Hannah Fish, PharmD, CPHQ
Associate Director Education & Communications
Pharmacy Quality Alliance
Second Class of Students Announced for
PQA - CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program
(August 16, 2017) - The Pharmacy Quality Alliance is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 class of PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars. The PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars program is entering its second year with the continued goal to foster student engagement in performance measurement and quality improvement. Student pharmacists, supported by a mentor, will work to execute and implement their unique quality-based project concept they were required to submit as part of their applications. The selected scholars will then present the results of their work during the 2018 PQA Annual Meeting poster session.
"It is exciting to see how the interest in the PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program has grown between the first and second year," said Hannah Fish, Associate Director for Education and Communications at the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. She continued, "Many high caliber students applied for the program and we look forward to the scholars' growth in their understanding of the changing quality and performance-based landscape over the next year. Through our partnership with the CVS Health Foundation we are able to provide this unique opportunity to educate the future generation of quality-minded professionals."
"The CVS Health Foundation is committed to supporting future pharmacy leaders and is proud to partner with PQA to advance their education of quality performance and measurement," said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. "We are pleased to be working with these bright students and look forward to seeing the results of their work later this year."
The goal of this scholarship program is to support and recognize student excellence in projects centered on quality-related initiatives; encourage, promote, and improve education surrounding quality measures and value-based models of care; and foster student interest and engagement in the development of quality-related initiatives. The program provides a scholarship for scholars to attend the PQA Leadership Summit in November and present the results of their project at the PQA Annual Meeting in May 2018. For more information about the PQA - CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program please visit the website at
The 2017-2018 Scholars are:
- Alyssa Arway, PharmD Candidate 2019, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
- Linn Chie, PharmD Candidate 2018, University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
- Richard Dziallo, PharmD Candidate 2018, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Gabrielle Dziuba, PharmD Candidate 2018, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
- Bailey Eason, PharmD Candidate 2018, Purdue University College of Pharmacy
- Cori Gray, PharmD Candidate 2019, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
- Alexandra Grudeski, PharmD Candidate 2019, Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
- Johnathan Kloss, PharmD Candidate 2019, Duquesne University School of Pharmacy
- Cody Morcom, PharmD Candidate 2020, Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
- Kevin Nguyen, PharmD Candidate 2019, Howard University College of Pharmacy
- Michael Patti, PharmD Candidate 2019, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
- Angela Simon, PharmD Candidate 2018, University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Alfredo Traversa, PharmD Candidate 2018, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
- David Vermeulen, PharmD Candidate 2018, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
- Annette Vidal, PharmD Candidate 2019, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy
- Harry Vu, PharmD Candidate 2019, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
- Tyler Wagner, PharmD Candidate 2019, South Carolina College of Pharmacy
- Anne Williams, PharmD Candidate 2018, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
- Christopher Wilson, PharmD Candidate 2019, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
- Phoebe Wright, PharmD Candidate 2019, University of Washington School of Pharmacy
Established in 2006, PQA represents pharmacy providers, pharmacy benefit managers, health plans, academia, consumer advocates, community pharmacies, health technology vendors, life sciences organizations, and other stakeholders interested in improving the quality of the medication-use system.
PQA's mission is to:
Improve the quality of medication management and use across health care settings with the goal of improving patients' health through a collaborative process to develop and implement performance measures and recognize examples of exceptional pharmacy quality.
PQA provides a leadership role in identification and selection of metrics for evaluating the quality of the medication-use system, provides education on quality improvement, and connects pharmacists to healthcare improvement initiatives. For more information about the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, please visit
or contact us at 703-347-7963.
About the CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues' spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit