What led to your interest in AA&MDSIF, and this leadership position in particular?
What are your priorities getting started?
This also includes working with the medical community and healthcare providers, so they are better able to diagnose these diseases more quickly and get treatment to the patients. Lastly, it’s the research side—the best thing we can do to help patients is be part of the search to find cures, and so that will be another very important part of what we’ll be doing. We will want to spur funding of research for these researchers and clinicians as they try to find treatments and a cure.
Do you have immediate and long term goals for AA&MDSIF programs and services?
Our immediate goals are ensuring that everything we are offering is useful to the patient – this is making sure that everything we deliver to them is of the highest quality and value. That’s the short-term. Long-term is looking at where the gaps may be – finding what we are not offering our patient and provider communities that they still need and that we can provide. We’d like to know where else we can take a leadership role in terms of advocacy for our patients with these diseases.
How would you describe your time at AA&MDSIF thus far?
Kathleen comes to AA&MDSIF from serving in several capacities with the American Red Cross, most recently as CEO of the Red Cross Gold Country Region. Here, she speaks about her initial impressions and ideas as she begins as her leadership of the organization.