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Membership: Pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

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Founded: October 6, 1852 in Philadelphia, PA

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APhA Announces 2022 Immunization Champion Award Winners

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has selected eight recipients of its 2022 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 14th anniversary for presentation of the award,” he said. “We applaud the more than 500,000 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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pfizer, Moderna, and VaxServe for their support of this program.

Individual Practitioner

National Winner : Jordan Smith, PharmD, AAHIVP (Carmel, IN)

National Winner : Alexandria Lavella, PharmD (Pittsburgh, PA)

Honorable Mention: Jacinda C. Abdul-Mutakabbir, PharmD, MPH, AAHIVP (Loma Linda, CA)

Friend of Pharmacy

National Winner: Will Chang, JD (Irving, TX)


National Winner: Kroger (Cincinnati, OH)

Honorable Mention: USC School of Pharmacy - Los Angeles City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (Los Angeles, CA) 

Honorable Mention: West Virginia University School of Pharmacy (Morgantown, WV)

Community Outreach

National Winner: Jennifer Twilla, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP (Memphis, TN)

Honorable Mention: Mayank Amin, PharmD (Schwenksville, PA)

Honorable Mention: Edmond Hudon, RPh (Boyertown, PA)

Pharmacy Team Member

National Winner: Amanda Hittle, BS (Springdale, AR)

Lifetime Achievement

Michael D. Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP (Loma Linda, CA)

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, pharmacy technicians, and other immunization stakeholders, are recognized as important members of the immunization neighborhood, with millions of vaccinations administered by pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians each year.

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