What happens when lots of great minds come together to tackle a tough issue? We started to find that out today, when the three organizations that received grants from the Women’s Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation met for the first time around the table in our conference room.
Representatives of UAB School of Nursing, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care and Baptist Health Foundation are moving forward in the spirit of collaboration and transparency that has been part of this effort from the beginning. As each organization reported on first steps, the others in the room took notes and shared ideas as they explored so many ways their work intersects.
As Madeline Harris, chair of the WBHF Advisory Committee, said and others repeated, a web of services are required to make life better for women who are facing breast cancer and for their loved ones, from the time of diagnosis through followup care and every stage of life.
We look forward to hearing more about plans for tablet-based distress thermometer software, an app linked to area resources, a strong system of navigators to help survivors find resources and a way to serve the special needs of young breast cancer survivors, those diagnosed prior to menopause. As the WBHF intended, a web is already growing, linking these first-round grantees to each other and ultimately to all those who need comfort and care beyond the treatment of the disease.
Learn more here about the Women’s Breast Health Fund and stay tuned for updates.