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 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 2019-2020 alone students had the following results:
- 127 chapters participated
- 13,527 student pharmacists participated
- 756 faculty and staff members participated
- 717 pharmacists participated
- 1,003 Operation Diabetes events conducted
- 38,047 patients screened
- 2,283 patients referred to their primary care provider
- 37,512 patients received health and wellness services
- 5,177,628 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
We are excited to announce the 2019-2020 Overall National Patient Care Project Results. Join us in celebrating the 2019-2020 Operation Diabetes Regional Award Recipients! The national awards will be announced at APhA2021.
Region 1 Award: MCPHS University School of Pharmacy Boston
Region 2 Award: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy
Region 3 Award: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Region 4 Award: University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy
Region 5 Award: South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
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 Southern California 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 Rite Aid.