APhA-ASP 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.

Program Results

Operation Heart was launched as an official APhA-ASP National Patient Care project in 2010. During the 2015-2016 campaign student pharmacists achieved the following results:

  • 87 chapters participated
  • 15,527 students participated
  • 1,194 faculty participated
  • 1,156 pharmacists participated
  • 1,222 events conducted 
  • 7,063 patients referred to their primary care provider 
  • 145,128 patients received health and wellness services 
  • 4,485,144 patients educated through public relations initiatives 

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 during the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition at the APhA-ASP Opening General Session and in Student Pharmacist magazine. 


Project Planning Guide
Overview of Operation Heart
Education for Student Pharmacists

Online Resources

Operation Heart 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 Heart 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

Operation Heart Regional and National Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 award winners!

Region 1 Award University at Buffalo The State University of New York School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Region 2 Award West Virginia University School of Pharmacy
Region 3 Award University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Region 4 Award University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Region 5 Award South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions
Region 6 Award University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy
Region 7 Award Pacific University School of Pharmacy 
Region 8 Award The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy University of Hawaii at Hilo
Second Runner-Up Award University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
First Runner-Up Award The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
National Award University of Maryland School of Pharmacy


Thanks to the Supporter!

The Operation Heart campaign is supported by Walgreens.

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