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IPA Foundation Awards First Outcomes Innovative Pharmacy Grants

March 17, 2017 - Through the Outcomes Innovative Pharmacy Grant program, the Iowa Pharmacy Association Foundation seeks to support innovative pharmacy practice initiatives in Iowa. For the program’s first year, the foundation has awarded $38,000 between these three projects: 
 
“An Examination of the Effect and Synergy of Combining a Medication Adherence Intervention and Group Diabetes Education” submitted by Melissa Ernzen, Pharm.D., from Mercy Family Pharmacy in Dubuque
 
“Creation and Implementation of a Pharmacy Performance Network in Iowa” submitted by Randy McDonough, Pharm.D., M.S., for the CPESN Iowa
 
“Pharmacist Led Medicare Annual Wellness Visits at a Family Medicine Clinic” submitted by Sara Wiedenfeld, Pharm.D., from Siouxland Medical Education Foundation
 
Each recipient will be required to present a poster on their project at the 2018 IPA Annual Meeting and the summaries will be published in a subsequent issue of the Journal of the Iowa Pharmacy Association.
 
The grant program stems from the Outcomes Innovative Pharmacy Endowment that was established by the original investors of OutcomesMTM, a medication therapy management, or MTM, service provider based in Iowa. In 1999, the Iowa Pharmacy Association provided seed money to support this innovative startup, which became a national leader in MTM services. Following the purchase of OutcomesMTM by Cardinal Health in 2015, the endowment was created as a way for those original investors to give back to the pharmacy profession and keep the innovative spirit and legacy of the company and Iowa pharmacy alive.
 
Applicants must be an Iowa-licensed pharmacist or an Iowa-based researcher working with Iowa pharmacists in an innovative pharmacy practice. Applicants must also be active members of the Iowa Pharmacy Association. The application deadline for the next grant cycle is Dec. 1, 2017.


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