Healthy communities for all
Corporate contributions and product donations are vital to accelerating impact across our numerous communities around the world. In FY22, AmerisourceBergen and Alliance Healthcare together provided over $4.7 million in financial contributions to community-based organizations and global non-profits.
In FY22, AmerisourceBergen donated $1.5 million to the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)’s SPECTA platform, a molecular and biological research platform. SPECTA supports a translational research infrastructure for all tumor types, including rare cancers. It assists in the implementation of new clinical trials and robust translational cancer research to understand more cancers and increase cancer patients’ chances of survival and quality of life. Their mission aligns with our purpose of creating healthier futures and supports healthy communities for all.
Supporting relief efforts in Ukraine
In response to the conflict in Ukraine, we activated our global network of businesses to support the relief effort for people and animals in need by working with governments, associations, and our partners across Europe. Our first priority was the safety and well-being of our World Courier colleagues in Ukraine. We supported them through our Associate Assistance Fund, which provides assistance to team members experiencing financial hardship. We also focused on protecting the international supply chain and ensuring continued supply and access to medicines and essential healthcare products to communities across the world.
Customer support: Created a resource guide for customers to help them identify reputable non-profits to which they could direct product donations and charitable giving in the region.
Industry leadership: Partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center to host the Ukraine Medical Needs In-Kind Roundtable. This event connected private sector stakeholders, staff from the Ukraine Ministry of Health and Embassy of Ukraine, and U.S. government officials to enable the corporate community to better understand on-the-ground medical needs and how to provide assistance. We also illuminated our global headquarters in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, in blue and yellow to join other businesses in showing our support for Ukraine.
Humanitarian support: Shipped critical care medications and provided access to healthcare, mental health, and psychological support to refugees crossing the border into Romania and veterinary care for their pets. Members of the Alloga team in the Czech Republic worked with the Ministry of Health to provide logistical expertise for transporting medical products to Ukraine. In Lithuania, the team collaborated with the government to supply vital medicines directly to Lviv Children’s Hospital in Ukraine. Other product donations to support those impacted by the crisis in Ukraine included feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, first aid supplies and gloves, antibiotics, and animal health products, which were provided in partnership with Americares and Direct Relief.
Speaking about International Medical Corps, which AmerisourceBergen supports, a coordinator from Maternity Hospital No. 5 in Odesa said: “There are not enough words to describe our gratitude and appreciation for your help and support to our cry for the universe. Today we received kits for labor and C-section for our hospital. All the staff are amazed and can’t believe it happened. Thanks a lot for all you are doing, not only for us but also for the hundreds of thousands of our Ukrainians who have become refugees.”
We also made an impact on the Ukraine crisis through our independent, non-profit charitable giving organization, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts, see the AmerisourceBergen Foundation section in this report.
AmerisourceBergen and Alliance Healthcare also provided over $3.5 million in over-the-counter product donations to organizations such as Americares, Feeding America, and Direct Relief. Our donation of excess inventory enabled medical teams to dispense medications to underserved populations in need while also providing critical resources to parts of the world impacted by the pandemic, natural disasters, and other crises.
A donation of 1,200 treatments for tetanus from the Statens Serum Institut in Denmark was transported free of charge by World Courier to the World Health Organization in Poland to deliver to Ukraine.
Expanding access to healthcare
Across our businesses, we prioritize endeavors that drive health equity to promote more equal access to care for traditionally underserved populations. In FY22, we strove to address healthcare inequities through numerous programs. Here are some examples:
- Alphega Pharmacy, part of Alliance Healthcare, partnered with APCR (Alliance of Chronic Patients in Romania) to organize a mobile unit staffed by health practitioners to conduct routine medical tests for more than 1,200 Romanians in rural areas.
- World Courier supports direct-to-patient (DtP) decentralized clinical trials in 80 countries. DtP makes it easier for patients to participate in clinical research by moving all or part of the study to their homes, enhancing access and providing more trial data representing more diverse populations.
- In the U.S., AmerisourceBergen is a supporter of the Equitable Community Access to Pharmacist Services, a piece of bipartisan legislation that will extend pharmacists’ abilities to provide more routine healthcare services to patients who may lack access to other healthcare providers.
- AmerisourceBergen continues to offer comprehensive translation services to remove language barriers, better understand patient needs, and ultimately reduce hospital readmissions as part of patient support services.
Tackling inequities in cancer care
AmerisourceBergen convened healthcare industry executives, community oncology providers, and other patient-care advocates for its first-ever Disparities in Cancer Care Summit. Attendees discussed pressing issues related to health equity in cancer care, including the role of personalized medicine in addressing health equity, community oncology’s role in breaking down barriers to equitable care, and how providers can leverage digital tools to deliver equitable care across diverse patient populations.
AmerisourceBergen also launched a Disparities in Cancer Care Task Force, which strives to address disparities and analyzes social determinants of health for oncology patients at the community level. The Task Force has a detailed roadmap, which includes improving access to research and publishing on health disparities in partnership with providers and industry stakeholders, identifying ways to expand patient access to precision medicine, and advocating at the federal and state levels to improve the lives of patients affected by complex diseases.