Pinnacle Awards

About the Awards

The Pinnacle Awards, established in 1998 by the APhA Foundation's Quality Center, celebrate significant contributions to the medication use process.


Award Categories

  • Individual Award for Career Achievement: Recognizes individuals whose actions have demonstrated exceptional leadership in enhancing health care quality and medication use. 
  • Group Practices, Health Systems, Health Care Corporations: Recognizes a significant scientific contribution and/or quality improvement project.
  • Voluntary Health Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Associations, Government Agencies, and Public/Private Partnerships: Recognizes health organizations that assist patients and their caregivers in achieving better outcomes from their medications.

Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.

Nomination Requirements:

1) A completed nomination form.

2) A nomination packet (PDF or Word document; not to exceed 10 pages) that includes the following:

  • A brief description of the organization and/or the curriculum vitae of key parties.
  • A narrative describing the efforts undertaken to enhance medication use quality, including a description of how the submission fulfills criteria for the award category. When applicable, nominations should present the work using the framework of continuous quality improvement to explain how the project has improved the medication use process.
  • Data and other information to document measurable improvements in the medication use process.
  • Letters of support, including letters from patients, pharmacists, and/or organizations that are affected by or familiar with the nominee’s efforts.

3) OPTIONAL: Up to 10 pages (combined into a single PDF or Word document) of supplemental materials such as letters, articles, and additional data/documents supporting the project’s/individual’s worthiness to receive the award.

Submission for entry grants permission to the APhA Foundation to use the information for editorial and/or educational purposes.


2016 Pinnacle Awards

The 2016 Pinnacle Awards nomination cycle is now closed.


Past Recipients

See a list of all of the Pinnacle Awards Recipients since 1998.

2015 Pinnacle Awards and Reception

APhA Foundation celebrated the 18th Annual Pinnacle Awards and Reception on the Potomac View Terrace at APhA headquarters on September 16, 2015. View images from the event.

2014 Pinnacle Awards and Reception

The APhA Foundation celebrated the 17th Annual Pinnacle Awards and Reception on Monday, September 15, 2014. Read the full news release about this year's recipients here.

2013 Pinnacle Awards and Reception

APhA Foundation celebrated the 16th Annual Pinnacle Awards Reception and Program on the Potomac View Terrace at APhA headquarters on June 24, 2013. View images from the event.