The APhA Foundation Awards 2019 Incentive Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation today announced 30 recipients of its 2019 Incentive Grants.  Twenty-eight grants are awarded for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care and two are awarded for the Practitioner Innovation in Immunization Practices. The Incentive Grants program supplies pharmacists with seed money to initiate or support existing innovative patient care services within their pharmacy practice. This year’s Incentive Grant projects encompass a variety of topics including mental health, diabetes and vaccinations.

“We are commemorating the 25th year of the Foundation offering incentive grants,” said Elizabeth Keyes, RPh, APhA Foundation Executive Director. “Thanks to the generosity of the Community Pharmacy Foundation and support from our loyal contributors, we were able to increase the number of Incentive Grants awarded and are proud to support even more pharmacists in their pursuit to improve the health of those throughout their communities.”

The Incentive Grants for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care 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 Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care incentive grants are supported through the Community Pharmacy Foundation, the Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant Endowment, and proceeds from the APhA Foundation Annual Fund.  The Immunization Incentive Grants are supported through the APhA Foundation Immunization Fund and a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


The 2019 APhA Foundation Incentive Grants by category are:


Practitioner Innovation in Immunization Practices - $1000

Shanna OConnor, PharmD, Bengal Pharmacy; Pocatello, ID

Implementation of a vaccination referral program for hepatitis C-infected patients


Stephanie White, PharmD, Lumberton Family Practice and Urgent Care; Lumberton, NC

Increasing Pnemoccocal Vaccination Rates in a Rural Community


Residents and their Preceptors - $1000

Melissa Beers, PharmD, Realo Discount Drugs; Jacksonville, NC

Value of a Standardized Module for Training Pharmacy Technicians Regarding Chronic Care Management Services


Chase Board, PharmD, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy; Jackson, MS

Measuring the Impact of an Insulin Education Tool in Assisting Pharmacy Technicians to Correctly Calculate Insulin Pen Prescriptions


Navya Clement, PharmD, RPh, Walgreens Store; Chelsea, MA

The potential role of community pharmacists in identifying gaps in cardiovascular therapy and vaccine recommendations in patients with diabetes


Elizabeth Davenport, PharmD, Walgreens; Indianapolis, IN

Pharmacist Preceptor Knowledge and Perceptions of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Indiana Community Pharmacies    


Sandra DeAnda, PharmD, Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc.; El Paso, TX

Opening DOORS (Doors of Opportunities to Realize Success) for Diabetes Education


Katie Dollar, PharmD, Price Chopper Pharmacy; Overland Park, KS

Public Awareness of Mental Health First Aid and Perception of Community Pharmacists as Mental Health First Aid Providers


Erin Drake, PharmD, Topeka Pharmacy; Topeka, IN

Utilization of a vaccination history screening during comprehensive medication reviews in an independent community pharmacy setting


Elise Durgin, PharmD, Goodrich Pharmacy; Anoka, MN

Pharmacogenetic testing for mental health medications in the community pharmacy setting


Alyssia Dyett, PharmD, Walgreens Pharmacy; Chapel Hill, NC

Workflow Tool for Community Pharmacies to Help Improve Adherence Metrics


Nidhi Gandhi, PharmD, BS, Jewel Osco Pharmacy; Schaumburg, IL

Impact of communication technique training on rates of naloxone dispensing


Nikkina Hankins, PharmD, Marcrom's Pharmacy and Wellness; Manchester, TN

Analyzing the Effects of the Community Pharmacist's Intervention to Promote Pneumococcal Vaccinations Among At-risk Populations within the Age of 19-64 Years at an Independent Pharmacy


Michael Hembree, PharmD, Albertsons; Boise, ID

Pharmacist Prescriptive Authority in Idaho: Assessing Delivery of New Health Services in Community Pharmacy


Shantel Houston, PharmD, Moose Professional Pharmacy; Concord, NC

Collaboration between a Community Pharmacy and Prescriber Practices to Address Primary Nonadherence


Nicole Jara, PharmD, Atlantis Pharmacy; Atlantis, FL

Community Pharmacist-Led Intervention to Identify Statin Eligible Persons


Samantha Kerr, PharmD, Richmond Hill Pharmacy; Richmond Hill, GA

An Evaluation of Pharmacist Interventions in an Enhanced Vaccine Workflow to Improve Patient Care in a Rural Independent Pharmacy


Lindsey Lagestee, PharmD, Osco Pharmacy; Darien, IL

Satisfaction with Levothyroxine Related to Concurrent Consumption of Selenium-containing Supplements and Foods


Megan Lazoran, PharmD, University of Missouri-Kansas City & Balls Food Stores (Price Chopper Pharmacy); Grandview, MO

Evaluation of adverse events and vaccine completion rates with recombinant zoster vaccine in grocery store chain community pharmacies


Brandon McCrea, PharmD, Kroger Pharmacy; Cincinnati, OH

Pharmacy Technician Involvement in Adherence Conversations for Star Ratings Medications in a Large Community Pharmacy Chain


Pooja Patel, PharmD, Safeway Pharmacy; Phoenix, AZ

Personalized medicine: consumers’ awareness, willingness, and barriers to receiving pharmacogenetic testing in a community pharmacy setting


Katherine Peters, PharmD, Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties; Corvallis, OR

Exploring attitudes of community pharmacists involved with Oregon Death with Dignity Act prescriptions


Shelby Ramion, PharmD, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc.; El Paso, TX

SALUDD MENTAL - Social services Access for Latinos in Underserved communities with Depression and Diabetes: barriers to and opportunities for mental health care from patient and provider perspectives


Alyssa Shoemaker, PharmD, Mathes Pharmacy; Harlan, IN

Patient Perceptions of Immunizations After Completing Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes


Whitney Simerlein, PharmD, MUSC Specialty Pharmacy Services; Charleston, SC

Assistance with Injectable Medications (AIM): Implementation of a Pharmacist-Run Specialty Pharmacy Injection Clinic


Lily Van, PharmD, G.A. Carmichael Family Health; Yazoo City, MS

Impact on glycemic control in patients with Type 2 Diabetes using student-run teleinsulin programs in medically underserved communities in rural Mississippi


Victoria Vaughn, PharmD, Sona Pharmacy + Clinic; Asheville, NC

The Effect of a Community-based Pharmacist Driven Disease Management Program on Clinical Outcomes


Magellan Yadao, PharmD, Walmart Pharmacy; Chicago, IL

Evaluating the Impact of a Pharmacist-Led Appointment-Based Medication Synchronization (ABMS) Service on Medication Adherence in Patients of an Inner-City Chain Community Pharmacy


Victoria Zhu, PharmD, Safeway Pharmacy; Ellicott City, MD

Patient Perception of Pharmacist Prescribing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention


Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant - $1000

Michelle Hon, PharmD, Smith's Food and Drug; Lehi, UT

Impact of Integrating Position-Specific Roles for Comprehensive Medication Reviews into Community Pharmacy Workflow


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


About the Community Pharmacy Foundation

The Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) is a non-profit 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 Community Pharmacy Foundation, please visit Follow CPF on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.