CHPA Foundation holds annual gala, adds board member


The Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s, or CHPA, Education Foundation held its third annual gala earlier in November, which was hosted by its chair Stephen Neumann.

Neumann also is the vice president of consumer insights and business intelligence at Bayer Consumer Health, and he was assisted by Anita Brikman, executive director of the CHPA Educational Foundation, and Mary Leonard, director of the CHPA Educational Foundation in his hosting duties.

“The gala is always such a great event to highlight the good work of the foundation, and we are thrilled to see participation continue to grow each year,” Neumann said. “It truly shows the level of support and dedication we have from donors across the industry.”

Highlighted throughout the night was the foundation’s work and achievements over the past year in educating consumers about the safe use, storage and disposal of over-the-counter medicines, with initiatives like the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition’s Know Your Dose campaign and the Up and Away campaign, led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its PROTECT Initiative.

The CHPA Educational Foundation presented awards to three deserving honorees from the consumer health community:

  • CVS Health received this year’s Distinguished Industry Partner of the Year Award for championing the important issue of safe medicine storage. In June, CVS Health partnered with the foundation during National Safety Month to remind customers across 8,000 of its stores about the importance of putting medicines up, away, and out of sight and reach of young children;
  • The CDC Medication Safety Program won the Outstanding Community Partner of the Year Award for their ongoing leadership and commitment to keeping children safe from unintentional medication overdoses through the PROTECT Initiative and the Up and Away campaign; and
  • Bayer Consumer Health’s Coppertone + BrightGuard Partnership won the Industry Leadership Award for Advancing Responsible Self-Care Award. To address the importance of sun safety, Bayer Consumer Health and its Coppertone brand partnered with BrightGuard, the first automated sunscreen dispenser company to install sunscreen dispensers across the country this summer, representing more than 375,000 sunscreen applications supplied to the public for free.

“We are thrilled to honor our award winners this year,” Brikman said. “We had spectacular partnerships to showcase through our collaborations with CVS Health and the CDC Medication Safety Program on our Up and Away program. We also had several deserving nominations for our Industry Leadership Award. There is amazing work being done to advance responsible self-care with U.S. consumers. This year, Bayer Consumer Health’s Coppertone + BrightGuard Partnership ranked highest with our judges. Congratulations to all three of our award winners!”

In addition, the organization also welcomed Tom Corley, executive vice president, chief global retail officer and president of U.S. market at Catalina, to its board of directors.

“Tom is a wonderful addition to the CHPA Educational Foundation Board of Directors,” Neumann said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge on consumer behavior in the healthcare space and strategic ideas for partnerships that will help grow the foundation’s reach and impact.”


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