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Kroger partners with USO in ‘Honoring our Heroes’

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CINCINNATI – To show support for the nation's active duty troops and 23 million veterans, Kroger on Friday announced a program involving events and customer engagement that will honor these heroes all summer.
 
Kroger has partnered with the USO through "Honoring Our Heroes," a multi-faceted program designed to show Kroger's deep gratitude. Kroger's customers and associates have enthusiastically supported the endeavor. Together, Kroger's annual campaign has raised more than $11.9 million since 2010 to support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its nearly 75 year history.
 
Kroger invites its customers to join forces with them to donate $2 million to the USO by giving through register scan cards and  coin boxes at every store or by donating online at HonoringOurHeroes.com. Kroger will match every dollar that is donated, up to $1 million.
 
Customers may also purchase special gift cards in $5, $10 and $15 denominations that will be delivered to local USO centers. 
 
Treating troops and their families to some "good ol' BBQ" is a token of the company's appreciation for the many family dinners they missed while deployed. Kroger will host BBQs in 12 cities and towns across the United States.
 
Kroger also will bring the taste of the backyard BBQ experience to the servicemen and servicewomen at three locations abroad: Camp Buehring in Kuwait (May 30), Camp Arifjan in Kuwait (May 31) and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany (June 5).
 
And the Coca-Cola Company has pledged to donate a Coke to the troops, up to 100,000, on Kroger's behalf. Consumers can use the hashtags #HonoringOurHeroes #ShareaCoke to spread the message.
 
Customers can visit HonoringOurHeroes.com to become inspired by Kroger's own associates' stories of courage, then write a special message to America's heroes. By posting on social media channels using the #HonoringOurHeroes hashtag, the message will automatically show up on the official website.
 
Kroger has hired more than 29,000 veterans since 2009 – including more than 6,000 last year – and continues to seek out opportunities to honor heroes through career opportunities.
 
"We are all touched by the military service of our neighbors, friends and colleagues, which makes Honoring Our Heroes close to the hearts and homes of our customers and associates," said Lynn Marmer, Kroger's group VP corporate affairs. "While we can never truly thank our service men and women enough for the sacrifices they make, we are deeply committed to recognizing our troops and their families through our partnership with the USO."
 
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Healthcare Leadership Council’s highlights APhA Foundation’s diabetes management solution

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s diabetes management solution, the Patient Self-Management Credential for Diabetes, was highlighted May 18 at the Healthcare Leadership Council’s wellness briefing entitled, Controlling Diabetes: Innovations in Therapies and Care.

Sanofi US, a member of HLC and key sponsor of the PSMC, invited APhA CEO Thomas Menighan to share information about the PSMC and the pharmacist’s role in diabetes care.

The discussion related to the PSMC at the HLC briefing expands on a meeting that the APhA Foundation hosted earlier this year in which organizations with an interest in diabetes management convened to strategize about how the PSMC could be migrated into new practice environments. Increasing decision makers’ awareness of the PSMC’s impact on diabetes outcomes was a key priority identified at the Foundation’s meeting, which included representatives from the following organizations: American Academy of Diabetes Educators; American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; American Diabetes Association; American Pharmacists Association; College Diabetes Network; Diabetes Hands Foundation; Diabetes Mine, Diabetes Sisters; Endocrine Society; Thomas Jefferson School of Public Health; The Kroger Co.; and Sanofi US, including representatives of its Corporate Affairs -Partners in Patient Health group.

“We designed the PSMC to create meaningful interactions between patients and providers.” stated Benjamin Bluml, APhA Foundation SVP for research and innovation.“Our relationship with Sanofi US is helping expand PSMC utilization across provider types, increasing access to high quality patient care services, and improving diabetes care coordination by facilitating more actionable communication between physicians, pharmacists, certified diabetes educators, and other providers.”

The PSMC was developed by the APhA Foundation and has been implemented as a central component of the care delivery in the Foundation’s diabetes-focused research projects over the past decade. The PSMC was recently highlighted in the peer-reviewed journal, Population Health Management, as an effective strategy for enabling patients to improve their health by creating enhanced engagement with the healthcare team.
 

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