Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Pharmacist Professional Advisory Committee

2020 Past Award Winners

USPHS Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award

This prestigious award recognizes pharmacy students who have made significant contributions to public health by promoting wellness and healthy communities.  Specifically, students are evaluated on their contributions towards voluntary health related services, an emerging public health issue, or contributions that advance the goals of Health People 2030 or the National Prevention Strategy. 

Today we face increasing public health crises in America evidenced by the rise of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.  With the advent of these public health issues, pharmacy students can play an important role in finding innovative ways to address these challenges.  Therefore, the USPHS would like to recognize and encourage students to learn about public health and engage in public health efforts in their communities.   

The Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy award is issued by the Pharmacist Professional Advisory Committee (PharmPAC) of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).  The USPHS is led by the Surgeon General and is made up of more than 6,100 Commissioned Corps officers that work on the front lines of public health – fighting disease, conducting research, and caring for patients in underserved communities.  This diverse team of highly-qualified healthcare professionals is driven by a passion to serve the underserved, and these men and women fill essential public health leadership and clinical service roles within the Nation’s Federal Government.

Now accepting award nominations for the 2021 Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award - Nominations due by February 22, 2021!

USPHS PharmPAC Chair Letter

USPHS PharmPAC Student Award Information Sheet

USPHS PharmPAC Student Award Application

2020 Award Recipients

    We recognized 90 pharmacy students from across the country as award recipients in 2020.  Of those, we selected ten top award recipients for their public health work that positively impacted their local communities and beyond. Click on the top award recipient's photo to learn about their public health work:

    Student Award Recipient

    Valerie Buckley
    Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy

    Student Award Recepient

    Harrison Ferro
    Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy

    Student Award Recipient

    Linh Hazard
    Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy

    Student Award Recipient

    Sandra Le
    University of the Pacific - Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

    Student Award Recipient

    Mandy Lynn Renfro
    The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

    Student Award Recipient

    Kaitlyn Riggs
    University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy

    Student Award Recipient

    Glenn Schiotis
    University of Charleston School of Pharmacy

    Student Award Recipient

    Alexa Swingle
    University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy

    Student Award Recipient

    Alexandria Taylor
    University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

    Student Award Recipient

    Jordan Wallace
    University of Florida College of Pharmacy

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