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Published on Monday, April 12, 2021

APhA Announces 2021 Immunization Champion Award Winners

CONTACT: Frank Fortin

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has selected eight recipients of its 2021 Immunization Champion Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary contributions toward improved vaccination rates within their communities.

“The APhA Immunization Champion Awards program helps us tell the story regarding pharmacists' and the pharmacy teams’ contributions to and impact on the health of communities and as valued members of the immunization neighborhood,” according to Mitchel Rothholz, RPh, MBA, APhA Chief Governance & State Affiliates and Executive Director, APhA Foundation.

“This year is the 13th anniversary for presentation of the award,” he said. “We applaud the more than 460,000 pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians trained to administer vaccines and who are making a difference in their communities, especially during these challenging days of COVID-19."

Nominees were evaluated based on the areas of impact, collaboration, originality, and overcoming challenges and creating opportunities for pharmacists. APhA also recognizes Merck, VaxServe, and Pfizer for their support of this program.

Individual Practitioner

National Winner: Krista Capehart, PharmD (Winfield, WV)

Honorable Mention: Grace Lee, PharmD (San Antonio, TX)

Friend of Pharmacy

National Winner: Mike Popovich (Phoenix, AZ)


National Winner: Rhode Island Pharmacist Association (Warwick, RI)

Honorable Mention: Purdue University Pharmacy (West Lafayette, IN)


Community Outreach

National Winner: Brian Winbigler, PharmD, MBA Store (Maryville, TN)

Honorable Mention: Jeffrey Marentette, RPh (Grand Rapids, MI)

Pharmacy Team Member

National Winner: Sara Dreyer (Iowa City, IA)

The American Pharmacists Association established these special awards in 2008, and made the first presentations in 2009, to recognize the value and extraordinary contributions pharmacists provide to improving the vaccination rates in their communities.

Pharmacists, in collaboration with physicians, public health officials, and other immunization stakeholders, are recognized as important members of the immunization neighborhood, with millions of vaccinations administered by pharmacists each year.

About the American Pharmacists Association

The American Pharmacists Association is the largest association of pharmacists in the United States advancing the entire pharmacy profession. Our expert staff, and strong volunteer leadership, including many experienced pharmacists, allow us to deliver vital leadership to help pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians find success and satisfaction in their work, while advocating for changes that benefit them, their patients and their communities. For more information, please visit

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