The PPA Advocacy Award

On rare occasions, the Pediatric Pharmacy Association recognizes special contributions made by advocates (either an individual or an organization) that help advance and improve pediatric medication safety in the US and throughout the world. Not necessarily pharmacists, these advocates advance the mission and values of PPA. Recognition is not necessarily given each year, but rather, the award is given upon achievement, usually during the PPA Annual Conference.
Past Recipients:
Sorrel King
Founder of the Josie King Foundation
2008 PPAG Advocacy Award Recipient

Sorrel King founded the Josie King Foundation in 2001 with her husband, Tony, after their daughter Josie died as a result of medical errors.
The Josie King Foundation supports innovative patient safety programs that influence the way safety is incorporated into medical care. The Josie King Pediatric Patient Safety Program and the Johns Hopkins Hospital's Children's Center, the Condition H - Josie King Patient Safety Call Line at UPMC - Shadyside Hospital, and Dr. Albert Wu's work on disclosure training all received initial funding from the Josie King Foundation and currently serve as models for patient safety programs across the country.
Sorrel is a leading advocate for improving patient safety. As a public speaker, she brings Josie's powerful story and the successes of Foundation-sponsored safety initiatives to wide audiences to ensure that what happened to Josie will never happen to another patient.
The Josie King Foundation’s mission is to prevent others from dying or being harmed by medical errors. By uniting healthcare providers and consumers, and funding innovative safety programs, we hope to create a culture of patient safety, together.
For more information about the Josie King Foundation, please visit