#TLCTransform Chat: The Inclusion Pledge Partnership to Impact Health Equity

The Tigerlily Foundation hosted #TLCTransform Chat: The Inclusion Pledge Partnership to Impact Health Equity, on 7/1/20. The meeting began with an active listening session about the deeply disturbing disparities facing Black women in every aspect of breast cancer research, diagnosis, treatment, and mortality. The community was presented with the origins of the pledge and encourage to consider their role in ending health disparities.

Our all star cadre of guests included: 

Maimah Karmo, President Tigerlily Foundation

Angel in Disguise, MBC Advocacy Organization 

Julia Maues, MBC Patient Advocate 

Christine Hodgdon, MBC Patient Advocate  

Jamil Kali, <> 

Dana Donofree, Patient Advocate  

Tomika Talks, Patient Advocate 

Part 1: The Story of the #InclusionPledge

What’s the Inclusion Pledge?

The Inclusion Pledge is 21 words committing us to intentionally use our power and resources to center Health Equity in all of our advocacy.

What can 21 words do?

A lot. We were already going to be doing advocacy, awareness, education, and storytelling. We were already going to use our social capital, financial support, networking, and other resources for something, that’s why you’re here right now. Every event we attend also wants to use those things. The pledge allows us to combine our efforts, to maximize our impact around the urgent unmet need of Health Equity.

Four Facts of Breast Cancer Life and Death Speak For Themselves

Okay. I see your point! What are these 21 words?

“WE PLEDGE TO ONLY PARTICIPATE IN INITIATIVES – ADVOCACY PANELS, ADVISORY BOARDS, PLANNING COMMITTEES, PROGRAMS, THAT INCLUDE THE EXPERIENCE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN.” 

Part 2: What Does The Inclusion Pledge Partnership Mean For Advocates? Here’s what the community had to say.

Q1. For those who have taken the #InclusionPledge: what motivated you?

Q2. If you’ve taken the #InclusionPledge: what actions you have taken so far?

Q3. For those who have taken the #InclusionPledge: what actions have you have committed to take?

Is that it?

Nope! Now it’s time to get going. Let folks know that if they want you they need to bring Black women too. And, if they’re not sure where to find them you and Tigerlily Foundation can help.