Burson Receives Pharmacy Award for Community Outreach Efforts

Steve Burson

The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) announced today that Steve Burson, R.Ph., of Columbus, Ohio, was named recipient of the 2014 Pharmacist Public Relations Award.
This award, presented at the OPA 136th Annual Conference held April 4-6 in Columbus, is presented annually to honor a pharmacist for continuous service to the community in educating the public on pharmacy-related issues and safe medicine use.
Burson, a 1994 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and a 1989 graduate of Bellbrook High School, is the Pharmacy Sales Manager for the Kroger Company Columbus Division. He has been instrumental in educating pharmacists and student pharmacists on how to utilize the media to increase patient education and advocacy.  He was instrumental in developing OPA's Pharmacy PR Network to help connect pharmacists with media contacts in their areas to educate the public on topics that showcase the value of pharmacists in improving healthcare. 
Burson has served as President of OPA, is a past recipient of OPA’s Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award, and currently chair's OPA's Public and Professional Relations Committee.
“It is not out of the ordinary for pharmacists to be active in their communities – in fact, most pharmacists are ‘go-to’ health care resources in areas they practice and reside in. Steve Burson is a true ambassador for the profession in every sense of the word. It’s pharmacists like him who take health care to the next level that goes beyond what goes on behind the counter,” said Ernest Boyd, OPA Executive Director.
OPA, established in 1879, represents more than 4,000 pharmacists, pharmacy educators, and pharmacy students throughout the state. It is OPA’s mission to unite the profession of pharmacy and encourage interprofessional relations, while promoting public health through education, discussion, and legislation.