NACDS Foundation announces awards

Eight institutions recognized for their achievements at 2016 annual meeting.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation awarded $230,000 in scholarships and grants to six accredited colleges and schools of pharmacy for innovative educational programs and to two more institutions for excellence in diversity programs during the recent NACDS annual meeting.

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Selected from more than 40 applications submitted by deans of colleges and schools of pharmacy, six grants worth $20,000 each were awarded for educational innovation. The two excellence in diversity grants were worth $15,000 each.

The winners of the scholarships for excellence in education were as follows:

1. Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy, for expansion of patient access to community pharmacy MTM services with the development of a new Innovation Center. The center will pilot telehealth technology and align professional development with new models of care.

2. Duquesne University, Mylan School of Pharmacy, for a program to educate pharmacists in how to help prevent opioid-related overdose deaths through improved access to naloxone. The program, developed in collaboration with the Allegheny County, Penn., Department of Health, will also promote public awareness and community outreach.

3. University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, for the launch of a rural outreach screening program in West Virginia, conducted in collaboration with public health entities.

4. University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, for promotion of enhanced pharmacy services for underserved patients living in rural Colorado, for stronger interprofessional healthcare partnerships, and for examination of the impact on health outcomes of improved data-sharing among local healthcare entities.

5. University of New England College of Pharmacy, for the creation of a continuing education curriculum for prescribers and pharmacists that increases the appropriate use of Maine’s Prescription Monitoring Program.

6. Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy, for student educational programming that encompasses promotion of better pain management, detection of opioid misuse, and treatment of overdose through its Clinical Simulation Center.

University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy and Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences were recognized for their excellence in diversity programs.

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