The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has canceled its 23rd annual foundation dinner, citing corporate travel restrictions across the industry amid COVID-19.
In a letter to supporters and friends, the NACDS Foundation noted that "The realities of today, including in part, corporate travel restrictions, contributed to this decision. Given the nature of the annual dinner, and the difficulty to replicate such a spectacular evening, we will not hold a virtual alternative. The NACDS and NACDS Foundation teams are ready and eager to see you again, in person, for our respective 2022 meetings and events."
The NACDS Foundation recognized all of its donors for their contributions thus far this year, stating, "With their overwhelming generosity, the foundation has received pledges of more than $1.3 million to forge ahead with our groundbreaking research, our health awareness building initiatives, and our educational and scholarship programs. Amid the ongoing pandemic, this work is more critical than ever as long-standing health disparities have come to light, coinciding with unprecedented and emerging health challenges."
The foundation's accomplishments include the following:
- Awareness Campaign: The Foundation teamed up with the March of Dimes in 2020, and again this past spring, on national radio tours to educate the public on the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu. Learn more here.
- Education & Scholarship Updates: The Foundation awarded $130,000 in scholarships last month to seven schools and colleges of pharmacy for their innovative and diverse educational programs that aim to advance public health. This fall, the Foundation is recruiting its next Faculty Scholars mentorship and research cohort.
- Research Updates: This year, the Foundation has forged ahead with new care delivery models that aim to improve outcomes, foster quality, and advance healthcare access. Our research portfolio addresses point-of-care testing, value-based care delivery models, substance use disorder screening with linkage to care, and more.
“A very special thanks to all our sponsors,” the foundation said, sharing a complete list of donors. “None of the foundation’s efforts would be possible without you. We have accomplished so much — together — to help improve the health and wellness of people in America."