In Her Shoes, Women's Leadership Event, 2014
Our inaugural Women's Leadership Luncheon was a smash success! Held at the Raleigh Convention Center, over 200 men and women joined us for lunch to learn about Alliance's female patients. Attendees enjoyed remarks from keynote speaker Dr. Wendy Brewster, Director of the Center for Women's Health Research at UNC, as well as from Alliance's Medical Director, Dr. Tara Lewis. We launched the Alliance Circle -- a donor group supporting one year of medical care for three female patients -- and 29 founding members joined.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, one in five women is uninsured. Women are more vulnerable to losing their healthy insurance, as they are often listed as a dependent. If a spouse loses a job or an employer changes family coverage, the woman's chance of losing their health insurance increases.
Of our patients, 68% are women. These women are mothers and grandmothers, working one or more jobs to make ends meet for their family. These women face a myriad of barriers, and often lack the time and resources to take care of their own health. The Alliance Circle was formed to help these women gain access to the quality healthcare they deserve. See more from In her Shoes here.