HEALTH EQUITY FOR WOMEN
Why Health Equity for Women?
Wealth is Health. Health Equity is perspective…. to a child in an undeveloped country, fresh water is health. To a community without proper medical care, medical equipment is wealth. Wealth is being able to provide for your family, having access to healthcare, education, and opportunity. Through Health, you can achieve joy, freedom, and prosperity. Health Equity is having all that you need, which appears in many forms, varying around the world. Wealth + Health = Choices.
What It Means to Me
I am unapologetic about my passion for all that is good, just, and fair in life. Health equity for women is one of those areas and I will not stop until all women have equitable access to healthcare, which allows them to have wealthier lives for themselves, their family, and their community. With my background in the med-tech industry, wealth through health means getting medical devices and life science products to market faster. As a business adviser, it means getting equipment and life altering technology into the hands of the people who need it through access to capital, strategic planning, and optimization of manufacturing and distribution processes.
As a speaker, it means advocating for health equity for women, for those women who need it most around the world. And as the CEO and founder of HERHealthEQ, it means providing medical equipment creating health equity for women around the world. This has been my life’s passion, and now I’m on a mission to create the access and availability needed for people everywhere to experience Health Equity.
Health = Choices.
As a child, I wanted to be an astronaut. While it may not be a given in our world that a little girl with a love of science and desire for space exploration would be met with support, I was wealthy in the truest sense of the word, as I had choices. My family encouraged me as I studied science and math, went to Space Camp programs, and attended university for Engineering. My world was one where I had choices, and the freedom to follow my dreams.
In order to explore humanity in a different way, I made the choice to move into the medical device world. Through my experience working with companies promoting women’s health and developing technology to detect breast, cervical, and uterine cancer, I realized this was a path for me to help people improve their health by giving them access to the equipment that they needed.
Living abroad in developing countries added a new layer to my understanding of choice and health equity. I was exposed to people who had fewer material possessions but were often much happier with their lives. I came to realize that wealth couldn’t be reduced to money alone, but encompasses all aspects of life, where the concept of wealth can look very different from culture to culture.
I also came face to face with extreme inequity. Living and working in Costa Rica, I saw people forced to weigh possibly life-saving care for themselves or an ailing loved one against feeding other members of the family. It was at that point I knew I was meant to use my choices to make a difference.
From the seed planted in Costa Rica, grew a global non-profit organization. I founded HERHealthEQ to raise awareness and work for equitable access to healthcare worldwide for women.
Health = Choices. If there’s one thing I know for sure from studying space exploration, it’s that the possibilities are endless.
HERHealthEQ’s mission is to provide medical devices and equipment to developing nations through programs that instill equitable healthcare as a means to enforce social and gender equality. HERHealthEQ’s vision is a world where women have access to healthcare equally to men.
EQuipment. EQuity. Health Outcomes. For HER.
CONNECTING TO CAPITAL
LLEX is leading the transformation of the direct investment industry through our curated membership community of seasoned investors, operators and financial professionals. LLEX provides a network and resource offering in an effort to solve efficiency within the middle market where our partners source, execute and invest. Serving as the Life Science / Medtech Expert within the global network, helping companies grow through capital and management support
Fayer Consulting works with your company to Grow your Life Science organization, to help your company reach its potential. We help you by reducing costs and increasing profits. Specializing in Offshoring and/or Outsourcing, Project Management, M&A Due Diligence, Company Strategy, and Optimization of your Operations. We also partner with you for strategic growth opportunities available in our vast network, through the connection to capital.
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Wonder Women of Medtech Honoree
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THOUGHTS FROM MARISSA
“…to successfully launch a non-profit, there needs to be focus. Due to my background, what I have worked on throughout my career, and the countries I’ve been to, our focus (for now) is to ensure that women and girls have access to healthcare.”
“New innovation and technology are readily being adapted in the US with doctors and patients continuously looking for best in class products. But due to reimbursement pricing pressures, they are also looking for the most cost effective solution, many of which have been manufactured in or near-shored to the US.”
“Health equality can be focused on after health equity is achieved. Having access to health care is fair and just and everyone throughout the world should have that right.”
“The prevailing theme behind managing successful partner relationships, throughout this article and in general, is trust. Trust that you chose the right partner to grow your business, and then trust them to do their job. If the CM is successful, the OEM is successful, and vice versa.”
“Our waste, is their gift”
“I saw that there was waste in the industry and I was trying to figure out what to do with that.”
“How can we create equitable access to all who need, including health?”
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