WASHINGTON, DC – The American Pharmacists (APhA) Foundation today announced that Project IMPACT Immunizations has received the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Pharmacy Practice Improvement Award. The award was presented on September 2 during the opening general session of FIP’s World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2018 conference held in Glasgow, Scotland. 

The Pharmacy Practice Improvement Program Award recognizes a program developed and run by a FIP member organization during the previous year that aims to improve or expand pharmacy practice and innovatively envision the pharmacist’s role.

A multi-year initiative, Project IMPACT Immunizations was designed to evaluate what population health improvements are possible when pharmacists implement an innovative care model in community pharmacy practice settings to address unmet adult vaccination needs.

In 2017, the results of the pilot phase of Project IMPACT Immunizations showed that adult vaccination needs are better addressed when pharmacists have access to bi-directional immunization information systems (IIS) data that enables them to review comprehensive vaccination histories at the point-of-care.

“We are honored to be presented with this prestigious award recognizing our Project IMPACT Immunization program,” said APhA Foundation, Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation, Benjamin M. Bluml, RPh. “We want to express our sincere gratitude to the patients, pharmacists, project partners and sponsors for their participation as they are the ones who made this initiative successful.”


Bluml added, “We are inspired by the outcomes of the Project IMPACT Immunizations pilot and look forward to scaling the model and encouraging further innovations to engage pharmacists with their unique roles in improving healthcare in communities across the globe.”


The full report of the pilot project is published in Population Health Management



About the American Pharmacists Association Foundation (APhA)

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


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The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and is in official relations with the World Health Organization. Through its 140 member organisations, it represents over four million practitioners and scientists around the world. www.fip.org