Congressional Black Caucus 2018 – Acessa Health Partners with The White Dress Project to Present on Healthcare Disparities and Uterine Fibroids


AUSTIN, Texas–()–Acessa Health Inc., developer of the Acessa System®,
announced today it is continuing its collaboration with The White Dress
Project, a nonprofit group that promotes fibroid awareness and advocacy,
to present a session at this year’s Congressional
Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference
. Earlier this year, both
organizations announced the launch of the Goodbye
Fibroids
initiative which aims to unite women, physicians and
leaders to raise awareness and elevate the standard of care for uterine
fibroids.

“We are focused on ensuring that women have access to all available
treatment options for their uterine fibroids. Unfortunately, there is a
well-established racial barrier to women receiving less invasive
alternatives to hysterectomy and this joint session aims to elevate the
discussion among civil leaders surrounding this disparity,” said Acessa
Health President and CEO Kim Rodriguez.

The current racial disparities impacting uterine fibroids are
significant and well established in medical literature. As an example,
among women who underwent hysterectomy for benign indications, African
American women were less likely to receive a minimally invasive
hysterectomy compared to white women. They were also 40% more likely to
develop complications, nearly three times as likely to have a long
hospital stay, and three times as likely to die, even though African
American women were younger on average1,2.

Tanika Gray Valbrun, founder of The White Dress Project, noted, “As a
community we need to begin to address and change the clear, systematic
and structural defect within the US healthcare system that
disproportionately pushes women of color toward the most invasive
option, which is hysterectomy.”

This session will bring together leaders such as Adrianna Hopkins, host
of Good Morning Washington and fibroids patient; Dr. Alicia Christy,
Deputy Director of Reproductive Health at the Veterans Administration;
Dr. Nicole Williams from The Gynecology Institute of Chicago; and
Patient Ambassadors from The White Dress Project, Rashetta Fairnot and
Jennifer Branison.

“This multi-stakeholder panel brings together the perspectives of
patients, physicians and policy makers to begin tackling this complex
topic,” said Dr. Nicole Williams, Founder and CEO of The Gynecology
Institute of Chicago. “I am honored to be included in this panel and I
believe that in order to effect change we need to open discussions about
what is contributing to the overuse of hysterectomy to treat fibroids.”

About Acessa Health Inc.

Acessa Health is a women’s health innovator dedicated to advancing
minimally invasive, uterine-sparing solutions for women with symptomatic
fibroids. The company introduced the use of radiofrequency ablation for
the treatment of uterine fibroids and is continuing to develop
technologies that improve the lives of its patients. Acessa Health’s
headquarters are in Austin, TX. For more information, visit AcessaProcedure.com.

1 Rosemarie B. Hakim, PhD, M. Beth Benedict, DrPH, JD, and Nancy J.
Merrick, MD, MSPH, Quality of Care for Women Undergoing a Hysterectomy:
Effects of Insurance and Race/Ethnicity, Am J Public Health. 2004
August; 94(8): 1399–1405.
2 Whitney R. Robinson, Mariah M. Cheng,
Annie Green Howard, William R. Carpenter, Wendy R. Brewster and Kemi M.
Doll, For U.S. Black women, shift of hysterectomy to outpatient settings
may have lagged White women: a claims-based analysis, 2011–2013, BMC
Health Serv Res. 2017; 17: 526.


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