The 2015 awards recognized individuals and organizations within the profession of pharmacy that have made extraordinary contributions towards improved vaccination rates within their communities. The awards were presented at the APhA Annual Meeting, March 27-30, 2015, San Diego, CA. The 2015 APhA Immunization Champions Award Program was supported by Merck & Co., Inc. and Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics.
There are six (6) categories of recognition:
Individual practitioners: pharmacists
Corporations / institutions: community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, long-term care pharmacies, clinics, etc.
Partnerships with other healthcare providers and public health: collaborations between pharmacies/pharmacists and immunization coalitions, physicians, nurses, public health departments, etc to address an immunization issue and/or provision of immunization services
Community outreach: activities conducted within your community to increase immunization awareness and delivery
Friend of Pharmacy: an individual who is a non-pharmacist and has supported, facilitated or advocated for pharmacists' role in immunizations. Individuals could include a coalition leader, community leader, policy maker, physician, public health official, reporter, etc.
Pharmacy Team Member: an individual who is not a pharmacist nor a student pharmacist who has been an advocate for immunizations and who has proactively identified at-risk patients for vaccination. Individuals could include a pharmacy technician, store manager, store cashier, etc.
Nominees will be evaluated in the following areas related to their immunization activities:
Impact: how did their work support / utilize pharmacists to improve immunization rates, education or access.
Collaboration: describe the extent of collaboration with other providers and/or organizations within their community or practice setting
Originality: describe the creativity, innovation and originality utilized by the nominee in achieving increased vaccination rate, access and/or information within their community
Challenges and Opportunities: describe the challenges and opportunities that the nominee encountered and how they addressed those issues.
Catherine Macpherson, Wallgreen Co.
Garth Reynolds, BSPharm, Illinois Pharmacists Association
Kenneth McCall, University of New England
Louis Jimenez III, Walgreens
Mayank Amin, BAPS Charities