JACKSON, Tenn. – Feb. 1, 2012– Sean King, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Union University, was one of 18 recipients of the New Investigator Award given by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
The $10,000 grant provides start-up funding for research programs for new pharmacy faculty members.
“It was a great privilege to be a recipient of this year’s AACP New Investigator Award,” King said. “I believe this grant will help further my research in health literacy as it relates to the pharmacy setting.”
King’s research project is entitled “The Influence of Functional Health Literacy on Quality Patient-Pharmacist Communication.” The research will explore the relationship between functional health literacy -- the basic understanding people need to make appropriate health decisions -- and patient-pharmacist communication, especially as it relates to anti-blood clotting medications.
The grant also includes $1,000 from AACP for King to travel to the AACP annual meeting in Chicago in 2012 to present his research findings.