STC Announces Project VACCINATE as a 2018 APhA Immunization Champion Award Winner

Industry: Healthcare

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has selected Project VACCINATE as a recipient of one of their 2018 Immunization Champions Awards, recognizing the individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions toward improving vaccination rates within their communities.

Phoenix, AZ (PRUnderground) March 2nd, 2018

Project VACCINATE represents a partnership among many key stakeholders in our community, including the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, Bartell Drugs, QFC Pharmacies, Washington State Health Care Authority, Washington State Pharmacy Association, STC and the Washington State Department of Health.

The main goals of Project VACCINATE were to: (1) increase immunization rates and state registry use through the use of ImmsLink technology with proactive immunization forecasting and patient engagement in Bartell and QFC pharmacies; (2) design and pilot a value-based payment model for immunizations; and (3) enhance pandemic vaccine preparedness by optimizing our operational plan for the existing statewide Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This project was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).

 “The APhA Immunization Champion Awards program helps us tell the story about pharmacists’ contributions to and the impact on the health of communities and highlights these valued members of the immunization neighborhood, ” according to Mitchel Rothholz, RPh, MBA, APhA, Chief Strategy Officer.  This year is the 10th anniversary for presenting the awards.  We applaud the more than 320,000 pharmacists trained to administer vaccines,who are making a difference in their communities.”

The APhA Immunization Champion Awards, established in 2008, consist of six categories of recognition: individual practitioner; friend of pharmacy in immunization efforts; corporation/institution; partnership with other health care providers and public health; community outreach; and pharmacy team member. Nominees were evaluated based on area of impact, collaboration, originality, and ability to overcome challenges and create opportunities for pharmacists.

The 2018 Immunization Champions Awards are as follows:


National Winners

Andrew DeMotto, PharmD, BCPS, NCPS (Whiteriver, AZ)

Holly E Gurgle, PharmD, BCACP, CDE (Salt Lake City, UT)

Honorable Mention

Tuong-Lan Nguyen, PharmD (Broken Arrow, OK)

Luis Rosado, PharmD (Morovis, PR)


National Winner

Kimberly Battreall, LPN (Omaha, NE)


National Winner

William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH (Saint Paul, MN)


National Winner

Albertsons Companies (Boise, ID)

Honorable Mention

Fred’s Pharmacy (Memphis, TN)


National Winner

Project VACCINATE (Seattle, WA)


National Winner

  • Reeves-Sain Drug Store (Murfreesboro, TN)

Honorable Mention

  • Brandy Turner, PharmD (Richmond, VA)


National Winner

  • Cecilia Dudero, CPhT (Santa Clara, CA)

Project VACCINATE is part of a larger initiative with three sub-awardees spanning four states to increase adult immunization rates.  The demonstration projects are supported by grant Federal Award Identification Number (FAIN) IH23IP000985 for $800,000, funded by the CDC. NACDS contributed an additional $300,000 to execute the demonstration projects.  Given these contributions, each sub-awardee received approximately 67% ($200,000) of the funding from the CDC and approximately 33% ($100,000) from NACDS to implement the demonstration project. A total of $1.1 million will be used to complete CDC project work, with 73% coming from the CDC and 27% from NACDS.

About STChealth

As key members of the immunization ecosystem, STChealth has spent 32 years developing public health immunization systems used across the U.S. and internationally. And now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, STChealth is being called to action to enable consumer-facing digital test results and immunity status, increase data exchange connections to prepare for vaccine distribution and administration, arm our pharmacy network with the tools for lab reporting and case management, and assist providers, employers, pharmacies and Public Health with analytics to support decision making. STChealth’s National Immunization Data Exchange Network processes over 1 million immunization events daily, delivering valuable decision support and ultimately resulting in closing immunization gaps in care.

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