Did you know that cancer affects one in three Americans? This sobering statistic is the focus of specialized researchers across the country, working hard to make discoveries that can improve and potentially save lives. Funding for a single project is so vital when it comes to cancer research – particularly for women researchers – a group that historically doesn’t receive equal funding for cancer research.
Women Supporting Women Researchers
Jami Kaliebe, Vice President, Delivery Scarlet Health® was invited to speak at the campaign launch event back in May. The event pulled together female leaders in healthcare from several respected institutions including Mount Sinai, Cornell, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and others, as well as women researchers interested in becoming ambassadors of the program. Scarlet Health, BioReference, and GenPath are longtime supporters of the American Cancer Society and firmly stand behind ResearcHERS’ mission of equipping women with the power to fundraise in support of women-led cancer research.
Kaliebe noted the shared vision of Scarlet Health, BioReference, GenPath, and ResearcHERS on improving care for cancer patients, as well as saving the lives of those afflicted by a cancer diagnosis. Kaliebe recognized and honored the research currently being done, as well as a need researchers in the field have for support, such as paid family leave. The American Cancer Society is a strong proponent of paid family leave, yet women researchers are often forced to choose between their career and their family’s needs. Women can truly bring an empathetic perspective to the sciences and healthcare, said Kaliebe, adding that it’s a viewpoint needed for successful research outcomes and cancer patient care. Providing basic paid leave to women researchers will support the smart and talented minds in the laboratories.
Scarlet Offers Solutions
A lack of paid family leave and disparities in funding allocation between men and women researchers are the main challenges being faced by these professionals. But it goes beyond that; they’re also patients. And that’s where Scarlet can make a difference, said Kaliebe. She spoke about how Scarlet can help improve the everyday lives of caregivers and patients. When it comes to healthcare, women are quite often the decision-makers in their homes. By meeting patients where they are, Scarlet makes it possible for patients to get blood draws, urine samples, and other specimen collections completed at home. That can save some precious time in their day. Scarlet also reduces the burden on patients and caregivers who are already overwhelmed with appointments, struggling with various transportation issues, or concerned with exposure in traditional healthcare settings for immunocompromised patients.
Kaliebe closed with an optimistic note looking ahead. Women-focused programs and initiatives like ResearcHERS are generating real impact. And even though there is still progress to be had, she acknowledged that the movement is creating positive changes for the future.