2021 Medication Adherence Team Challenge Winners

2021 Medication Adherence Team Challenge Winners

University of Charleston School of Pharmacy – WV


For the ninth consecutive year, the University Of Charleston School Of Pharmacy (UCSOP) enthusiastically participated in the Script Your Future campaign. For the 2021 campaign, UCSOP collaborated with the University of Charleston Physician Assistant program, the University Of Charleston School Of Nursing, and the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department (KCHD). For many weeks during the initial dissemination of the Covid19 vaccine, West Virginia was number one or number two in the nation for vaccine doses administered per capita. The University of Charleston (School of Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Program and School of Nursing) was consistently mentioned as an active participant in the Covid19 vaccination clinics in Charleston and the surrounding communities. As a result of their robust outreach, UCSOP was able to directly counsel over 45,000 patients on medication adherence, and successfully vaccinated over 50,000 patients in the community

University of the Sciences, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy – PA


This year will mark USciences’ fourth consecutive run in the Script Your Future Team Challenge. With the many restrictions imposed around social gatherings, the USciences team focused their outreach to social media. Student health professionals combined their Instagram educational content with the Script Your Future resources and created a theme of the week for outreach to the West Philadelphia community as well as their student population. In order to enhance their presence virtually, the USciences team introduced a new vision: Adherence is Everywhere, which captures the true nature of medication adherence as a holistic health intervention. To view the team’s video, capturing their outreach and the interprofessional nature of the USciences team, click here.

Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy – CA

Rookie AWARD

Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy conducted astonishing outreach for their first year participating in the Team Challenge. During the Team Challenge period, from February to April, the team participated in 15 vaccine clinics and 1 student-run free clinic for homeless men reaching an average of 1,087 individuals per clinic. At these clinics, their team communicated with the public about their medications. Over the course of the Team Challenge, the Loma Linda team successfully counseled over 63,000 patients and inoculated over 60,000 individuals against COVID-19 in their community. The team also observed an impressive high rate of return for the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, where 85% of Pfizer patients and 96% Moderna patients returned to complete their COVID-19 vaccine series. Amidst their tremendous outreach, the Loma Linda team even received a visit from CA Governor, Gavin Newson, commending the team for its efforts.

Howard University College of Pharmacy – D.C.

Health Disparities Focused Award

Howard University College of Pharmacy has proudly maintained their standing as the Health Disparities Focus Award Winner this year. Being the only Historically Black College of Pharmacy in the nation’s capital, Howard University students decided to educate minority populations on the importance of medication adherence and vaccine confidence, with an added focus towards the African American community in DC. In an effort to increase vaccination awareness among minority communities the Howard University College of Pharmacy partnered with local grocery store chain Giant, Unity Health Care community health centers, the DC Department of Human Services, and Howard University to set up COVID clinics. Pharmacy student volunteers, prepared, administered, and counselled patients about medication adherence and vaccine hesitancy.

Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy – PA

Media Outreach Focused Award

The Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Script Your Future team utilized a variety of media sources to help spread the word on medication adherence and vaccine confidence, and to promote their community events. The Wilkes University team produced a video on medication adherence featuring tools and techniques to help patients take their medications as directed. The team collaborated with local community pharmacies to use as the setting for the video, which you can watch here. Additionally, the Wilkes University team hosted a Facebook Watch COVID-19 Q&A with a School of Pharmacy faculty members, discussing the hot-topics of vaccine hesitancy in light of the COVID-19 vaccines being approved for emergency use authorization. To watch the video, click here.

University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy – PA

Creative InterProfessional Team Event Focused Award Winner

The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy team demonstrated a robust interprofessional partnership throughout their campaign outreach. University of Pittsburgh students participated in eleven mass vaccination clinics in partnership with students, faculty and staff from The University of Pittsburgh’s Medical School, Nursing School, Dental Medicine and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, in addition to the faculty and staff of the School of Pharmacy, and volunteers from the public. This interprofessional collaboration provided patients with a holistic approach to their health, from pre-screenings completed by both pharmacy and nursing students to patient monitoring post-vaccination in the resting areas by nursing, medical and physician assistant students. Utilizing this collaboration allowed other pharmacy students to provide medication education to patients who asked, including Script Your Future pamphlet distribution and personal conversations.

Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy – CA

Technology Innovation Award Winner

The Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU), College of Pharmacy team focused on the technological expansion of the school’s health information and infographics website. To facilitate this expansion, the WesternU team incorporated QR codes, an automatic text message system, a shortened website link, and social media platforms, which direct patients to the University website. The website counsels patients by providing a variety of resources for patients to help manage their chronic diseases and is readily accessible using a computer at home or any mobile device. The website is divided into different sections: Disease states, disease information from various health professions, and useful features such as a medication coupon and health insurance online search function. To visit the website, click here.

About the team challenge

  • Is a two-month long competition among health profession student teams and faculty for creating solutions and outreach in their communities to raise awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue.
  • Open to all American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) member schools and colleges of pharmacy and their inter-professional partners.
  • Has a team focus. All participating teams must include at least two schools of health profession, one of which must be a pharmacy school.
  • Was launched in 2011 as part of the Script Your Future campaign and focuses on medication adherence among patients affected by three chronic conditions — diabetes, respiratory disease, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Recognizes at least four teams for their efforts to improve medication adherence.

Schools of health professions can find out more information about how to sign up for the Challenge here.