Susan G. Komen recently unveiled the Susan G. Komen Center for Public Policy, which is part of the organization’s growing efforts to fight for the interests of those impacted by breast cancer among state and federal policymakers. Through the Center, Komen will educate and mobilize breast cancer advocates in support of increased research funding, as well as federal and state policies to remove barriers to needed care.
“Sound government action is critical for making the broad, systemic and lasting changes we need to save lives and end breast cancer forever,” said Paula Schneider, Susan G. Komen’s CEO and a breast cancer survivor. “The voice of the breast cancer community is needed now more than ever, and through the Center for Public Policy, we will ensure it is heard.”
The Susan G. Komen Center for Public Policy will focus its work on empowering people with knowledge, connecting advocates together and mobilizing everyone to act. It will also be a platform to give voice to and meet the needs of breast cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.
“A strong commitment to research and changes in public policy that remove barriers to care and ensure all women and men receive affordable breast health services are critical to saving more lives,” said Victoria Wolodzko, Komen’s Senior Vice President of Mission. “We intend to shine a bright light on the many ways current policies prevent people from getting needed care, or the right care, that might save their life.” ■