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Allison Receives Pharmacy Award for Community Outreach and Volunteerism

Jeffery C. AllisonJeffery C. Allison, R.Ph., Pharm.D., BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, is the 2010 recipient of the Pfizer Bowl of Hygeia Award for his active work in the community, presented by the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA).

This award, presented at the OPA 132nd Annual Conference held April 9-11 in Columbus, is presented annually to honor a pharmacist who has contributed to the progress of his community within the state of Ohio.

Commenting on the award, Allison said, "It is odd (or should I say humbling) to receive an award for doing something that I enjoy so much.  It has been comforting to know that I may have played a role in fostering a service attitude in students as they mature and join their respective communities. When they try to thank me for an experience, I tell them to 'pay it forward.' To my mind, it is part of the concept of 'becoming ONU.' It is not always easy to live by the quotation attached to my e-mail messages 'To whom much is given, much will be expected,'  but I try."

Allison earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1971 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1995, both from Ohio Northern University (ONU). He is currently a Professor of Pharmacy Practice for the Raabe College of Pharmacy at ONU as well.  Through his involvement as a teacher and ambassador for pharmacy students, and as a volunteer in a vast number of charitable organizations, Allison’s philanthropic service stretches beyond the state of Ohio and into multiple countries, including El Salvador, Kenya, and Honduras.  Some of the notable charities and organizations of which Allison volunteers his time include his local church and Habitat for Humanity on a local, national, and international basis.  He has taken several students from  his high school Sunday school classes on Appalachian  Service Project trips and has donated time with the local food pantry.

Allison is a past president and lifelong member of the Northwest Ohio Pharmaceutical Association. In addition, he is a lifelong member of OPA and has served on many of its committees. He has been awarded the Favorite Professor Award by the Mortar Board Honor Society an incredible 12 times. With a huge list of accomplishments, published works, and awards in addition to those mentioned above, Allison has represented his community and profession admirably in the state of Ohio and beyond.

“It is not out of the ordinary for pharmacists to be active in their communities, but Jeff Allison is a true role model in every sense of the term. It’s pharmacists like him who take health care to the next level that goes beyond what goes on behind the counter. His philanthropic endeavors speak volumes about just what kind of person he really is, and the world could use more people like him,” 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.