APhA-ASP Operation Diabetes

Operation Diabetes is brought to APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) through a collaboration with Health Mart by McKesson.Operation Diabetes 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.

Operation Diabetes National Liaison: Annajita Rubio (

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 2021-2022 alone students had the following results:

  • 122 chapters participated
  • 8,679 student pharmacists participated
  • 401 faculty and staff members participated
  • 315 pharmacy practitioners participated
  • 680 Operation Diabetes events conducted
  • 14,618 patients screened
  • 1,715 patients referred to their primary care provider
  • 12,667 patients received health and wellness services
  • 2,637,327 individuals reached through public relations initiatives

Operation Diabetes Award Report & Recognition

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.


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 

Award Recipients

We are excited to announce the 2021-2022 Operation Diabetes overall results. Join us in celebrating the 2021-2022 Operation Diabetes National and Regional Award Recipients!

National Award - University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy

First Runner-Up Award - University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

Second Runner-Up Award - UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Region 1 – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Boston

Region 2 – West Virginia University School of Pharmacy

Region 3 – The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy

Region 4 – University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

Region 5 – University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Region 6 – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy

Region 7 – Oregon State University College of Pharmacy

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

How to be Considered

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

Thank you to the Supporter

APhA-ASP Operation Diabetes is supported by Health Mart by McKesson.