Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Pharmacist Professional Advisory Committee

2022 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 Healthy People 2030 or the National Prevention Strategy. 

Today, we face increasing public health crises in America as evidenced by the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic, opioid epidemic, 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 6,000 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.

2022 Award Recipients

    Congratulations to 90 pharmacy students from across the country that have been recognized as the USPHS Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award recipients in 2022. Of those, the PharmPAC Student Awards Program selected ten top award recipients for their public health work that positively impacted their local communities and beyond.

    Student Award Recipient

    Osama ElSherbini
    University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy 

    Student Award Recepient

    Kobi Griffith
    University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy 

    Student Award Recipient

    Ashley Lam
    University of Charleston School of Pharmacy 

    Student Award Recipient

    Carissa Leung
    University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy 

    Student Award Recipient

    Julia Nahle
    University of Michigan College of Pharmacy 

    Student Award Recipient

    Jacob Noble
    University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy 

    Student Award Recipient

    Reilly T. Oki
    California Northstate University College of Pharmacy 

    Student Award Recipient

    Joseph Sidoti
    Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University 

    Student Award Recipient

    Monica Sliwa
    Skaggs School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Diego 

    Student Award Recipient

    May Thandar
    University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 

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