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NACDS Foundation announces Pharmacy Partners scholarships, grants
April 29th, 2014
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation plans to provide $214,000 in scholarships and grants through its 2014 Pharmacy Partners Program.
Announced at the NACDS Annual Meeting, awards for this year's program were selected from 35 high-quality applications from deans of colleges and schools of pharmacy across the country, the NACDS Foundation said Monday. Grants of $20,000 each were awarded to six applicants.
The six institutions receiving Pharmacy Partners Program awards this year were the following:
• Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, to develop a pharmacy residency program focusing on rural pharmacy care services.
• Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy, to develop a prototype model to facilitate improved patient care and enhance public health outcomes.
• The University Of Rhode Island College Of Pharmacy, to research pharmacist-led management for high-risk patients following hospital discharge.
• The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, to develop a pharmacy services training course focusing on completion of medication therapy management (MTM) interventions.
• Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, to advance a shared faculty position to study feasibility and interprofessional education of MTM services and improve training exercises for student pharmacists.
• Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy, to establish a program to provide medication management and other pharmacy care services to a community with unfulfilled health care needs.
The NACDS Foundation added that it will also award $2,000 in scholarships to 47 additional colleges and schools of pharmacy.
The 2014 NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Partners Program was supported by a group of 20 benefactors, including NACDS chain and associate members.
The Pharmacy Partners Program is designed to fund projects that aim to improve patient care. Colleges and schools of pharmacy were asked to submit applications for projects that may include community pharmacy residencies or shared faculty positions, community-based research projects, and patient-centered coursework or other innovative curricula.
"These scholarships and grants would not be possible without the generous support of our community pharmacy and pharmaceutical industry benefactors," NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger said in a statement. "We appreciate their commitment to the foundation's Pharmacy Partners Program in helping to advance patient care and pharmacy education by supporting the next generation of leaders in community pharmacy."