CARE About Fibroids, in partnership with The White Dress Project, held a policy briefing and discussion with lawmakers, policy experts, patients, and advocates on uterine fibroids and their impact on women in the U.S last month.The event was held on Monday, April 8 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and was moderated by Jenny Rosenberg, Executive Director of CARE About Fibroids, who presented findings our organization’s recent white paper entitled, Uterine Fibroids: A briefing on the condition of, and its impact on, women in the U.S.
Featured guest speakers included Adrianna Hopkins from ABC7 News, Dori Salcido, a former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary; Dr. Serina Floyd, a faculty member at George Washington University and Georgetown who serves as the medical director for Planned Parenthood of Washington, DC; Tanika Gray Valbrun, Founder of The White Dress Project; and Dr. Evan Myers, Principal Investigator of COMPARE - UF at the Duke University School of Medicine. CAREaboutFibroids.org
“I would guarantee you of all the women in here, more than half have fibroids." Adrianna Hopkins is one of them. The ABC7 News - WJLA anchor suffered from symptomatic uterine fibroids, going to her doctor and having ten of the muscular growths removed after noticing a lump on her stomach. Since her fibroids were found, she took it upon herself to learn more about the condition and has become a vocal advocate for women who experience it.
Speaking on a CARE About Fibroids educational panel just feet from the U.S. Capitol, Ms. Hopkins shared her personal story of living with uterine fibroids, with a room full of policy experts, patients, and advocates. Women in the audience nodded knowingly and sympathetically throughout the discussion and offered their own stories, underscoring the shared — if mostly unacknowledged — experience of living with uterine fibroids.
A comprehensive summary of our 2019 Capitol Hill Policy Briefing can be accessed here and read below