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Press Release

March 07, 2023

ASHP Foundation Awards Nearly $40,000 in Grant Funding for DEI-Focused Research

The ASHP Foundation (Foundation) recently awarded nearly $40,000 to four researchers through the Pharmacy Leadership Scholars™ research grant program. This competitive grant program supports meaningful research and builds a community of leaders to spread and sustain change and promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to healthcare. The Pharmacy Leadership Scholars program is supported by Chiesi.

The grant program supports the recommendations of the ASHP Task Force on Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

In addition to receiving up to $10,000 per grant for their research, the grant recipients will participate in a distance-engagement component to support their project progress, enhance their leadership and research skills, and expand the network of pharmacists positioned to lead for equity.

“The distance-engagement component of the Pharmacy Leadership Scholars Program is an innovation to traditional research grants,” said ASHP Foundation CEO Steven A. Rubloff. “Providing the Scholars the opportunity to collaborate in finding solutions to DEI-related challenges will have a lasting impact on the practice of pharmacy and, ultimately, patient care.” 

The diversity focus for the 2023 program cycle is race/ethnicity. The researchers and projects receiving funding are:

Judy Huang, PharmD, PhD
Danbury Hospital - Nuvance Health, Danbury, CT
Cultivating Intercultural Competence in Pharmacy Practice

Tarek Kassem, PharmD
California Northstate University, Elk Grove, CA
Service-Learning Programs for Building Bridges with Local Migrant Communities

Amira Khater, PharmD
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, VA
Inclusive Excellence in Medicine: Diversity and Inclusion in Pharmacy Education within Integrated Healthcare Delivery System

Samantha Shaffer, PharmD, BCACP
Riverside Health System, Newport News, VA
Role of Implicit Bias on Prescription Duration of Chronic Medications

Learn more about this unique program at ashpfoundation.org/pls