The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) announced that April Shaw, R.Ph., PharmD of Centerburg, Ohio was honored with a 2021 UNDER 40 Recognition Award for leadership, excellence, and vision in the practice of pharmacy at its 143rd Annual Conference held April 16-18.
Shaw is currently a Pharmacy Practice Coordinator at The Kroger Company, where she previously served as a Pharmacy Manager and District Pharmacy Coordinator. Shaw leads the Division Patient Safety Committee which discusses how to improve pharmacy practice surrounding patient safety. She is passionate about supporting others, helping teams grow, and finding solutions to make a positive health impact on patients in the community. Shaw has been involved in Drug Take Back Days and is on the Women’s Edge Steering Committee as a Health and Wellness member. She is also very involved in her community and is Committee Chair of Cub Scout Pack 382 in Centerburg where she helps provide mentorship and opportunities to the youth. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University.
April's response when asked Why do you belong to OPA? OPA is an amazing organization that offers a strong, consistent voice for the profession of pharmacy. OPA has helped pharmacy in Ohio to be at the forefront of many areas of pharmacy practice, and this is helpful to me as my voice is only one, but collectively, OPA allows our profession to be heard. The other benefits of OPA include regular updates, relevant and timely continuing education, and peer support and networking.
“We are pleased to recognize April Shaw who has exemplified leadership, excellence, and vision in her practice. She has been a valued member of the Association, and we look forward to her future contributions to the profession of pharmacy,” said Ernest Boyd, OPA Executive Director.
OPA, established in 1879, represents more than 4,000 pharmacists, pharmacy educators, and pharmacy students throughout the state. It is OPA’s mission to unite the profession of pharmacy and encourage interprofessional relations, while promoting public health through education, discussion, and legislation.
We thank Kroger Health for exclusively sponsoring the 2021 OPA UNDER 40 Recognition Program.