Rates in Patients with Asthma or COPD
  • Payal Patel – Jewel-Osco Pharmacy – Chicago, IL
    Impact of a Community Pharmacist Provided Medication Adherence Counseling Service on Patient Follow-up with Physician and Subsequent Medication Refills
  • Erin Pauling – TigeRx Pharmacy – Honaker, VA
    Evaluation of a Medication Synchronization Program and Associated Health Outcomes in Patients of TigeRx Pharmacy
  • Kevin Popa – Jewel-Osco Pharmacy – Lombard, IL
    Change in Patient Clinical Outcomes After Completing a Community Pharmacist-Led Diabetes Education Program
  • Katelyn Steele – Price Chopper Pharmacy – Overland Park, KS
    The Effect of Home-based Comprehensive Medication Reviews on Triple-Weighted CMS Star Rating Measurements
  • Samantha Strong – Centro de Salud Familiar la Fe, Inc. – El Paso, TX
    Community-Based Pharmacy Team Collaboration to Increase Access to Diabetes Education in a Community Health Center on the U.S./Mexico Border
  • Steven Swank – Five Rivers Health Center – Dayton, OH
    Impact of a Pharmacist in a Transitional Care Clinic on Readmission Rates and Adherence
  • Whitney Tooley – Fagen Pharmacy – Valparaiso, IN
    The Feasibility of Genotype-Driven Medication Therapy Management within a Community Pharmacy

The Incentive Grants have been a starting point for many pharmacists to begin active involvement and leadership with the APhA Foundation, APhA and pharmacy practice. The APhA Foundation believes that awarding incentive grants encourages practitioners to foster new ideas and allows them to “lead by example.”

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 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 Follow the APhA Foundation on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.