Welcome!

News Feed Item

LIVESTRONG Foundation Urges Congress to Maintain Funding for FY14 Global Health Programs

Foundation Policy Expert Testifies for NCD Funding; Foundation Medical Advisor Celebrates Anniversary of Law Supporting Young Women With Breast Cancer

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 03/19/13 -- LIVESTRONG Foundation Director of Health Policy, Loyce Pace Bass, MPH, testified today on Capitol Hill in favor of sustained U.S. funding to combat the growing threat from non-communicable diseases. Appearing on behalf of the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Roundtable, a coalition which the LIVESTRONG Foundation helped found, Pace Bass also emphasized the need to more effectively leverage both U.S. and global resources to prevent, diagnose and treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs include cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and stroke. The hearing took place before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs.

"We must utilize U.S. resources more efficiently by linking NCDs and infectious disease programs in order to build health systems that enable countries to treat the whole person, not just individual diseases," said Pace Bass. "Otherwise, if we don't act swiftly, the burden of NCDs will undermine our investment and progress in global health and development."

According to the World Health Organization, NCDs are the leading cause of mortality in the world, killing 36 million in 2008 across the globe and accounting for more than 60 percent of all deaths. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and NCD Roundtable will urge Congress to maintain current funding in FY14 for Global Health Programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development.

A frequent misconception is that nothing can be done to address global NCDs, but Francine, a teenage girl from Rwanda, is evidence to the contrary. Francine had a mass on her face growing for six months that turned out to be cancer. Because her district hospital was supported by Partners in Health, a U.S. community-based organization that brings modern medical science to those most in need, she received assistance from a private hospital and local staff from the Centers for Disease Control and a donation of chemotherapy. Less than a year later, Francine was cancer-free. Francine's experience not only became a protocol for her district hospital, but spurred the government of Rwanda to develop a national cancer plan.

"Even in the most remote and challenging settings, providing cancer care is often possible -- and the right thing to do," said Pace Bass. "By building on existing health care infrastructures, we can practically and affordably promote the prevention, early detection and timely and successful treatment of cancer."

Also on Tuesday, LIVESTRONG Foundation senior medical advisor Dr. Brandon Hayes-Lattin joined other breast cancer advocates to celebrate Women's History Month and the anniversary of The EARLY Act. The critical law, enacted in March 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act, supports educating and empowering young women with breast cancer, an often-overlooked population. Joining event host Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Dr. Hayes-Lattin highlighted a LIVESTRONG Foundation initiative that advocates for coverage for fertility preservation to remedy infertility, reduce patient distress and enable better treatment decision-making.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation supports policy initiatives at the global, federal and state levels that improve the lives of people affected by cancer today. To further advance its policy agenda in Washington and across the country, the Foundation recently hired Cameron Krier, JD, MPH as Director of Government Relations, who will be dedicated to advocating on behalf of the unique needs of the 14 million Americans affected by cancer. In 2013, the Foundation's specific policy goals include advocating for U.S. insurance reform, access to medicines worldwide, maintaining funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health domestically and globally, and changing industry standards in the areas of survivorship, health information technology and fertility preservation. As each successive generation of survivors lives longer, they will face more challenges -- practical, physical, emotional and beyond.

About the LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and philanthropist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation is known for its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and for its advocacy on behalf of survivors and their families. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. One of America's top cancer non-profit organizations, the Foundation enjoys a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and has been recognized by the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

Add to Digg Bookmark with del.icio.us Add to Newsvine

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists examined how DevOps helps to meet the de...
"Loom is applying artificial intelligence and machine learning into the entire log analysis process, from start to finish and at the end you will get a human touch,” explained Sabo Taylor Diab, Vice President, Marketing at Loom Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, highlighted the current challenges of these transformative technologies and shared strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” outlined the latest trends and developments i...
In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feasible in theory than in practice, especially for more recent entrants to the DevOps scene. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists discussed...
While DevOps most critically and famously fosters collaboration, communication, and integration through cultural change, culture is more of an output than an input. In order to actively drive cultural evolution, organizations must make substantial organizational and process changes, and adopt new technologies, to encourage a DevOps culture. Moderated by Andi Mann, panelists discussed how to balance these three pillars of DevOps, where to focus attention (and resources), where organizations might...
After more than five years of DevOps, definitions are evolving, boundaries are expanding, ‘unicorns’ are no longer rare, enterprises are on board, and pundits are moving on. Can we now look at an evolution of DevOps? Should we? Is the foundation of DevOps ‘done’, or is there still too much left to do? What is mature, and what is still missing? What does the next 5 years of DevOps look like? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by DevOps Summit Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists loo...
"When we talk about cloud without compromise what we're talking about is that when people think about 'I need the flexibility of the cloud' - it's the ability to create applications and run them in a cloud environment that's far more flexible,” explained Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
No hype cycles or predictions of zillions of things here. IoT is big. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, Associate Partner at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data analytics considerations, edge-to-cloud tec...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is ...
When growing capacity and power in the data center, the architectural trade-offs between server scale-up vs. scale-out continue to be debated. Both approaches are valid: scale-out adds multiple, smaller servers running in a distributed computing model, while scale-up adds fewer, more powerful servers that are capable of running larger workloads. It’s worth noting that there are additional, unique advantages that scale-up architectures offer. One big advantage is large memory and compute capacity...
The financial services market is one of the most data-driven industries in the world, yet it’s bogged down by legacy CPU technologies that simply can’t keep up with the task of querying and visualizing billions of records. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Karthik Lalithraj, a Principal Solutions Architect at Kinetica, discussed how the advent of advanced in-database analytics on the GPU makes it possible to run sophisticated data science workloads on the same database that is housing the rich...
What's the role of an IT self-service portal when you get to continuous delivery and Infrastructure as Code? This general session showed how to create the continuous delivery culture and eight accelerators for leading the change. Don Demcsak is a DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal for Dell EMC based out of New Jersey. He is a former, long time, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, specializing in building and architecting Application Delivery Pipelines for hybrid legacy, and cloud ...
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assista...
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks. We’re in the midst of a wave of excitement around AI such as hasn’t been seen for a few decades. But those previous periods of inflated expectations led to troughs of disappointment. Will this time be different? Most likely. Applications of AI such as predictive analytics are already decreasing costs and improving reliability of industrial machinery. Furthermore, the funding and research going into AI now comes from a wide range of com...