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AmerisourceBergen Foundation: Opioid Resource Grant Program

Deadline: July 31, 2018

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (AmerisourceBergen) provides pharmaceutical products, value-driving services, and business solutions that improve access to care. AmerisourceBergen manages the transportation of medication, including controlled substances, from manufacturers to licensed pharmacies and hospitals. It recognizes that it has a responsibility to positively impact the communities in which it operates. The company’s role in the healthcare supply chain uniquely positions it to contribute important expertise and resources to the battle against opioid abuse in the United States. Within its own operations and by joining other healthcare stakeholders, government entities, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, and individuals, AmerisourceBergen has made these commitments to address the opioid crisis:

  • Ensure safe and secure pharmaceutical distribution healthcare-related services
  • Maintain operational integrity
  • Advocate for the highest regulatory standards
  • Support the communities in which it operates

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation receives charitable contributions from AmerisourceBergen and others, and uses these resources to support health and education-related causes that enrich the lives of the company’s global community. The mission of the Foundation is to positively impact the lives of the people in the communities AmerisourceBergen serves by improving the health and wellbeing of its patient populations. The Foundation recently launched the Opioid Resource Grant Program, understanding the need for expediency and to simultaneously balance an objective of developing long-term solutions around the epidemic of opioid abuse and misuse. The initial Opioid Resource Grant will be dedicated to generating ideas from those who know best, tapping into bright and innovative organizations across the U.S. It will support organizations that present proposals describing how AmerisourceBergen Foundation can best contribute resources and funding to address opioid abuse and misuse. Grants will be awarded for the most innovative and constructive solutions and priority will be given to concepts addressing these key areas of focus:

  • Safe disposal
  • Education around prevention

Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and leverage existing, proven, evidence-based frameworks and strategies. Applicants may also propose original and innovative projects, or customize and build upon publicly available projects and/or strategy models, as well as existing tools and materials, while avoiding the duplication of existing materials.

Applications focusing on education may include new concepts or approaches, or proven models. Education initiatives may address a wide spectrum of needs, and priority will be given to the effective dissemination of the following topics:

  • Provider education about appropriate opioid prescribing
  • Patient education about the risks and effects of prescription opioids, and what to do if they have concerns about addiction
  • Public education, especially aimed at rural communities
  • Training to reduce youth risk factors, such as delinquency, and boost protective factors, such as decision-making skills for problem solving and resisting peer pressure
  • Addiction as a childhood onset condition
  • Preventing teens from initiating problematic opioid use in the first place
  • Advising parents of teens to lock up prescription opioid medications and dispose of old pills
  • How youth can effectively cope when living with adults with addiction

Amount: Grants will range up to $100,000 and average $50,000-$75,000.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations. The Foundation encourages multiple organizations to develop a collective, collaborative partner submission. Partnerships are expected to exist for at least two years following these awards, in order to increase the capacity to address the misuse of opioids. Additionally, to be eligible:

  • The project or program must align with the Foundation’s mission and focus
  • The project or program cannot be limited to serving a narrowly defined group of individuals, but must instead serve a broad and indeterminate charitable class
  • The project or program cannot be to fund direct treatment costs for individuals or groups of individuals suffering from substance abuse
  • The organization cannot lobby as a substantial portion of its activities or support political causes or campaigns
  • The organization cannot be currently engaged directly in discussions regarding the purchase of products or services from an AmerisourceBergen business entity

Link: https://www.amerisourcebergen.com/abcnew/foundation

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