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Published on Thursday, December 9, 2021

American Pharmacists Association Announces Recipients of 2022 Awards and Honors

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) today announced the selection of recipients of the Professionwide Awards as part of the 2022 APhA Awards and Honors Program.

Honorees will be officially recognized at APhA2022, which is scheduled to take place March 18–21, 2022. The APhA Awards and Honors Program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the profession of pharmacy.

American Pharmacists Association – Professionwide Awards:

It was announced on November 17, 2021, that Peter H. Vlasses, PharmD, DSc (Hon), FCCP, of Glen Ellyn, IL, is the recipient of the 2022 Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor in pharmacy that is bestowed by APhA. Following are the additional Professionwide Award recipients:

Hugo H. Schaefer Award – Stephan L. Foster, PharmD, FAPhA, of Atoka, TN. The award recognizes outstanding voluntary contributions to the organization, the profession, and society. Dr. Foster is recognized for his commitment to advancing public health through his service in the US Public Health Service retiring as a captain in 1998 and long-term advocacy for pharmacy’s role in public health. His role as APhA’s liaison representative on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) since 2001 further showed his broad impact on the profession of pharmacy and public at large.

Hubert H. Humphrey Award Krista D. Capehart, PharmD, MS, BCACP, FAPhA, of Winfield, WV. The award recognizes APhA members who have made major contributions in government and legislative service at the local, state, or national level. Dr. Capehart is recognized for her contributions to drafting legislation, providing expert testimonies to local legislative committees, including educating government and state agencies on the benefits of pharmacists' direct involvement in increasing access to the services required to maintain public health and safety. As one nominator noted, her career has been an exercise in learning, serving, listening, teaching, and building relationships to advance advocacy efforts.

Good Government Pharmacist-of-the-Year Award Stephen Carroll, PharmD, MBA, of Benton, AR. The award recognizes an individual pharmacist who actively contributes to the community through his or her involvement in the political process. Dr. Carroll is recognized for his contributions to advancing state level advocacy efforts on legislation related to pharmacy benefit managers in collaboration with the Arkansas Pharmacy Association and his role representing pharmacist on a medical marijuana commission for the State of Arkansas. One nominator noted that his advocacy work and ability to communicate and mobilize grassroots support have been instrumental in advancing the profession of pharmacy.

Honorary Membership

Honorary Membership in APhA is conferred by the Board of Trustees upon individuals, either within the profession of pharmacy or outside of it, whose activities and achievements have had a significant positive impact on public health, the pharmacy profession, and its practitioners.

  • Joseph Janela, BA, CPA, of Fenwick Island, DE. Mr. Janela is recognized for contributions to revamping the financial process within APhA to allow the Finance Committee, Board of Trustees, and staff to be more agile in adjusting to areas of improvement and capitalize on growth areas. Additionally, he was integral to developing processes that led the Board of Trustees to be able to allocate seed money for the provider status initiative.
  • Bruce F. Kneeland, BA, of Prescott, AZ. Mr. Kneeland is recognized for his career service to supporting community pharmacy practice by providing business development, sales, marketing, project management, and public relations expertise. Multiple nomination letters highlight his collaborative efforts in community pharmacy to advance the profession of pharmacy.

2022-23 Honorary President Mary L. Euler, PharmD, FAPhA, of Union Town, PA. Honorary President of APhA is elected by the APhA membership and recognized a member who has made significant contributions to the Association. Dr. Euler was successfully elected in the 2021 APhA election cycle to receive this honor. Dr. Euler is being recognized as the 2022 APhA Honorary President for her career long impact on developing pharmacy leaders through over 20 years as Executive Director for the Pharmacy Leadership Society Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) and providing mentorship and support to student pharmacists through multiple faculty positions for over 30 years. One nominator noted that “Mary’s selflessness in the giving of her time and talent models for others that servant leadership is not a meeting or a moment, but rather a way of life and demeanor.”

2023-24 Honorary President – James A. Ponto, BSPharm, MS, RPh, BCNP, of Iowa City, IA. Dr. Ponto has been slated as the 2023-24 Honorary President of APhA and will be on the 2022 APhA election ballot to have this honor conferred by the Association for his for more than 25 years of sustained and countless contributions to the growth and acceptance of pharmacy's first specialty practice area—nuclear pharmacy. Though now retired, for more than 40 years he continually gave back to inspire and enlighten countless individuals through sustained academic achievement in pharmacy and medical classroom settings.

Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award Nanci L. Murphy, PharmD, BPharm, of Sammamish, WA. The award recognizes an individual who has promoted and encouraged pharmacists to attain leadership positions through example, acting as a role model and mentor. Dr. Murphy is recognized for her keen eye for student pharmacist leaders and ability to help them discover and leverage their individualized strengths to lead in their community and other practice settings. Nominators describe her as being quick to respond and giving her full and focused attention while truly having their bests interest at heart.

Distinguished Federal Pharmacist Award Gregory M. Sarchet, PharmD, BCPS, of Pinetop, AZ. The award recognizes pharmacists who distinguish themselves and the profession through outstanding contributions in federal pharmacy practice resulting in significant improvements in the nation's health and the populations they serve. Dr. Sarchet served as commander in the Public Health Services and is recognized for his work implementing mentorship programs for pharmacy-based immunization practices throughout Indian Health Service (IHS). He was also a primary subject matter expert to support drafting the third amendment of the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act). This amendment authorized pharmacists to prescribe and administer COVID-19 vaccinations, including to pediatric patients.

Generation Rx Award of Excellence Heidi N. Eukel, PharmD, of West Fargo, ND. The award recognizes a pharmacist that has demonstrated a commitment to the mission of substance abuse education. Dr. Eukel is recognized for her long-term work as co-principal investigator of the Opioid and Naloxone Education (ONE) Program: a program that provides health care professionals with training, implementable programs, evidence-based tools, and coaching and outcomes measurements to screen patients receiving opioid prescriptions for risk of misuse and overdose. She pioneered one of the program’s key tools, an algorithm that assists pharmacists in making the appropriate risk-based interventions and led the development of pharmacist training on the tool and program.

Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award – Nathan D. Pope, PharmD, BCACP, of Austin, TX. This award recognizes a community pharmacy residency director or preceptor who has demonstrated excellence in precepting, mentoring, leadership, and community pharmacy residency program administration. Dr. Pope is recognized for exhibiting a high quality of character, welcoming demeanor, willingness to provide exceptional learning experiences, and making program adjustments to meet the needs of individual residents. Demonstrating sensitivity to barriers experienced by residency candidates such as budgetary and time constraints, he innovatively implemented virtual visits and performed regular quality improvement of the recruitment and interview process.

Recipients of the 2022 APhA Academy Awards and the 2022 APhA Fellows were announced earlier this week.

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