A IS FOR ADVOCACY

USING ALL THE TOOLS IN
THE TOOLBOX

A IS FOR ADVOCACY

USING ALL THE TOOLS IN
THE TOOLBOX

A IS FOR ADVOCACY

USING ALL THE TOOLS IN
THE TOOLBOX

FROM THE DESK OF

Dear Maverick Collective Community,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to this edition of ISSUE: A is for Advocacy: Using all the Tools in the Toolbox.

With sexual and reproductive rights come under increasing threat around the world, I could not think of a more timely or more appropriate topic to discuss.

Advocacy is an integral, yet often underrated or overlooked piece in the road to progress – especially in medicine and public health. It comes in many shapes and forms, connecting all of the pieces of a project, allowing them to build upon each other to enact change.

In this ISSUE, we explore how two project teams across geography and time, rolled up their sleeves and deployed all the advocacy tools at their disposal – and then some – to tackle one of the more insidious diseases affecting women that might not be top of mind: cervical cancer.

From changing private providers’ perceptions and increasing their comfort with additional approaches to screening  in Uttar Pradesh, to creating lasting partnerships that ensured preventative care continued after the project closeout in Trinidad and Tobago, the work Kathy, Julia, and the projects’ teams supported continues to drive change for Sara and her communities – unlocking her infinite potential by allowing her the live a fuller, healthier life.

 

That is the power of advocacy.

So, meet and be inspired by the relentless work of these extraordinary teams with Maverick Beat; explore and discover different types of advocacy and their uses in Heart Homework; and then come join me and a powerhouse of guests to discuss how we can learn from one another and our experiences in Master Class!

I cannot wait to see you.

EVA

DR. EVA LATHROP
GLOBAL MEDICAL DIRECTOR
PSI

FROM THE DESK OF

Dear Maverick Collective Community,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to this edition of ISSUE: A is for Advocacy: Using all the Tools in the Toolbox.
With sexual and reproductive rights come under increasing threat around the world, I could not think of a more timely or more appropriate topic to discuss.
Advocacy is an integral, yet often underrated or overlooked piece in the road to progress – especially in medicine and public health. It comes in many shapes and forms, connecting all of the pieces of a project, allowing them to build upon each other to enact change.
In this ISSUE, we explore how two project teams across geography and time, rolled up their sleeves and deployed all the advocacy tools at their disposal – and then some – to tackle one of the more insidious diseases affecting women that might not be top of mind: cervical cancer.
From changing private providers’ perceptions and increasing their comfort with additional approaches to screening in Uttar Pradesh, to creating lasting partnerships that ensured preventative care continued after the project closeout in Trinidad and Tobago, the work Kathy, Julia, and the projects’ teams supported continues to drive change for Sara and her communities – unlocking her infinite potential by allowing her the live a fuller, healthier life.
That is the power of advocacy.
So, meet and be inspired by the relentless work of these extraordinary teams with Maverick Beat; explore and discover different types of advocacy and their uses in Heart Homework; and then come join me and a powerhouse of guests to discuss how we can learn from one another and our experiences in Master Class!

I cannot wait to see you.

EVA

DR. EVA LATHROP
GLOBAL MEDICAL DIRECTOR
PSI

MAVERICK BEAT

A deeper look at the work Maverick Collective and PSI are doing around the world.

Maverick Beat is a news-style video program that spotlights Maverick Collective projects.
Each episode invites you into the communities where PSI works and highlights the
impact Maverick Collective is making for women and girls.

EPISODE 5 | A IS FOR ADVOCACY

Tune in to Episode 5 of Maverick Beat where, over the course of two segments, we spotlight two projects using all the advocacy tools at hand to prevent and treat cervical cancer: “Early Detection and Treatment of Cervical Cancer in India” &  “Cervical Cancer Prevention in Trinidad and Tobago” You can explore more in the project pages including Kathy’s and Julia’s “journals,” stories from Sara, photos, and more.You can watch the full episode below or each part separately:

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

EARLY DETECTION AND TREATMENT OF
CERVICAL CANCER

Preventing the Preventable

CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION IN
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

An Intergenerational Approach

February 17 | 11 AM to 12:15 PM EST

MASTER CLASS

A live conversation with leading
experts from around the world

Each Master Class will begin with a short presentation followed by a panel discussion. We will close each Master Class with time to discuss and interrogate these ideas as a group.

From influencing policy to intimate conversations with friends, advocacy is an important tool to change opinions and create an enabling environment for change.

Join us to examine how experts are using all the tools in their toolbox to advocate for necessary change for increased prevention and treatment of cervical cancer at every level of influence, and how you can do the same for the issues that are near and dear to you.

In this Master Class you will learn:
– The difference between “big A” and “little a” advocacy, and their roles promoting change;
– The formal and informal ways in which women advocate for the issues they are passionate about;
– The importance of advocacy at all levels of influence when tackling challenging global health issues like cervical cancer.

SPEAKERS

DR. ROOPA DHATT Executive Director (Observer)
Women in Global Health

Dr. Roopa Dhatt is a passionate advocate for gender equality in global health and a leading voice in the movement to correct the gender imbalance in global health leadership. Determined to build a movement to transform women’s leadership opportunities in health, Dr. Dhatt co-founded Women in Global Health (WGH) in 2015 to challenge power and privilege for gender equity in health by mobilizing a diverse group of emerging women health leaders, by advocating existing global health leaders to commit to transforming their institutions, and by holding these leaders to account. With more than 15 chapters worldwide, WGH is changing the conversation about women’s leadership in health at global, national, and local levels.

Dr. Dhatt is particularly committed to addressing issues of power, privilege, and intersectionality that keep many women from global health leadership roles and to opening spaces for the voices of these women to be heard. She is a practicing primary care physician in Washington D.C.

DR. HEATHER WHITEExecutive Director
TOGETHER FOR HEALTH

Dr. Heather White is a global health specialist with twenty years of experience in program design, management, and evaluation across numerous practice areas, including non-communicable diseases, HIV, family planning, and cervical cancer prevention. She has provided hands-on technical support to local teams in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.

At TogetHER for Health she leads the organization in its ongoing mission to end cervical cancer worldwide through effective partnership, advocacy and resource mobilization. Prior to her role at TogetHER, she worked at Population Services International (PSI), where she served as a program manager on the global business development team, and later as PSI’s global technical advisor for cervical cancer, hypertension and diabetes. Heather has experience working with complex international programs that engage multiple partners across civil society, corporate, and government sectors.

DR. ISABEL C. SCARINCI
Associate Director for Globalization and Cancer
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

Dr. Scarinci is a behavioral scientist with a deep commitment to the elimination of cancer disparities in the US and in low- and middle-income countries. The focus of her work is on the application of behavioral science to public health by promoting behavior change at the population level.

Her primary area of interest is cancer prevention and control among low-income, racial/ethnic minorities, and immigrant populations – particularly Latinos and African Americans. She is particularly interested in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based programs that are theory based and culturally relevant to underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Scarinci is also very dedicated to community service. One example of her community work is a 10-year program to promote breast and cervical cancer screening among Latina immigrants in Alabama that relies 100% on the work of committed volunteers – Sowing the Seeds of Health. She is currently the Honorary Consul of Brazil to Alabama.

DR. EVA LATHROP
Global Medical Director
PSI

Dr. Eva Lathrop is the Global Medical Director for PSI, where she oversees a service delivery portfolio that spans over 30 countries and focuses on sexual and reproductive health, legal abortion and post-abortion care, and cervical cancer work. She also works to evolve PSI’s quality approach within primary health care.

Dr. Lathrop has over 20 years of experience in clinical care, teaching, research, and practice in global reproductive health. Her clinical and research interests include increasing access to contraception, legal abortion and post-abortion care in low-resource settings, restricted settings and in the context of complex emergencies. Most recently, Dr. Lathrop served as an Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Global Health at Emory University’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She credits her years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi (1992-1994) as her inspiration for pursuing a career in medicine and public health.

community conversation

A GATHERING OF THE MINDS & HEARTS

Time to connect as a community in an informal, intimate space. Together, we’ll interrogate the projects, share ideas, and ask questions that have bubbled up over the course of this ISSUE. Our guest editors, Kathy and Julia, will be our hosts for the event. 

This is a Maverick Collective Members-Only event. To attend, please check the calendar invite for details.

HEART HOMEWORK

Dig deep and learn more -- in your own time and at your own pace.

LEARN. CONNECT. ADVOCATE

WATCH | 5 STEPS TO BECOMING AN ADVOCATE

Are we obliged to advocate?

As a lifelong world wanderer, Joseph Campbell has a particular perspective on advocacy and self-determination.

LEARN | ADVOCATE TOOLKIT - JUST ADD... YOU!

Brought to you by the Community Toolbox, this toolkit guides you through key questions to help you get started planning an advocacy effort and respond to opposition. 

GET READY TO ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE

discover | connect the dots

LaTricea Adams understands that no issue exists in a silo. To be good advocates, we need to understand our issue and how it both impacts and is impacted by its environment. In her case, it meant expanding her advocacy to confront redlining and environmental justice. 

MEET LATRICEA

RE-IMAGINED | FASHION AS ADVOCACY

Being an activist is not always a safe job. For Indigenous people, who account for 69% of human rights defenders murdered in 2020, every avenue is necessary to safeguard their culture and communities.

MEET: 8 DESIGNERS ADVOCATING ON THE RUNWAY

WATCH: A RUNWAY LIKE NO OTHER

CELEBRATE: INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK

PSA | don't forget to recharge

Like in every other profession where we are caring for others, burn out and compassion fatigue are real conditions for advocates. Here are some resources that may help keep your advocacy spirits high:

BREAK THE BURNOUT

RESOURCES FOR RESILIENCE

PEACE ON PURPOSE