SAN JUAN, PR – Abarca Health is a different kind of PBM (pharmacy benefit manager) on a mission to find a better way and make healthcare seamless and personalized for everyone. A cornerstone of this mission is their Better Care Community Program (BCCP) which supports health-related projects of not-for-profit organizations in Puerto Rico and Florida.
Today, Abarca announced the winning organizations of the third edition of the BCCP: The Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico and Quantum House in Florida. These two entities will receive a grant and volunteer support from Abarcans (Abarca employees) for up to three years.
The Boys & Girls Club of Puerto Rico offers children and youth hope for a better future and opportunities to develop to their full potential. As a beneficiary of the BCCP, the organization will receive support in its “BE A STAR” bullying prevention program that encourages young people to treat others with respect through education and grassroots initiatives.
Quantum House is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children receive treatment for severe medical conditions in Palm Beach County, Florida. The BCCP contribution will help fund meals, housing, and other household needs for families while their children receive medical treatments.
Last year, over 8,000 people benefited from projects led by five not-for-profit organizations that Abarcans selected as partners for the BCCP in 2019 and 2021, respectively. For the BCCP 2022, Abarca has announced that they will extend the contract with four of these entities.
Keeping the good work
One of these four organizations is The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) in Florida, whose clinical trials and research aim to stop or delay the progression of diabetes, and eventually find a cure. Likewise, the BCCP will continue to support the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in their research project that focuses on the association between morbidity caused by COVID-19 in Puerto Rico, and outdoor aeroallergens such as fungal spores and pollen.
Abarca will also resume aid to Ciencia Puerto Rico in their Seeds of Success initiative—which gives middle and high school girls the opportunity to explore STEM-H careers while being mentored by “Borinqueñas,” women with distinguished careers in science, technology, math, and health. Lastly, the program will further support the Community Organization of Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer (COMSC) in its educational events and patient outreach programs to support people living with multiple sclerosis and active cancer.
This year, a special donation was also made to Sociedad Pro-Hospital del Niño, a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to contribute to the rehabilitation of children with physical and/or mental disabilities. The donation will be used to acquire musical equipment for their residents in wheelchairs.
A better way
“Everything we do at Abarca is based on the belief that a better way is possible. We are excited for the opportunity to continue carrying out this mission in collaboration with these organizations, and make a real difference in the lives of people who need it the most,” said Jason Borschow, president and CEO of Abarca Health.
The beneficiaries of the BCCP are selected based on their potential impact on the community, the volunteer opportunities presented for Abarcans, and their alignment with Abarca’s core values. Abarca employees vote to decide who will participate in the program, and make the final selection.