The American Pharmacists (APhA) Foundation has announced that Project IMPACT Immunizations has received the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Pharmacy Practice Improvement Award. The award was presented on September 2 during the opening general session of FIP’s World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2018 conference held in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Pharmacy Practice Improvement Program Award recognizes a program developed and run by a FIP member organization during the previous year that aims to improve or expand pharmacy practice and innovatively envision the pharmacist’s role.
A multi-year initiative, Project IMPACT Immunizations was designed to evaluate what population health improvements are possible when pharmacists implement an innovative care model in community pharmacy practice settings to address unmet adult vaccination needs.
In 2017, the results of the pilot phase of Project IMPACT Immunizations showed that adult vaccination needs are better addressed when pharmacists have access to bi-directional immunization information systems (IIS) data that enables them to review comprehensive vaccination histories at the point-of-care.
“We are honored to be presented with this prestigious award recognizing our Project IMPACT Immunization program,” said APhA Foundation, Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation, Benjamin M. Bluml, RPh. “We want to express our sincere gratitude to the patients, pharmacists, project partners and sponsors for their participation as they are the ones who made this initiative successful.”
Bluml added, “We are inspired by the outcomes of the Project IMPACT Immunizations pilot and look forward to scaling the model and encouraging further innovations to engage pharmacists with their unique roles in improving healthcare in communities across the globe.”
The full report of the pilot project is published in Population Health Management.