Shalom Hadassah Friends!
Hadassah’s 96th National Business Meeting & Symposium was held in Baltimore, Maryland, July 30 and 31. Major programming initiatives, both innovative and strategic, were officially launched, and powerful advocacy policy statements were passed.
Hadassah’s National Board and delegates approved three key policy issues. The first is a statement in support of women’s economic equity and security; the others reaffirm previous positions in support of medical research funding – especially funding for women’s health research.
Major new programming initiatives were launched, as well as a new Hadassah Leadership Fellows Program.
Choose Where To Make Your Impact: Allows donors to select any of Hadassah Medical Organization’s areas of expertise such as Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, Surgery and Trauma.
Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program. Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death among women in the US and worldwide; yet, up to 82% of Heart Disease is preventable. Women’s symptoms are different from men’s, and often go unrecognized. This program will educate women informing them about heart healthily living and the incredible care and research at HMO’s Heart Institute.
Hadassah Leadership Fellows: This is a selective, two-year program designed to attract and develop the next generation of Hadassah leadership. The Fellows will participate on Impact Boards related to specific areas of interest such as women’s health and medical research, venture capitalism, public policy, and social justice. This program will involve missions to Washington DC and Israel, seminars on topics related to the Impact Boards, skill development; and will concentrate on the institutionalization of leadership in order to ensure long-term commitment and involvement in Hadassah’s future.
On August 17 and 18, the Desert Mountain Region Board Meeting was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. I attended, along with other Desert Mountain Region Presidents and representatives from seven Western states. All of the new programs outlined above were presented. Our Chapter has ordered informational materials for all of these programs and it will be available at all our future Chapter luncheons and events.
These new programs are innovative and exciting! Hadassah continues to move forward with cutting-edge programs and medical breakthroughs—all made possible by the generosity of Hadassah members like you!
Our November 10 Education Seminar, "Be Your Own Health Advocate," is in keeping with Hadassah’s focus on women’s health issues. There will be presentations by a panel of experts in heart health, breast cancer, gynecology and dermatology.
Iris Sapovits, my Co-President, will be ending her term on December 31. Iris has been a dedicated, capable and tireless leader of our Hadassah Southern Arizona Chapter for the past 2 ½ years. We were fortunate to have had Iris and look forward to her remaining on the Board to offer her experience and knowledge as our Chapter continues to grow.
I’ll close with a quote from Avigdor Kaplan, PhD, Director General of Hadassah Medical Organization: "I have long considered Hadassah to be the jewel in the crown of Israeli medicine."