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NACDS Foundation names more PREP grant recipients
September 26th, 2012
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced 15 more academic institutions selected for the Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project (Community PREP).
In addition, the NACDS Foundation said Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the keynote speaker for the 2012 NACDS Foundation Dinner.
On Wednesday, the foundation said that under the $1.5 million Community PREP grant program, the following institutions will each receive a $50,000 educational grant: Auburn University, with practice sites at Adams Drug Good Neighbor Pharmacy; Midwestern University-Chicago, with practice sites at Supervalu; Northeastern University, with practice sites at Walgreens; Pacific University, with practice sites at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center; Rosalind Franklin University, with practice sites at Northshore University Health System; Southwestern Oklahoma State University, with practice sites at Walgreens; University of Mississippi, with practice sites at Funderburk's Pharmacy; University of New England, with practice sites at Martins Point Health Center; University of North Carolina, with practice sites at The Kroger Co.; University of Pittsburgh, with practice sites at Giant Eagle; University of Rhode Island, with practice sites at Rite Aid; University of Texas-Austin, with practice sites at H-E-B; Virginia Commonwealth University, with practice sites at Jefferson Good Neighbor Pharmacy; West Virginia University, with practice sites at The Kroger Co.; and Western New England University, with practice sites at Big Y Foods.
Community PREP now has provided funding to create 30 new, post-graduate community pharmacy residencies through grants to nonprofit schools and colleges of pharmacy, the NACDS Foundation said. Pharmacy residencies provide opportunities for residents to continue their education and pursue research under the tutelage of clinical pharmacists in a community pharmacy setting.
"As part of our ongoing commitment to improve patient health outcomes, the foundation is excited to give community pharmacy residents a strong platform of post-graduate educational opportunities," statedd NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. "We congratulate these 15 institutions for their outstanding residency programs, which foster a learning environment focused on innovations in the delivery of patient care services."
Grant recipients are determined based on the recommendations of an independent review committee comprised of representatives from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association and NACDS Foundation.
On Tuesday, the foundation said Powell's address at the NACDS Foundation Dinner in New York City on Nov. 27 will highlight his decades of public service.
"General Colin Powell's insights as a public servant — as a member of the U.S. Army, a diplomat and a philanthropist — will inspire benefactors and guests at the NACDS Foundation Dinner," Jaeger commented. "We look forward to his reflections on his five decades of global and local leadership, including a second-to-none commitment to education and to our youth."
Rising to a highly-decorated, four-star Army general in his 35-year military career, Powell served in high-ranking military and diplomatic capacities across four presidential administrations. He was national security advisor under President Ronald Reagan. He also had the distinction of becoming the youngest officer and first African-American to hold the post of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. Powell served as the 65th secretary of state under Bush.
"We thank our generous benefactors for their support of the work of the NACDS Foundation," stated Jaeger. "This annual dinner is an important opportunity to present highly relevant insights on an evening that celebrates the NACDS Foundation's highly relevant work to advance public health."