Friday, April 10, 2009

FAMU College of Pharmacy Dean Receives American Pharmacist Association’s Hugo Schaefer Award

Henry Lewis III, Ph.D., dean and professor of pharmacy practice at Florida A&M University's (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS), is the 2009 recipient of the American Pharmacists Association's (APhA) Hugo H. Schaefer Award.

Established by APhA in 1964 in honor of its long time treasurer, the award recognizes outstanding voluntary contributions to the organization, the profession and society. The award will be bestowed upon Lewis at APhA's Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas. APhA's awards program is pharmacy's most comprehensive recognition program.

About Henry Lewis, III

Lewis' pharmacy career spans more than 35 years. For the past 14 years, he has served as dean of the FAMU COPPS — his alma mater. He has also served as dean of the College of Pharmacy at Texas Southern University in Houston. A native of Tallahassee, Fla., he received his B.S. in pharmacy from FAMU and his doctor of pharmacy from Mercer University. He completed post-doctoral training in the Institute for Education Management at Harvard University.

Lewis is a past president of the Minority Health Professions Foundation. He is also past president of the foundation's sister agency, the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools. Under his leadership, these two organizations – representing all of the nations historically black medical, dental, pharmaceuticals and veterinary programs – have secured more than $100 million in support of programs, research and activities that improve the quality of education and the availability of health care to minority and under-served communities throughout the country. He has also served as president of the National Pharmaceutical Association, representing more than 10,000 minority pharmacists in the United States.

An accomplished biomedical researcher, Lewis has been the principal investigator or project director on research grants totaling more than $95 million. He has served as a consultant to such organizations as the Illinois Board of Higher Education, National Institutes of Health, and Health Resources and Services Administration. Dean Lewis has served on numerous local and national boards. In 2007, he received a four-year appointment to the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Lewis has testified before dozens of congressional subcommittees on health, research and education funding. In 1986, he made history by becoming the first African American elected to the Leon County Board of County Commissioners in Tallahassee. While a Commissioner, he spearheaded the creation of the County's Minority Business Enterprise Program, developed the branch health clinic network throughout the county, successfully advocated legislative funding for a $2.5 million clinic building, and located the new county public library downtown adjacent to the bus terminal making it accessible to all citizens of the city.

He has published more than 25 scientific papers, book chapters and abstracts. He has received many awards and honors throughout his career. Most recently, he was selected as the 2008 Statewide Onyx Award Recipient in the Health Initiatives Category hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and Onyx Magazine.

About the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, represents more than 63,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. APhA members provide care in all practice settings, including community pharmacies, health systems, long-term care facilities, managed care organizations, hospice settings, and the uniformed services.

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