APhA Celebrates Pharmacists' Contributions to Increasing US Immunization Rates and Improving Health
The recipients of the 2018 APhA Immunization Champion Awards have been announced
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has announced the recipients of its 2018 Immunization Champions Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions toward improved vaccination rates within their communities.
"The APhA Immunization Champion Awards program helps us tell the story regarding pharmacists' contributions to and impact on the health of communities and as valued members of the immunization neighborhood," APhA Chief Strategy Officer Mitchel Rothholz, RPh, MBA, said in a statement.
"This year is the 10th anniversary for presentation of the awards," he said. "We applaud the more than 320,000 pharmacists trained to administer vaccines and who are making a difference in their communities."
The APhA Immunization Champion Awards consist of 6 categories of recognition: individual practitioners; friend of pharmacy's immunization efforts; corporation/institution; partnership with other health care providers and public health; community outreach; and pharmacy team member. Nominees were evaluated based on the areas of impact, collaboration, originality, and overcoming challenges and creating opportunities for pharmacists. APhA also recognized Merck, Sanofi Pasteur, and Seqirus for their support of this awards and recognition program
The 2018 Immunization Champions Awards are as follows:
Andrew DeMotto, PharmD, BCPS, NCPS (Whiteriver, Arizona)
Holly E Gurgle, PharmD, BCACP, CDE (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Tuong-Lan Nguyen, PharmD (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
Luis Rosado, PharmD (Morovis, Puerto Rico)
Friend of Pharmacy
Kimberly Battreall, LPN (Omaha, Nebraska)
Outstanding Career Achievement
William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
Albertsons Companies (Boise, Idaho)
Fred's Pharmacy (Arlington, Tennessee)
Project VACCINATE (Seattle, Washington)
Reeves-Sain Drug Store (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)
Brandy Turner, PharmD (Richmond, Virginia)
Pharmacy Team Member
Cecilia Dudero, CPhT (Santa Clara, California)
The American Pharmacists Association established these special awards in 2008 and made the first presentations in 2009, to recognize the value and extraordinary contributions that pharmacists provide to improving the vaccination rates in their communities.