Generation Rx

Cardinal Health is committed to helping communities address prescription drug misuse. Any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused. In the past month, more than 6 million Americans ages 12 and older have taken a prescription medication for non-medical reasons.

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Thank you for your interest in the Cardinal Health Foundation’s Generation Rx Program.

Since 2009, the Cardinal Health Foundation has invested over $5.3 million in partnerships and grants across the country to raise awareness and knowledge about the dangers of prescription drug misuse through the Generation Rx program. Please visit our Generation Rx site, in partnership with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, to learn more about the national issue of prescription drug misuse and access our free, ready-to-download resources to help you educate people of all ages in your community about safe medication practices.

An independent pharmacist uses Generation Rx resources to build a collaborative prevention program in East Tennessee



Generation Rx Request for Proposals, 2017:

Best Practices in Pain Medication Use & Patient Engagement

Thank you for your interest in the Cardinal Health Foundation grants.

The Cardinal Health Foundation, together with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, is committed to educating the public about medication safety and preventing prescription drug misuse. Through the Generation Rx program, the Cardinal Health Foundation has invested over $5 million since 2009 in partnerships and grants to raise awareness and knowledge about the dangers of prescription drug misuse.  

In our current request for proposals, we are seeking applications for grants in Best Practices in Pain Medication Use and Patient Engagement. This RFP seeks to achieve one goal: To engage patients and their healthcare providers in reducing the number of opioids prescribed for pain management, while producing better patient outcomes and better pain management.

Proposals for these grants must be submitted online by 11:59 pm EST, Monday, February 27, 2017.

Why influence prescribing and patient engagement?

According to the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain – United States 2016*, “20% of patients presenting to physician offices with non-cancer pain symptoms or pain-related diagnoses…receive an opioid prescription. In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every adult in the United States to have a bottle of pills.” The CDC tells us that in 2015 alone, more than 15,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.

*We encourage all applicants to review and use the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain as they develop applications for this grant funding.

Successful applicants will submit proposals designed to meet these objectives:

  1. With the patient, develop comprehensive treatment plans that consider all options available prior to prescribing opioids, with a goal of reducing the use of opioids for pain management.
  2. For patients who are prescribed opioids as a part of their treatment regimen, encourage patient engagement and ongoing follow-up by a healthcare professional until the use of opioids can be discontinued.
  3. Measure progress in terms of morphine equivalents, pain management, and patient satisfaction.
  4. Share your best practices and outcomes with the healthcare team, patients, and caregivers.

Hard copy or email submissions will NOT be accepted, nor will proposals submitted after the deadline.

Join our Informational webinar!

Informational webinars will be held on January 17, at 1:00 pm EST and January 23, at 11:00 am EST to assist prospective grantees in submitting successful proposals and to provide an overview and answer questions regarding the grant program. (Content of both webinars is the same; please attend only one.) The presentation will be made available afterward for those not able to attend the webinar live.

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Learn more

Best Practices in Pain Medication Use and Patient Engagement Proposal Guidelines

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725KB – PDF

Best Practices in Pain Medication Use and Patient Engagement FAQ's

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584KB – PDF

2017 Budget Template

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38KB – XLSX

2017 Generation Rx grant application

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If you would like to receive email communications regarding future Generation Rx grant opportunities, please send your contact information to communityrelations@cardinalhealth.com , using the email subject header: Generation Rx Grant Program communications.