APhA-ASP Operation Heart

Operation Heart

As the public’s most accessible health care provider, pharmacists can play a significant role in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In fact, studies have already demonstrated the value of pharmacists in improving cardiovascular outcomes. In 2009, a trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that collaboration between physicians and pharmacists resulted in better control of hypertension, the most common CVD and a major contributor to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

As future health care professionals and patient advocates, student pharmacists can support these efforts and address an unmet need in public health by helping patients identify and understand their risks for CVD. Through public awareness, community outreach, and patient-specific education on cardiovascular risk factors, student pharmacists can empower patients to take control of their health and prevent cardiovascular disease before it starts.

Through participation in Operation Heart student pharmacist will work in their communities to encourage lifestyle modifications, monitor associated risk factors, and provide education about medications for heart disease.

Operation Heart National Liaison: Ellie Balken (

Program Results

Operation Heart was launched as an official APhA-ASP National Patient Care project in 2010. During the 2021-2022 campaign student pharmacists achieved the following results:

  • 122 chapters participated
  • 7,803 student pharmacists participated
  • 565 faculty and staff members participated
  • 331 pharmacy practitioners participated
  • 806 Operation Heart events conducted
  • 1,249 patients referred to their primary care provider
  • 20,807 patients received health and wellness services
  • 197,513 individuals reached through public relations initiatives

Operation Heart Award Report & Recognition

APhA-ASP recognizes each chapter that implements an Operation Heart 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 2022-2023 Operation Heart Award Results. Join us in celebrating the 2022-2023 Operation Heart Regional Award Recipients. The National Recipients will be announced at the 2024 APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, FL March 22-25, 2024.

  • Region 1 – University at Buffalo the State University of New York School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Region 2 – University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • Region 3 – University of Florida College of Pharmacy
  • Region 4 – Purdue University College of Pharmacy
  • Region 5 – University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
  • Region 6 – University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Region 7 – Oregon State University College of Pharmacy
  • Region 8 – The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy

Report Submission

To be considered for regional and national awards for APhA-ASP Operation Heart activities, chapters can complete an essay and submit a separate chronological list for the project events (e.g. Operation Heart 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