Health and Wellness is becoming a higher priority in today's society. This is due to a variety of reasons including the “triple aim” of improving the experience of healthcare, improving the health of populations and reducing the costs of healthcare. Pharmacy is in a unique position to provide services that can provide health and wellness support to patients and organizations. Examples of such services include medication therapy management (MTM), counseling on health condition management, medication, vitamins, minerals, over-the-counter preparations and devices, detecting drug interactions (including drug-drug, drug-food and drug-disease) and administering immunizations. Pharmacies that are housed within food retail establishments are distinctive in that they have convenient access to products that can impact population health and wellness.
Expansion of the role of pharmacy in promoting and maintaining health and wellness should be explored. Colleges and schools of pharmacy, in cooperation with other health profession programs, have the acumen and expertise to examine, implement and evaluate various methods of assisting pharmacy food retail establishments in providing services to positively contribute to health and wellness. Introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences, pharmacy residencies and collaborations involving pharmacy and other health professions provide rich avenues to develop sustainable and replicable health and wellness practice models.
The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation have collaborated to provide grant funding for small conceptualization practice model activities involving pharmacists and nutrition professionals in food retail establishments. Three grants with a maximum of $5,000 each (no overhead allowed) were awarded in July 2013 to individual pharmacy school faculty at the Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale, Drake Univesity College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, who collaborate with a retail or independent food market to explore a practice model activity involving both pharmacy and nutrition. In addition, each award winner will receive $1,000 from AACP for required travel to present their research findings at the AACP Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas area), July 26–30, 2014.
Application Deadline: CLOSED on March 29, 2013.
AACP FMIF Health and Wellness Pharmacy Ideation Award Application Instructions
AACP FMI Foundation Health and Wellness Pharmacy Ideation Award Application Form