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T his page contains information on documents authored by associations with funds provided by the NASPA/Merck State Pharmacy Association Grant Program in previous years.  We've collected this information for your convenience.  Contact the Association directly for more information on any specific document.


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Louisiana :  Strength in Numbers: Building membership through friendship

The purpose of this project is to initiate a high profile membership drive based on the many friendships among and between pharmacists across the state.
In recent years, membership has dwindled in many state pharmacy associations, reducing their strength of influence, quality of programming, impact on professional activities, stability of the profession, and reducing much of the joy of practice and professional camaraderie.  Overall activities of associations are stifled, since their main source of revenue is membership dues.  Other states could benefit from the survey instrument and the lessons learned.

Michigan Changing Perceptions Project       

The purpose of the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Changing Perceptions Project is to enhance public awareness on the value of the pharmacist and educate consumers on the healthcare services available from pharmacists This project is intended to “change perceptions” through graphic media and a hosted public event.  Pharmacists will demonstrate to the community the services they can provide as essential members of the healthcare team.

Washington :  MTM Implementation Toolkit: Starting with your strengths

The purpose of the project is to create the MTM Implementation Toolkit which equips community pharmacists with valuable tools to implement time efficient Medication Therapy Management (MTM) in the community pharmacy setting. The toolkit will place emphasis on the areas that pharmacists in the community setting have the greatest strengths and the most information to make informed decisions, cost efficacy management, medication therapy adherence, medication reconciliation, patient monitoring and drug related problem identification and management.

Wisconsin:  Development of a Medication Reconciliation Resource for
Community Pharmacists

The purpose of this project is to develop resources to enable community (chain, health-system, independent) pharmacists nationwide to perform medication reconciliation in order to identify and correct errors related to unreconciled medications.  Community pharmacists will be provided educational materials used to empower consumers to understand the importance of medication safety related to medication reconciliation.


2006 NASPA/Merck State Pharmacy Association Grants

Arizona : Bridging the Gap: Bringing pharmacists and patient care together

The primary purpose of this grant is to improve the quality of patient care by enhancing the collaboration of pharmacists working in hospital and community practice settings to  provide better continuity in patient care at admission and after hospital discharge.  A secondary goal is to strengthen, encourage and develop the relationships between pharmacists working in separate practice settings.  This practice model may be used by other states to improve interaction, relationships and collaboration between pharmacists working in separate practice settings.  Third, this grant project will demonstrate the value of enhanced continuity of care by pharmacists 

Pennsylvania : Government Relations Certificate Program for Student Pharmacists

The purpose of this project is to develop an in-depth training program for students in pharmacy schools related to Government Relations and advocacy.  It is designed to be an elite “certificate” program provided over a weekend with some advance study and a post demonstration project.  The program will be designed for a small number of students on an annual basis.  This grant is to help provide for the development of the program and its materials.  Certificates will be awarded to students who complete the program.


2005 NASPA/Merck State Pharmacy Association Grants

Georgia: Preceptor Development Program

GPhA and the Directors of Experiential Education from the three schools of pharmacy feel that this is a worthwhile project that will impact the future of pharmacy.  GPhA will create an article for publication in the state pharmacy journals, and a manual will be created and will include the Preceptor Development CD. 

Missouri: Methamphetamine Resource Package

This project will develop a package of resources for pharmacists to help them combat the spread of methamphetamine and more easily comply with legislation being considered nationally and on the state level that restricts the sale of pseudoephedrine

Virginia : Education Program: Preparing Pharmacy Professionals for ob Interviews and Understanding Benefit Options            

The purpose of this educational program is to prepare pharmacy professionals (whether pharmacy students, technicians, or seasoned pharmacists) for the job interview process and to help them understand the benefits packages they may be presented.  It will contain a two-hour curriculum to teach pharmacy professionals how to interview and give them an understanding of the various benefits they may be offered.   This program will be interactive, with the curriculum featuring both lecture and round-table discussions 

Wisconsin: Development of a Professional Communications Resource for the State Pharmacy Associations

This project will be designed in order to provide all NASPA members with two distinct but related products:  a professional communications plan and six months of professional content for state-based communications.  The communication plan will be prepared such that it can be customized to any state association and presented as original work to any board of directors.  The professional communication content developed through this project will be in the form of electronic messaging, website material and print material. 


Iowa: Health Literacy Improvement Program

The purpose of the Health Literacy Improvement Program is to provide pharmacists and other pharmacy personnel with knowledge, tools, and strategies to overcome the barriers presented by low health literacy so that pharmacists may provide high quality patient care services.

Minnesota: Equipping Pharmacists for Collaborative Practice

This project will focus on the development of a flexible, accessible educational program that will allow pharmacists to identify the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to successfully implement collaborative practice agreements (CPAs) in their pharmacy practice.

Ohio: Implementing Pharmacist Disease Management A Tool Kit

This proposal comes after numerous meetings of the Ohio Pharmacists Association’s Disease State Management Task Force and the Ohio Pharmacists Foundation, which concluded that pharmacists need a template to help move this essential service into mainstream pharmacy practice. The product will include suggested models for possible implementation, financial models and methods of projecting income streams, and a listing of various resources including software, forms, etc.

Wyoming: Patient Medication Profile Review Manual Guidelines to Aid Circuit Pharmacists in the Wyoming PharmAssist Program

This project will create a Medication Profile Review Manual for the Wyoming PharmAssist circuit pharmacists to use so the patient consultation is standardized and cost-effective. This will facilitate participation of community pharmacists and increased accessibility of the program. This will provide an opportunity for all Wyoming residents to have their own personal pharmacist investigate ways of controlling medication costs and at the same time improve outcomes, safety and compliance through the proper and prudent use of medications.

2003 NASPA/Merck State Pharmacy Association Grants

Delaware: Development of a Screening Tool for Lay Person Use to Identify Risks Related to Medication Use in the Elderly

This project will develop a screening tool for use by the lay public and caregivers to detect elderly persons at risk of adverse health events due to medication-related problems.

Illinois: Board of Directors Financial Training Manual

The purpose of this project is to create a financial training/reference manual for board of director members and staff that is written for individuals with little financial training. The manual will cover all pertinent areas of fiscal management, board responsibility and interpretation of financial reports. The manual will include all areas that are pertinent to most associations, i.e. 501(C)(6), 501(C)(3) and for profit subsidiaries.

Michigan: Careers in Pharmacy Awareness Project

The purpose of the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Careers in Pharmacy Awareness Project is to increase high school students’ awareness of the various opportunities available in the pharmacy profession. The project will help attract intelligent, well-rounded, and involved students to the profession at the time they are exploring career options.

2002 NASPA/Merck State Pharmacy Association Grants

Iowa: Pharmacy Advocacy and Empowerment Project

Pharmacy Advocacy and Empowerment Project is designed to facilitate pharmacist and pharmacy student involvement in an advocacy initiative aimed at patient advocacy groups, other provider organizations and public health officials. The completed project will serve to benefit state pharmacy associations who are in need of tools to better tell “pharmacy’s story”, so that the pharmacists expertise might be better utilized in the health care delivery system.

This project will provide pharmacists and pharmacy students with hands-on empowerment tools to effectively advocate for safe and effective patient care delivered by pharmacists.

North Dakota: HIPAA Website Information for Pharmacists

The purpose of this project is to conduct an information gathering process and prepare reference and educational materials that will assist pharmacies and pharmacists to understand the implementation process and federal regulations related to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The North Dakota Pharmaceutical Association (NDPhA) has identified HIPAA as an area that will impact upon pharmacists and pharmacies in many ways. The NDPhA has prepared and printed preliminary information about HIPAA for its members but implementation criteria for some standards has not yet been made public. Recent congressional action may allow for delay in implementation of standards for transactions and code sets to October 2003 but there may still be certain aspects that affect pharmacy in October 2002. The implementation date for HIPAA privacy standards is still in place for April 2003. The NDPhA submitted this grant request in 2000 and it appears that no comprehensive sources of information have been developed since that time so we are submitting another request. It is essential that pharmacists have access to current information and develop an understanding of the impact that HIPAA will have on their practice in order to adequately take implementation steps to comply with HIPAA.

Oregon: Civics Guide for Pharmacists

This project will educate pharmacists about the public policy process, and provide them with practical “how-to” tools to help them make effective contacts with policymakers.

Many pharmacists want to educate policymakers about the profession and the issues it faces, but they have many questions about how to do so. Others have not taken the step of getting involved in the policymaking process because they simply do not understand how it works or how public policy relates to the practice of pharmacy. State pharmacy associations provide guidance to their members on how to contact policymakers, but small staffs and other resource limitations result in this often being done in a non-systematic way. Staff resources generally preclude “hand-holding” members through the process. A “Civics Guide for Pharmacists” will provide practical, confidence-building education and tips to encourage pharmacist involvement in the public policy process and provide associations with tools to educate their members.

Virginia: New Pharmacy Practitioner Marketing Project

The Virginia Pharmacists Association (VPhA) estimates approximately half of its new graduates opt not to renew their membership after their six month complimentary post-graduation membership expires. Realizing the need to retain new graduates as members, the purpose of the New Pharmacy Practitioner Marketing Project is to develop a marketing plan that will increase membership of new pharmacy graduates. This project will provide added value to recent grants that have focused on membership.

Wisconsin: Development of a Resource Manual for the Promotion of Optimal Medication Use Systems

This proposal recommends building upon the work of a Wisconsin consortium of health care, business and consumer organizations that has begun meeting in an attempt to collectively address the medical error issue. This program will develop material that will: 1) clearly identify, recommend and promote best practices for pharmacy providers, especially in the area of ambulatory care; 2) explain key concepts for consumers regarding prescription drug use; and 3) illustrate how health care purchasers can use system design to drive quality in pharmacy services.

2001 NASPA/Merck State Pharmacy Association Grants

Idaho/Washington: Protocol For Increasing Membership

This project will create a protocol for increasing membership and activity of both pharmacy managers and line pharmacists in state associations. Current trends show decreasing levels of pharmacist membership and activity in state associations across the nation. The protocol will: determine what will create value-added programs and activities for pharmacists; create a plan to implement programs that respond to those value-added programs and activities; and create a model of the protocol that can be implemented in all state associations.

Michigan: Over-the-Counter Medication Abuse Awareness Program

The project will develop a PowerPoint and slide presentation geared toward parents and educators of children who are at risk for abusing over-the-counter products. In addition to receiving the presentation tools, each state association will also receive separate instructions on how to get pharmacists involved and how to promote the program through local agencies. A secondary benefit of the project would be the promotion of the value of pharmacy to communities by forming partnerships with educators, substance abuse organizations, local law enforcement officers and others.

Missouri: Error Prevention Manual

Medication errors continue to plague pharmacists who work in ambulatory pharmacies. Pharmacists are victims of a system that does not provide the safety necessary for the complicated tasks they are required to perform. Safeguards must be identified and implemented immediately to protect patients, pharmacists and their staffs. The purpose of this project is: to provide pharmacists with tangible resources to decrease errors in each stage of the dispensing process; to build a repository for pharmacists to anonymously record dispensing errors, and to record corrections made to prevent the error from re-occurring.

Tennessee: Pharmacy Based CLIA Waived Laboratory Testing – A Guide For Implementation

The purpose of this project is to create a concise, step-by-step guide for pharmacists to assist them in establishing a program for performing tests categorized as waived under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988. The guide will provide detailed information needed to satisfy legal requirements and quality practice guidelines for performing CLIA waived test.

2000 NASPA/Merck State Pharmacy Association Grants

Arizona: Project/Workshop to Teach Pharmacists How to Effectively Interact with Patients

This project will develop a workshop format to identify types of medication dispensing errors that may be presented by a patient. The program will expose pharmacists to scenarios where a patient confronts the pharmacist about an error. The project will include: a pretest, video vignettes, discussion outline, and post test. At the completion of this program, the participant will receive a documentation tool which outlines necessary information gathering steps and a list of situation reminders and follow-up steps.

Maryland: Building a Bond With the Community Chain Pharmacies: An Effort to Better Represent the Community Chain Pharmacist

The focus of this project is to increase chain pharmacist membership in state pharmacy associations. This research project will attempt to discover and characterize the proper avenues state pharmacy associations should take to establish a link with chain pharmacists by first developing a relationship with the chain pharmacy management. Two surveys will be developed, one will involve current association membership and the other survey will address other state associations. Also interviews of community chain pharmacists will be conducted. The result of this study will be a pamphlet designed to inform chain pharmacy executives of benefits of association membership.

Nebraska: Nebraska Pharmacists Shortage Survey

This project will develop survey tools to quantify a state's pharmacist shortage. There have been numerous reports in local and national media that there is a pharmacist shortage, but there are no concrete numbers available to demonstrate the potential for dangers to public health. The Federal OES (Occupational Employment Survey) only captures "filled jobs". It does not survey for "open positions" or for those jobs which can’t be filled due to lack of pharmacists. We believe that it is this missing data element which leads job estimates in Nebraska to show a net decrease from 1996 to 2006. The OES data shows jobs decreasing for pharmacists in Nebraska from 1,250 in 1996 to 1,200 in 2006. Intuitively, we know a decrease in jobs isn’t accurate, but we are currently unable to measure the pharmacist shortage. There is not a concise survey instrument or reporting guideline available to professional associations at this time.

Ohio: Compliance and the Role of the Pharmacist

Compliance or adherence problems with medications account for billions of dollars in unnecessary hospital admissions, physician visits, medication orders and lost wages. The pharmacist is the most accessible health care professional and therefore well positioned to address this problem. A large percentage of the public are misusing medications, resulting in impaired health, loss of income, and waste of resources. This project will attempt to reduce noncompliance through education of patients, and assistance to pharmacists and physicians in providing necessary information on compliance to patients.

Virginia: State Pharmacy Associations’ Service to Pharmacy Students Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Project

The purpose of this project is to foster the relationship of the State Pharmacy Associations with pharmacy students. Organizations search for opportunities to impact the future of professional students because today’s students are the future of our professional organizations. A questionnaire will be developed to survey pharmacy students. Pharmacy students who haven’t engaged in the voting process have a difficult time in understanding a primary function of their national and state associations. Pharmacy students’ lack of participation in the voting process may be predictive of a lack of participation in their state pharmacy association.

1999 NASPA/Merck State Pharmacy Association Grants

California: Enhancing Consumer Awareness of Pharmacists as Health Care Providers

The California Pharmacists Association aims to pursue its goal by launching a multi-faceted media relations program. A two-prong approach is planned. Individual association members will be provided with communication tools like media training, press kits and "brown bag" events. The association, on the other hand, will identify key media opportunities including press conferences that involve association members and establish partnerships to broaden support for the consumer to consult with their pharmacists.

Delaware: The Development of a Manual for Pharmacy Based diabetes Screening and Education Programs

The purpose of this project sponsored by the Delaware Pharmacists Society (DPS) is to develop a manual for pharmacists which provides information on how to establish pharmacy-based diabetes screening and education services. Pharmacists are often taught how to provide care to individual patients but rarely have the tools needed to establish the structure for offering services. This manual will provide pharmacists with a step-wise process for planning, implementing and evaluating a diabetes screening and education program.

South Carolina: Student and New Practitioner Research for State Association Membership

This two-pronged research initiative will address the lack of involvement of students and new practitioners in the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA). Initially, SCPhA will conduct a needs assessment of students and new practitioners to learn more about this untapped subset of the pharmacist population that represents potential SCPhA members. The second component of this proposal will involve surveying members of NASPA regarding past, present, and upcoming students and new practitioners initiatives. Based upon the information gathered, SCPhA will revise existing programs and create innovative avenues for reaching students and retaining them as new practitioners.

South Dakota: Community Pharmacy Policy and Procedures Manual

The purpose of this project is to create a Community Pharmacy Policy and Procedures Manual that will assist pharmacies and pharmacists in operating their pharmacies in compliance with laws, regulations and current standards of practice. Various regulatory and credentialing agencies will be surveyed to establish the content for this boilerplate policy and procedures manual. The table of contents for the manual will include: prescription dispensing, support personnel, controlled substances, third party billing, risk management, physical security and pharmaceutical care.

1998 Grant Recipient Documents

Medicare Primer Information for Pharmacy Participants


The purpose of this project is:  to conduct an information gathering process and prepare reference material that will assist pharmacies and pharmacists to participate successfully and profitable as providers in the Medicare program; and to provide pharmacists with information that will create a better understanding of the Medicare process and assist them in navigating through the barriers to participation.

By: North Dakota Pharmacy Association Date: 1998 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Printed,Disk, or Online (125K File)

Professional Pharmacy Association Information Repository Online


The purpose of this project is:  to develop a repository for organizational management information specific to professional pharmacy associations and to make this repository available to each pharmacy association executive through a private web site.

By: Missouri Pharmacy Association Date: 1998 Distribution: Internal Formats: Online

Planning for Pharmacy's Future


The purpose of this project is:  to create a program to address the challenge of taking the pharmacy professional and economic challenges to pharmacists at the grassroots level; to present them with alternative futures from which they will be asked to make a selection; and to help establish the state association as a resource to assist the pharmacists with their alternative future preference outcomes.

By: Minnesota Pharmacy Association Date: 1998 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Under Development

Online Job Search & Recruitment Service


The purpose of this project is:  to create a cost-effective, website-based tool that can be used to generate non-dues income and provide valuable member benefits for state pharmacy associations; to give association members the ability to create personal resumes (available instantly for prospective employers) and to search for specific types of employment opportunities; and to give employers the ability to list employment opportunities and to search for available pharmacists with specific qualifications.

By: Michigan Pharmacy Association Date: 1998 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Under Development

1997 Grant Recipient Documents

Pharmaceutical Care Model for the State of Alabama


The purpose of this project is:  to develop a program to demonstrate the impact of pharmacists in the state of Alabama in reducing the total healthcare expenditures to the Alabama State Employees Insurance Board.  To evaluate whether or not pharmacists, serving as drug therapy managers, can reduce short-term disease state complications of chronic diseases and improve medication compliance in both acute and chronic conditions, thereby reducing the total cost of health care of these patients.

By: Alabama Pharmacy Association Date: 1997 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

Pharmacy Technician Certification Review Series


The purpose of this project is:  to provide pharmacy technicians and state pharmacy associations universal access to a home-study review course designed to assist pharmacy technicians in preparing for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

By: Iowa/Wisconsin Pharmacy Associations (Joint Application) Date: 1997 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Printed

Developing an Interdisciplinary Practice


The purpose of this project is:  to gather appropriate material and develop manuals and develop manuals for pharmacists and associations to use as guides for developing interdisciplinary practices.   The completed manuals will provide overviews, templates and examples. 

By: Texas Pharmacy Association Date: 1997 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

1996 Grant Recipient Documents

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1995 Grant Recipient Documents

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1994 Grant Recipient Documents

Creation of the Health Care Reform Resource Center



By: Georgia Pharmacy Association Date: 1994 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

Self-Care: Preventing Medication Misuse in an Aging Society



By: Illinois Pharmacy Association Date: 1994 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

Keep Your Options Open



By: Iowa Pharmacy Association Date: 1994 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

Immunization: The Pharmacist's Role



By: Michigan Pharmacy Association Date: 1994 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

Outcomes of Pharmacists Cognitive Services in the Long-Term Care Setting



By: Washington Pharmacy Association Date: 1994 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

1993 Grant Recipient Documents

CPhA New Pharmacist Mentor Program


The purpose of this project is: to develop an on-going pharmacist mentor program which will increase membership and participation in the association.  Thirty active association members will identify and mentor a new pharmacy graduate over a three-year period.

By: California Pharmacy Association Date: 1993 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

Development of Model Pharmaceutical Services, Disaster and Recovery Program


The purpose of this project is: to establish a plan to maintain pharmaceutical care and meet pharmaceutical needs of victims during major disruptions of public utilities, services and normally available health care services.  Also to develop a plan for recovery of affected pharmacy providers.

By: Florida Pharmacy Association Date: 1993 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

Missouri Pharmacy Association Survey for Chain Pharmacy


The purpose of this project is: to design a questionnaire to determine the employee/chain pharmacist awareness and perception of the state pharmacy association.   To assess the needs of chain pharmacists which can be fulfilled by the association and develop a marketing strategy aimed at chain pharmacists.

By: Missouri Pharmacy Association Date: 1993 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Printed Report

Operation Needle Shield - An Education Program for Patients and Health Professionals


The purpose of this project is: to design a program for patient education and health professional awareness of the safe and responsible handling of potentially dangerous needles and syringes.

By: New Hampshire Pharmacy Association Date: 1993 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

How to Make a Difference Through Community Presentations


The purpose of this project is: to create a community presentation kit which motivates, trains, and increases the comfort level by following a step-by-step approach.   This program will help pharmacists participate in the "war on drugs".

By: Pennsylvania Pharmacy Association Date: 1993 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

All I Need to Know to Market My Association Journal to Potential Advertisers


The purpose of this project is: to assist state pharmacy associations with successfully marketing their publication to new advertisers, and ultimately increase the number of advertisers and advertising revenue for the journal.

By: South Carolina Pharmacy Association Date: 1993 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

Development of  a Comprehensive Hospice Resource Handbook for Pharmacists


The purpose of this project is: to develop a comprehensive resource packet which can be used by pharmacists to better interact with hospice organizations and patients.  To education pharmacists about the hospice movement and the care of terminal patients, and the assist them in optimizing the care of these patients.

By: Wisconsin Pharmacy Association Date: 1993 Distribution: Unknown Formats: Unknown

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