CHPA Educational Foundation Holds Third Annual Gala; Announces New Board Member

CVS Health, CDC, Bayer Consumer Health + BrightGuard Win Awards

Washington, D.C. — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation held its fall board meeting and third annual gala on November 13, 2018 in New York City. The gala celebrates the foundation’s mission of happier, healthier lives through responsible self-care and serves as its main fundraising event. 

Hosting the gala were CHPA Educational Foundation Chair, Stephen Neumann, vice-president, consumer insights and business intelligence at Bayer Consumer Health, Anita Brikman, executive director of the CHPA Educational Foundation, and Mary Leonard, director of the CHPA Educational Foundation. Joining them were 250 attendees from CHPA member companies, healthcare organizations, and retailer representatives. The gala’s major sponsors included Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Bayer Consumer Health, The Emerson Group, Facebook, and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

“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,” said Neumann. “It truly shows the level of support and dedication we have from donors across the industry.” 

The gala highlighted the foundation’s important work and achievements over the past year to educate consumers about safe use, storage, and disposal of over-the-counter (OTC) 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 (CDC) and its PROTECT Initiative. Dr. Dan Budnitz, director of the CDC Medication Safety Program, was the keynote speaker. Budnitz spoke about the impact of CDC’s PROTECT Initiative, of which the CHPA Educational Foundation is a founding member, and the value of the Up and Away campaign on safe medicine storage.
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.
  • 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,” said Brikman. “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!”   

Earlier in the day, the foundation also welcomed to its board of directors Tom Corley, executive vice president, chief global retail officer, president, U.S. Market, Catalina. 

“Tom is a wonderful addition to the CHPA Educational Foundation Board of Directors,” said Neumann. “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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The CHPA Educational Foundation’s mission is to serve as the trusted source of information on the responsible use of consumer healthcare products and educates consumers on how to use, store, and dispose of OTC medicines responsibly.