Pharmacy Quality Alliance's EPIQ Program Selected as AHI 2015 Duncan Neuhauser Award Winner

Date Released: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pharmacy Quality Alliance's EPIQ Program Selected as 
AHI 2015 Duncan Neuhauser Award Winner

Springfield, VA (August 26, 2015) - The Academy for Healthcare Improvement (AHI) has selected the Pharmacy Quality Alliance's Educating Pharmacists In Quality (EPIQ) Program as the winner of the 2015 Duncan Neuhauser Curricular Innovation Award in Healthcare Improvement. This prestigious award recognizes novel educational resources designed to facilitate learning in the areas of patient safety and quality improvement. The award will be presented during the AHI Annual meeting on October 29, 2015.
"We are extremely pleased that the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) EPIQ Program has been selected to receive this award. The EPIQ program is increasingly recognized by pharmacist practitioners and educators as a valuable tool that can be adapted for a variety of audiences. The program can be offered for professional development, or as a turnkey elective in pharmacy curriculum.  Modules can be selected and incorporated into an existing program or class. The timeliness, flexibility and adaptability of the material is addressing an important need in the marketplace," emphasized Samuel Stolpe, Senior Director of Quality Strategies and Business Development at PQA.
PQA and its academic partners developed EPIQ as a quality improvement resource to teach pharmacists, pharmacy students, and other stakeholders about measuring, reporting, and improving quality in pharmacy practice. EPIQ features 5 modules with 26 complimentary online sessions that can be utilized in its entirety as a turnkey course or separately by individual sessions. EPIQ materials may also be accessed by pharmacists for continuing education (CE) credit.
Since its development, EPIQ has been integrated into more than 20 Doctor of Pharmacy curricula and has been used as part of numerous employee training programs. EPIQ has been downloaded more than 63,000 times since its inception and over 300 individual pharmacists have registered for CE. The EPIQ program has also been integrated into the Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies (EQuIPP), a performance measurement benchmark platform that reaches 58,000 pharmacies nationwide.

EPIQ is authored by the following individuals:
  • Terri Warholak, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at The University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy, and investigator within the Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research; 
  • Vibhuti Arya, PharmD, Associate Clinical Professor, St. John's University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and Advisor to the New York City Health Department;
  • Ana Hincapie, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati; 
  • David Holdford, RPh, MS, PhD, FAPhA, Professor and Vice-Chair of Graduate Education in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science at Virginia Commonwealth University; and 
  • Donna West-Strum, PhD, Chair and Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Administration at The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. 
The EPIQ program was supported by unrestricted educational grants from the Community Pharmacy Foundation, Abbvie and Merck.
About PQA
Established in 2006, PQA represents pharmacy providers, pharmacy benefit managers, health plans, academia, consumer advocates, community pharmacies, health technology vendors, pharmaceutical research and manufacturing companies, 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) 690-1987.

About AHI
The Academy for Healthcare Improvement (AHI) is a member based organization whose aim is to foster an interprofessional community that advances quality improvement in health care through scholarly and educational activities.  For more information about AHI, please visit

Samuel Stolpe, PharmD
Senior Director, Quality Strategies & 
Business Development
Pharmacy Quality Alliance
(703) 690-1987