NACDS Foundation Dinner raises nearly $1.9M for public health, patient care initiatives

Sandra Levy
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Supporters and attendees of the 21st National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Annual Dinner raised nearly $1.9 million to advance the Foundation’s evidence-based research, educational programs and philanthropic initiatives. The event was held Dec. 4, 2019, in New York City.

The evening also featured presentation of the NACDS Foundation’s Excellence in Patient Care Award to two heroes in the important work of preventing and treating opioid abuse in Blair County, Pa.: Janice Pringle, founder and director of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Program Evaluation and Research Unit, and to Judy Rosser, executive director of Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships.

Pringle and Rosser have demonstrated tremendous leadership and partnership in Blair County, Pa., on Project Lifeline – a community partnership and research program initiated by the NACDS Foundation to address substance use disorder. The program is set for expansion, and the ultimate goal is for it to be scaled to assist communities and individuals throughout the nation.

In presenting the award at the dinner, NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger said, “The success of this project would be impossible without the everyday heroes integrated into the communities they serve. So, it’s my distinct honor, to recognize two incredibly deserving community champions, Judy Rosser, and Janice Pringle. They exemplify ‘unsung’ heroes. They’ve been on the front lines of patient care for decades, doing amazing work, changing the lives of others. With incredible passion and dedication, they turn ideas into positive community action.”