Dr. Vincent Idemyor is the ASHP 2023 Donald E. Francke Medal Award Recipient

Vincent T. Idemyor, a long time ABHP Member, is the 2023 recipient of the ASHP Donald E. Franke Medal. The award honors pharmacists who have made significant international contributions to advance pharmacy practice. Dr. Idemyor is the Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Management at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. He is recognized for his research work with antibiotics, Infectious Diseases, HIV/AIDS, and treatment management of patients in the United States (US) and Africa. He lectures frequently about the global impact of HIV/AIDS and serves as an advocate for the underserved population everywhere, presenting at national and international conferences. He has published extensively and has served as the lead international consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Nigeria, assessing the capacity needs for global funding to support efforts for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Vincent is the former Director, Department of Pharmaceutical Services at Advocate Bethany Hospital in Chicago and was the founding Assistant Dean for Professional Practice Development at Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy in Schaumburg, Illinois. He is the past recipient of the ABHP Research and Publication Award and the Benjamin Bannerker Award for Science and Technology. Dr. Idemyor received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from the University of Minnesota.

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Student Achievement Award Recipients

The award provides recognition to pharmacy students who have an outstanding record of accomplishments and service to the profession of pharmacy

Tierra Jackson is the 2022 co-recipient of the Association of Black Health-system Pharmacists (ABHP) Student Achievement Award. Tierra is a 2023 Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) candidate at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens GA. She currently serves as the National President of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) where she supports over 5000 student pharmacists across the nation in serving underserved communities. She is also on the National Student Advisory Committee for the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum.

Tanara Ellis is the 2022 co-recipient of the Association of Black Health-system Pharmacists (ABHP) Student Achievement Award. Tanara is a 2023 Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) candidate at the University of Oklahoma (OU) Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Tanara is one of the most active student leaders both in the College of Pharmacy and on the University of Oklahoma campus. She holds many leadership positions including the President of the OU Health Sciences Center African American Student Association.

Dr. Paul C. Walker is the ABHP 2022 Wendell T. Hill Award Recipient

Dr. Walker is the current president of the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP). He is  Assistant Dean of Experiential Education and Community Engagement and Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, and Manager of Pharmacy Patient Outcomes in the Department of Pharmacy Services at Michigan Medicine. He received his BS in pharmacy and his PharmD from Wayne State University, in Detroit, and completed his residency in pharmacy practice at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center. He also completed a specialty residency in pediatric pharmacy practice at the University of Tennessee and Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, Memphis, Tenn. 

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Dr. Angela Massey-Hill is the  2022 ASHP-ABHP Joint Leadership Award Recipient

Dr. Hill, Professor & Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, at the University of South Florida, Taneja College of Pharmacy is the recipient of the 2022 ASHP-ABHP Joint Leadership Award. Dr. Hill is a respected educator, researcher, and leader with a passion for reducing racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare and fostering a more diverse and culturally literate healthcare workforce. Throughout her career, she has leveraged her vast expertise and community relationships to train investigators to implement culturally tailored strategies for enhancing the recruitment and retention of diverse research participants, mentor the next generation of cross-culturally informed and responsive patient care providers, and ensure intercultural competent pharmacist care is available and utilized both locally and globally.

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Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act (Pub. L. 102-585) requires participating drug manufacturers to provide discounted prices on covered outpatient drugs, to eligible healthcare organizations known as covered entities, who serves the country’s indigent and vulnerable patient population. The intent of the program is to permit covered entities to stretch scare federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive health services. Covered entities realize significant savings by purchasing outpatient drugs through the 340B program. Covered entities use these savings to provide additional services that will benefit patients. The 340B program helps safety-net providers carry out their missions to serve their communities.

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Remembering the Early Defunct African American Pharmacy Schools

Celebrate Black History

The emergence of the early African American pharmacy schools ran parallel with the healthcare crisis created at the end of the Civil War where the deaths among newly emancipated African Americans were twice that of whites from the 1870s into the 1890s. The timeline also ran parallel with the period of post-Civil War Reconstruction and the enforcement of “Jim Crow” laws. To produce African American healthcare providers for the purpose of providing health care to their communities, separate African American medical and pharmacy schools evolved. Nine pharmacy programs were established for the training of African Americans between 1868 and 1927.

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