APhA Foundation announces 2023-2024 Incentive Grant recipients

January 5, 2024
For Immediate Release


APhA Foundation announces Incentive Grant recipients

Washington, DC—The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation is pleased to announce the 2023–2024 recipients of the Incentive Grants for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care. A total of 47 pharmacists and student pharmacists from around the country were awarded $1,000 grants as seed money to implement or support an existing innovative patient care service within their pharmacy practice.

Inaugurated in 1993, the Incentive Grants for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care is the APhA Foundation’s longest-running program. With the generous support of the Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) and other partners, these grants have facilitated the development of over 730 pharmacy-based projects improving the health outcomes of thousands of patients across the country.

“The Incentive Grant Program directly supports the development and implementation of pharmacy initiatives that improve access to pharmacist-provided health care services, especially for underserved populations,” said Benjamin Bluml, RPh, APhA Foundation executive director and senior vice president of research and innovation. “We extend our thanks to the Community Pharmacy Foundation and our other partners for their commitment to supporting pharmacists through practice innovation and improved patient care.”


Recipients are listed below.


Applicant name

Practice site

Project title/final report

City name, state

Rothholz Family Immunization Education Grants

Shayna Byers

Howard University

Bison Boosting HPV Vaccines

Washington, DC

Mya Desai

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

Student Perceptions and Uptake of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine During Campus Outreach Activities

Lexington, KY

Residents and their preceptors

Cody Beldon

Kroger Health

The Impact of a Community Pharmacist Referral on the Completion of Annual Wellness Visits

Cincinnati, OH

Victoria Blanton


Assessing Geriatric Perceptions of Naloxone After a Pharmacist-Led Consultation

Asheville, NC

Maya Boguslawski

Greenwood Pharmacy

Implementation of and Patient Experience with a Test-and-Treat Service in a Community Pharmacy

Waterloo, IA

Riley Clark

Moose Pharmacy

Patient Perceptions of a Subscription-Based Clinical Service and Prescriptions in a Community-based Pharmacy

Mt. Pleasant, NC

Ashanta Colemen

Mathes Pharmacy, Inc.

Bridging Technology and Patient Care: Investigating the Role of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) in Non-Insulin Dependent Individuals Living with Type II Diabetes

New Albany, IN

Kaileigh Collins

Campus Health

College Student Attitudes Towards Opioid Overdose and Harm Reduction at a Large, Public University

Chapel Hill, NC

Alyssa Cosselman

Baldwin Family Health Care

The Impact of Technician-Assisted Medication Therapy Management in a Federally Qualified Health Center

White Cloud, MI

Megan Ditzman

Osterhaus Pharmacy

Implementation and Evaluation of a Long-Term Care at Home Service in a Rural Community Pharmacy Setting

Maquoketa, IA

Lauren Flood

Walgreens Pharmacy

Community-Pharmacy Resident Led Diabetes Injection Technique Education and Disease State Optimization

Chelsea, MA

Tia Fulton


The Value of a Pharmacist-Led Remote Patient Monitoring Service

Little Rock, AR

Maria Gonzalez Chavez

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Targeting Blood Pressure, a Pharmacy-Led Intervention to Improve Hypertension Control in a Community Health Center

Evanston, IL

Abbas Hanaee

Safeway Pharmacy

Knowledge Gaps Among Maryland Community Pharmacists Regarding Cannabis

Rockville, MD

Mariah Hubi

University of Tennessee Health Science Center/Kroger Health

Improving Medication Literacy and Medication Adherence in Spanish-Speaking Communities Through a Community Pharmacy Intervention

Knoxville, TN

Madison Keller

Alberstons Companies

Assessing Patient Interest in a Pharmacist Lead Weight Management Service in a Community Pharmacy Setting

Philadelphia, PA

Kaitlyn Koch

Purdue University Pharmacy

College Students’ Acceptability and Perceived Appropriateness of Pharmacist-Led Prescribing of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in a Community Setting

West Lafayette, IN

Danika Lee


A Pilot Study: Creating a Process for Community-Based Pharmacy Process which Identifies Social Determinants of Health for Patients Taking Mental Health Medication

Morgantown, WV

Amy Ly-Ha

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

Use of Continuous Glucose Meters in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes who are Newly Insulin-Dependent

Jackson, MS

Nicki Mashayekan

USC Pharmacies

Patient Attitudes Towards Newly Accessible Over-the-Counter Progestin-Only Oral Contraception

Los Angeles, CA

Abby McCurry

University of Missouri Health Care

Implementation and Impact of Community-Based Pharmacist Follow-Up for Patients Newly Initiated on Antihypertensive Medications

Columbia, MO

Kaylee McNeely

Riverside Village Pharmacy

Syncing Success: Does Medication Packaging and Synchronization Improve Adherence and Patient Satisfaction?

Nashville, TN

Carly Messenger

Middleport Family Health Center

The assessment of medication adherence when transitioning between medication adherence packaging programs in a rural independent pharmacy

Buffalo, NY

Christy Nguyen

MercyOne Pharmacy

Implementation and Evaluation of a Vaccine Service within an Appointment-Based Medication Synchronization Program in a Community Pharmacy Setting

Dubuque, IA

Jennifer Tram Nguyen

Albertsons Companies

Assessment of the Impact of Social Determinants of Health Barriers on Community Pharmacist-Provided Nutrition Counseling

Boise, ID

Francis Palattao

USC Mann/Clinicare Pharmacy

Three-Year Impact of Community Pharmacist-Led Transitions of Care Model: A Retrospective Analysis

Los Angeles, CA

Elena Patestos

Weis Markets Pharmacy

Impact and Clinical Outcomes of a Pharmacist and Dietitian Co-Led Employee Wellness Program

Schnecksville, PA

Allison Potts

St. Matthews Specialty Pharmacy

Impact on Hepatitis C Treatment Adherence in a Specialty Pharmacy Through Introduction of Pharmacy-Led Standardized Intervention

Louisville, KY

Mariana Proffitt

Kroger Health

Impact of Pharmacy Technicians Utilizing Immunization Information Systems (IIS) in a Large Community Pharmacy Chain on Vaccine Administration Rates

Cincinnati, OH

Kaitlyn Queen

UNC Campus Health

College Students’ Perceptions and Barriers to accessing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for Prevention of HIV Transmission

Chapel Hill, NC

Elizabeth Riley


Type and Frequency of Health Information Requests Made by Chain Community Pharmacists

Indianapolis, IN

Shelby Rummage

Kroger Pharmacy

The Impact of Targeted Medication Review by Community Pharmacists on the Prescription of Migraine Preventive Therapy in Two Locations of a Large Community Pharmacy Chain

Hendersonville, TN

Carina Salazar

Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe

Expanding Pharmacy Access for Continuous Glucose Monitoring Services in a Predominantly Hispanic Patient Population with Diabetes

El Paso, TX

Sarah Salomone

Albertsons, Safeway

Comparing Patient Utilization of Pharmacy-Led Services Based on Geographic Location in the Chain Community Pharmacy Setting

Portland, OR

Ciera Sitton

Fred Meyer Pharmacy

Evaluating the of Impact of Pharmacist Led Mental Health Education on Community Mental Health Outcomes

Portland, OR

Kaleigh Steelman

University of North Carolina Community Pharmacy

Implementing an Opioid Pledge in a Community-Based Independent Pharmacy

Chapel Hill, NC

Faiza Sumra

Kroger Health

Evaluation of Comprehensive Medication Review Quality Performed by Community Pharmacists

Cincinnati, OH

Aishwarya Venkatachalam

HealthLinc, Inc.

Comprehension of a Drug Facts Label for a Newly Approved Over-the-Counter Hormonal Contraception Pill in English- and Spanish-Reading Populations

Mishawaka, IN

Hayley Wells


Pharmacist Impact on Changes in Patients' Attitudes Towards Smoking and Changes in Behavioral Measures

Kansas City, MO

Keondrece Williams

Harris Teeter Pharmacy

Assessing Pharmacist-Led Education on the Impact of HPV Vaccination in Men Aged 18–45 Years Old

Charlotte, NC

Luke Witkowski


Evaluating the Perceived Impact of Drug Shortages on Patient Care by Patients in a Community-Based Pharmacy Chain

Chicago, IL

Anni Yu

Western University of Health Sciences/986 Pharmacy

How Can the Pharmacy Profession Improve Equity and Access for the Unhoused Population?

Pomona, CA

Jacob Zanolla

HealthLinc, Inc.

Exploring Patient Perceptions of Pharmacist-Provided Tobacco Cessation Services at a Federally Qualified Health Center

Valparaiso, IN


About the APhA Foundation

The APhA Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, 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 United States. For more information, please visit the APhA Foundation website, www.aphafoundation.org. Follow the APhA Foundation on LinkedIn and Facebook for the latest updates.


About CPF

The Community Pharmacy Foundation is a nonprofit 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 CPF, please visit www.communitypharmacyfoundation.org. Follow CPF on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.