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Press Release

August 17, 2021

ASHP Foundation Announces Inaugural Pharmacy Leadership Scholars Grant Recipients

BETHESDA, Md. - The ASHP Foundation (Foundation) recently awarded nearly $50,000 to five researchers through the innovative new research grant program, Pharmacy Leadership Scholars™. The 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™ grants are supported by Chiesi.

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.

“Congratulations to this group of very impressive researchers awarded these important grants," said ASHP Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul W. Abramowitz. “These research projects have the potential to help expand the profession’s ability to create more supportive and inclusive environments for pharmacy professionals and the patients they serve, and equip pharmacy providers with evidence-based strategies to improve access to care and optimal medication therapy outcomes for patients.” 

The grants support the recommendations of the ASHP Task Force on Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

“The Pharmacy Leadership Scholars program aims to nurture researchers who can provide critical insights that will help the profession address the barriers to safe and effective medication use for all patients,” said ASHP Foundation CEO Steven A. Rubloff. “The Foundation is pleased to contribute this timely research program to ASHP’s longstanding work to address health disparities and support a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive pharmacy workforce.” 

The diversity focus for the inaugural cycle of the program is race/ethnicity. The awarded projects include survey and health services research. The researchers and projects receiving funding for the 2021 program are:

• Kiydra Harris, Pharm.D. 
Texas Southern University

The LEADRx Initiative: The Landscape and Environmental Assessment of Diversity in Post-Graduate Pharmacy Education

• Terri Newman, Pharm.D., M.S.
University of Pittsburgh

Identifying Barriers and Facilitators to the Use of Disease Modifying Treatments in Sickle Cell Disease: Analysis of Provider and Patient Surveys and Interviews 

• Caroline Sasser, Pharm.D.
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Influencers of Career Goals and Attainment Among BIPOC Pharmacy Trainees

• Erika Titus-Lay, Pharm.D.
California Northstate University 

Identification and Mitigation of Factors Which Contribute To Increased Cancer Health Disparities as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic; A Pharmacist-Led and Implemented Initiative 

• Cheryl Wisseh, Pharm.D., M.P.H. 
University of California, Irvine School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes-Specific Medication Regimen Complexity and Diabetes Clinical Outcomes

About the ASHP Foundation
The ASHP Foundation was established in 1968 by ASHP as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. As the philanthropic arm of ASHP, the Foundation shares ASHP's vision that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time. Our mission is to support ASHP by advancing the professional practice of pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce by funding research and education that improves health outcomes through optimal, safe, and effective medication use. To learn more about the Foundation's programs, visit

About ASHP
ASHP represents the collective voice of pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in hospitals, health systems, ambulatory clinics, and other healthcare settings spanning the full spectrum of medication use. The organization’s nearly 58,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For 79 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website,

Contact Information:
Steven A. Rubloff, Chief Executive Officer
ASHP Foundation
[email protected]

Aretha Hankinson
Director, Media Relations
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