CHPA Educational Foundation Hosts Inaugural Gala to Honor Leaders in Public Education about Self-Care

Event highlights foundation’s, partners’ efforts to empower and educate OTC consumers

Washington, D.C. (November 15, 2016) — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation held its inaugural gala last night, welcoming to the stage members of the healthcare community whose partnerships with the foundation have made significant strides to advance public education on the safe use, storage, and disposal of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements.

The sold-out event, held at the Rainbow Room in New York City, brought together over 200 industry leaders, self-care advocates, and other supporters to celebrate the foundation’s mission of happier, healthier lives through responsible self-care. Hosted by CHPA’s Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, and Executive Director, CHPA Educational Foundation Anita Brikman, the night kicked off with a video message from Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf followed by the keynote address by Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson.

Dr. Swanson currently serves as medical adviser to the foundation’s website KnowYourOTCs.org. She is a practicing pediatrician at The Everett Clinic in Washington State, Chief of Digital Innovation at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the mother of two young boys. She is also an executive committee member of the Council on Communications and Media and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"I'm thrilled to expand the reach and the consequent possibilities for messages reaching families about how to safely use, store, and dose OTC medications,” Dr. Swanson said.

“Partnerships across the digital and media landscape, like the one I have with Know Your OTCs will only improve our access to parent's attention and increase the likelihood that smarter solutions become every day solutions in their lives with their children.”

Dr. Swanson has blazed a trail of patient education by using her voice online. Through her blog (Seattle Mama Doc), podcast, social media channels, and her parenting book, she translates science and parenting information to the public.

“Over-the-counter medicines are part of everyday life for Americans – in the middle of the night when a child has a fever, when a busy parents need to treat their symptoms of allergies or colds to carry out their days,” Brikman said.

“Our foundation’s work is the industry’s commitment to those families. We are working to ensure they have the information they need to select, use, store, and dispose medicines safely.”

Three awards were also announced during the gala. The awards and winners are as follows:

  • 2016 Distinguished Industry Partner of the Year: Walmart
    Walmart and the foundation have collaborated for more than three years to educate consumers on the safe use of acetaminophen through the foundation’s flagship campaign Know Your Dose. Annie Walker, vice president of OTC Merchandising for Walmart, accepted the award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Community Partner of the Year: American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)
    AAPCC continues to partner with the foundation to educate consumers on how to safely dispose of unwanted or expired OTC medicines through community education efforts conducted by the all 55 poison centers in the U.S. Stephen T. Kaminski, JD, chief executive officer and executive director of AAPCC, accepted the award.
  • 2016 Industry Leadership Award for Advancing Responsible Self-Care: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. for its OTC Medicine Safety Program
    The OTC Medicine Safety program was developed to instill a healthy respect for all medicines by teaching adolescents core concepts on the responsible use and storage of medicines. Since its launch in 2012, the program has been implemented thousands of times in communities across the country through teachers, healthcare professionals, community leaders and families.  

Finalists for this award included BayerConsumerHealth for its Continuing Medical Education Program on oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs selection in patients with osteoarthritis and GSK Consumer Healthcare for its Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ® “What’s Your Why” Campaign.


The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 135-year-old national trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the U.S. healthcare system $6-$7, contributing a total of $102 billion in savings each year. CHPA is committed to empowering consumer self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products.  

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation’s mission is to serve as the trusted source of information on the responsible use of consumer healthcare products including over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements. Foundation initiatives educate consumers on how to use, store, and dispose of OTC medicines responsibly.

Contact: Jenni Roberson 202.429.9260