Honoring Patient Advocates
Former First Lady Laura W. Bush and her daughter Barbara Pierce Bush were recognized with the prestigious ASCP Patients’ Advocate Award for their national and international efforts to advance patient care. A long-time advocate for women’s health, Laura W. Bush helped launch the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon campaign to provide cervical and breast cancer screening and care in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Barbara Pierce Bush serves as the CEO of Global Health Corps, an organization that provides a healthcare version of the Peace Corps. Global Health Corps unites pairs of young people, one from the United States with one from a developing country, to improve health care in specific developing countries. Mr. Jacobs presented the awards at the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting in Boston and reminded the honorees that they were in good company as past recipients include Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, and the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy.