February 21, 2012
As we hear rants from public figures attempting to agitate the populace against women and their access to specific health needs, Adagio Health has--for 42 years!-- quietly and compassionately gone about its unwavering mission to provide critical services for tens of thousands of women and their families in Western Pennsylvania. Women who might otherwise be without quality comprehensive healthcare, including: obstetrics and gynecology, breast and cervical cancer screening, STD testing and treatment, nutrition counseling, teen pregnancy prevention, HIV prevention, sexuality education for teens, community education, parent education. Adagio Health makes an enormous, yet generally under-appreciated, impact on so many throughout our region. Rather than seek flashy headlines or engage in self-serving publicity stunts, they focus--every day--on the demanding and important work at hand. Their motivation is simple--to provide excellent care for women who need it--period. As a physician living in Pittsburgh for over two decades, I was among the many who simply had not heard of Adagio Health--until recently when invited to participate on an Adagio medical oversight committee, and then, subsequently, to join the Adagio Board. I felt two responses: (1) shame on me for taking so long to appreciate this amazing organization, its dedicated staff, and phenomenal impact on women's health; and (2) what an honor it was to be invited to work with such committed people to further improve and extend the impact of Adagio Health. Hopefully, more and more people will begin to appreciate and support the "jewel" that we are blessed to have in our region. While politicians and zealots roil in competition for limelight, it is gratifying to know that there exist organizations like Adagio that rise above such trivial behaviors and, instead, "do good" for so many deserving people "without discrimination on the basis of race, disability, sexual orientation, financial ability, religion, age, sex, or marital status". Everyone should be proud to encourage Adagio to "keep up the great work"!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
women's healthcare throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
work to increase the recognition of the service of and financial support for Adagio Health services,
Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?
How much of an impact do you think this organization has?
Will you tell others about this organization?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
How did you learn about this organization?
Friends and colleagues.
What is this organization's top short-term priority?
improving women's health.
What is its top priority in the long run?
improving women's health.
Board Member & Served as a medical oversight consultant, and a member of the Board.