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12/21/2021

APhA names 2022 Immunization Champion Award winners

The Immunization Champion Awards recognizes individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions toward improved vaccination rates within their communities.
Sandra Levy
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The American Pharmacists Association has selected eight recipients of its 2022 Immunization Champion 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' and the pharmacy teams’ contributions to and impact on the health of communities and as valued members of the immunization neighborhood,” according to Mitchel Rothholz, APhA chief governance & State affiliates and executive director, APhA Foundation.

“This year is the 14th anniversary for presentation of the award,” he said. “We applaud the more than 500,000 pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians trained to administer vaccines and who are making a difference in their communities, especially during these challenging days of COVID-19."

[Read more: APhA announces 2021 Professionwide award recipients]

Nominees were evaluated based on the areas of impact, collaboration, originality, and overcoming challenges and creating opportunities for pharmacists. APhA also recognizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pfizer, Moderna, and VaxServe for their support of this program.

Individual Practitioner

  • National Winner : Jordan Smith, PharmD, AAHIVP (Carmel, Ind.)
  • National Winner : Alexandria Lavella, PharmD (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Honorable Mention: Jacinda C. Abdul-Mutakabbir, PharmD, MPH, AAHIVP (Loma Linda, Calif.)

Friend of Pharmacy

  • National Winner: Will Chang, JD (Irving, Texas)

Corporation/Institution

  • National Winner: Kroger (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Honorable Mention: USC School of Pharmacy - Los Angeles City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Honorable Mention: West Virginia University School of Pharmacy (Morgantown, W.Va.)

Community Outreach

  • National Winner: Jennifer Twilla, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP (Memphis, Tenn.)
  • Honorable Mention: Mayank Amin, PharmD (Schwenksville, Pa.)
  • Honorable Mention: Edmond Hudon, RPh (Boyertown, Pa.)

Pharmacy Team Member

  • National Winner: Amanda Hittle, BS (Springdale, Ark.

Lifetime Achievement

  • Michael D. Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP (Loma Linda, Calif.)

Read more: APhA Foundation announces 2021 Pinnacle Award recipients] 

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