2022 APHA Award Group Photo at Salk Hall

With one of the largest sections of student and faculty attendance, PittPharmacy APhA-ASP Students – earned FIVE awards at the conference.  The students competed for these national awards among 144 schools/colleges of pharmacy nationwide, and received the following:

  • Operation Immunization National Award:  First Runner-Up
  • Operation Diabetes National Award:  First Runner-up
  • OTC Medication Safety National Award:  Second Runner-up
  • Overall Chapter Achievement Award – Division AA:  Second Runner-Up
  • Operation Heart Regional Award

Brooke Kulusich, PharmD Class of 2022, served as National APhA-ASP Speaker of the House – a nationwide elected position she has served in since July 2021.

Berenbrok and Mormer, prior to presenting at the APhA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Tx.

Melissa McGivney, professor and associate dean for community partnerships, and Sophia Herbert, assistant professor, serve as overall faculty advisors.  Drs. Joni Carroll, Kim Coley, Kelsey Hake, Catherine Rebitch, Amy Donihi and Karen Pater have all contributed to support the student’s patient care and projects that contributed to these awards. 

There were three faculty presentations:

  1. Ravi Patel, lead innovation advisor:  Preparing Current and Future Pharmacists for New Roles in the Digital World – Thursday, March 17, 2022
  2. Melissa McGivney, associate dean and professor:  All this Money:  Pharmacy Payment, Billing and Reimbursement – Friday, March 18, 2022
  3. Luke Berenbrok, associate professor, and Elaine Mormer, professor:  OTC Hearing Aids:  Partnering with Local Audiologists – Monday, March 21, 2022

Nine Posters were presented at the conference:

  1. Koverman MS, Herbert SMC, Carroll JC, Coley KC, Klatt PM, Ossman KL, McGivney MS.  Advancing Interprofessional Connections through a University-based Vaccination Center.
  2. Berenbrok LA, Tang S, Gabriel N, Guo J, Sharareh N, Patel N, Dickson JD, Hernandez I.  Access to Community Pharmacies:  A Nationwide Geographic Information Systems Analysis.
  3. Havens FM, Novack AG, Jeschonneck AE, Bowen J, Coley KC, Carroll JC, McGrath SH, McGivney MS, Hake KL.  Community Pharmacies’ COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts:  Partnering with their Communities
  4. Hake KL, Coley KC, McGivney MS, McGrath SH.  Community Pharmacy Interns as Practice Transformation Change Agents:  A Novel Statewide Summer Intern Program
  5. Tang A, Carroll JC, Richardson R, Gessler C, McGivney M, Coley KC.  Health Inequities in Vulnerable Communities:  Pharmacists Supporting Medication Adherence.
  6. Herbert S, Trinh M, Schmidt M, Maher R, Coley K, Carroll J.  Facilitating Implementation of the Appointment -based Model at a Rural Independent Community Pharmacy Chain.
  7. Spielberger M, Shagavah S, Connor S, Jonkman L, Isaac J.  The Role of the Pharmacist in Health-focused Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs):  Evaluating Factors Influencing Pharmacist Engagement.
  8. Kampas L, Schork C, Marciniak M, Hake KL, Coley KC, Rebitch C, Herbert SMC, McGivney MS, Carroll JC.  Vaccine Equity:  The Role of Community Pharmacists.
  9. Schmidt M, Tsuchihashi K, Patel R. Qualitative Approaches to Identifying Barriers and Resources in Technology for Effective Medication Adherence Interventions for Pharmacists in the Community.

Alexandria Rothey, PharmD. (’18), was named an APhA Immunization Champion, a national award given to select individual practitioners for their recent efforts in the push to vaccinate their communities. According to APhA, “When Hilltop Pharmacy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was cut out of receiving a sufficient number of doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the government, Dr. Rothey and her father, pharmacist Patrick Lavella (PHARM ’85), worked with state legislators to ensure more vaccines would be on the way to their area. She then forged ahead to vaccinate thousands of people in her community.”

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