Posted on April 1, 2021
By Krystal Redman, Executive Director
It’s been three months since I joined the Breast Cancer Action team, and I can already see the indispensable impact we have on the breast cancer movement.
We bring together evidence-based scientific expertise and the lived experiences of people with breast cancer to drive the systemic changes needed to address and end this health crisis. And we can only do this with your support.
One of the things that attracted me to BCAction is the understanding that making these systemic changes means confronting breast cancer through a health justice lens. In order to address and end this disease, we must tackle the root causes of health inequities. These inequities – which result from the complex interplay of culture, power, economics, racism, and sexism – create unacceptable rates of breast cancer incidence, mortality, and survival and have disparate impacts on Black and brown folks.
My commitment to you for the rest of this year and beyond is to deepen our health justice and equity work, and to be intentional about how we structure BCAction so that we can best honor those commitments and fully and boldly live out our values. Here are some of the ways we will do that:
- We will center the folks most harmed by systemic oppressions, to uplift those with the furthest relationships from power, and to elevate our own stories and our knowledge, as we are the subject matter experts of our own lives and experiences.
- We will create a leadership model that is actively anti-racist, consistently evaluating how capitalism shows up in our policies, and always centering peoples’ experiences in every step of our work.
- We will continue to focus our resources to ensure that people have access to evidence-based information to support their decisions around treatment and care.
I truly believe that, with your support, BCAction can accomplish these ambitious and vital goals. Thank you.