APhA-ASP Operation Diabetes


Operation Diabetes seeks to help pharmacists and student pharmacists identify individuals in the community with previously undiagnosed diabetes and those who are at risk for developing the disease. In addition the program seeks to increase overall awareness of diabetes and the role pharmacists play in prevention and managing the effects of diabetes. Conducting blood glucose screenings and educating the public on the risk factors for diabetes, the importance of medication compliance, and tight control on blood glucose student pharmacists can help individuals across the nation improve their quality of life. 
As student pharmacists and future health care providers, you demonstrate how the profession of pharmacy serves as an excellent resource in preventing the morbidity and mortality associated with diabetes. You have the opportunity to take your knowledge outside of the classroom and make a difference for the community. It could be as simple as writing a letter to the editor of a local paper highlighting the impact of diabetes education by pharmacists. It could be as large as conducting blood glucose screenings and foot exams at a major health fair. It all starts with one idea, one chapter, and one community.

Program Results
Operation Diabetes was launched as an official APhA-ASP National Patient Care project in 2001. Since that time, over 700,000 individuals have been screened for abnormal blood glucose levels. In 2018-2019 alone students had the following results:
  • 121 chapters participated
  • 15,376 student pharmacists participated
  • 906 faculty participated
  • 765 pharmacy practitioners participated
  • 1,299 events/projects held
  • 49,023 patients screened 
  • 3,785 patients referred to their primary care provider 
  • 36,334 patients received health and wellness services 
  • 1,114,281 patients educated through public relations initiatives 

APhA-ASP recognizes each chapter that implements an Operation Diabetes program in their community. One Chapter from each of the eight APhA-ASP regions are recognized during Midyear Regional Meetings. In addition, the eight regional winners, along with one national winner, and two national runners-up are recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition at the APhA-ASP Opening General Session and in Student Pharmacist magazine.

Online Resources

Operation Diabetes Award Report & Recognition

Recognition will be awarded to the top chapters nationally at the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition. Chapters receive the following cash awards:

National Award Winning Chapter = $1,000
National 1st Runner-up = $750
National 2nd Runner-up = $500
Regional Award Winning Chapters - Regions 1-8 = $250 


Operation Diabetes Report Submission

To be considered for regional and national awards for APhA-ASP Diabetes activities, chapters can complete an essay and submit a separate chronological list for the project events (e.g. Operation Diabetes Chronological List) within the APhA-ASP Chapter Achievement Report form. Guidelines and information on the submission process can be found within the APhA-ASP Chapter Achievement Report information


Operation Diabetes Regional and National Award Recipients

Join us in celebrating this year's accomplishments by watching the 2018-2019 Operation Diabetes Reflection Video

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 award recipients!!


National Award: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

National 1st Runner-Up Award: University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

National 2nd Runner-Up Award: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy


Region 1 Award: St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Region 2 Award: West Virginia University School of Pharmacy

Region 3 Award: East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy 

Region 4 Award: University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy

Region 5 Award: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Region 6 Award: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy

Region 7 Award: Idaho State University College of Pharmacy

Region 8 Award: University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy



Thank you to the Supporter!

APhA-ASP Operation Diabetes is supported by Rite Aid.




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