On Wednesday, April 27th, ASRM Executive Director Jared Robins, MD, was invited to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange to honor National Infertility Awareness Week.
This was an opportunity to remove the stigma associated with infertility, highlight the struggles that many people endure to have a family, and shine a light on employers’ critical role in supporting employees in their fertility and family-building journey.
Ringing The Bell To Raise Awareness
National Infertility Awareness Week brings attention to the far-reaching impact of infertility and the challenges that millions of people experience in building their family regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic or marital status.
“We are proud to raise awareness for the one in eight who struggle to conceive during this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week,” said Dr. Jared Robins, ASRM’s Executive Director. “ASRM is dedicated to the advancement of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in evidence-based, lifelong education and learning, through the promotion and support of innovative research, the development and dissemination of the highest ethical and quality standards in patient care, and through advocacy on behalf of physicians and affiliated healthcare providers and their patients.”
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing the science and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission by pursuing excellence in education and research and advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers. In addition, the Society is committed to facilitating and sponsoring educational activities for the lay public and continuing medical education activities for professionals who are engaged in the practice of and research in reproductive medicine.
“We were honored to participate in the NYSE Opening Bell Ceremony to bring attention to the many paths to parenthood,” said Dr. Angeline Beltsos, Kindbody’s CEO. “Infertility is common, yet rarely talked about. By ringing the bell, we seek to bring the conversation about fertility out in the open to move closer to a time where everyone will have access to the fertility and family-building care they need to realize their dream of a family.”
Kindbody is a women-led fertility care company serving employers and consumers. Kindbody owns and operates 28 signature clinics and works with 353 partner provider clinics throughout the U.S. Kindbody’s signature clinics are located in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. In addition, the company plans to expand to 36 retail locations by year’s end.
Coverage At Work Program
After the event, ASRM sent an email to their mailing list clarifying that their participation in this event was not intended to endorse or promote any company or group of providers. Instead, ASRM hopes for the work of all its members, excellence in the practice of reproductive medicine, and the ongoing fight for access to care for all, and to draw attention to the successes of RESOLVE’s “Coverage at Work” program.
RESOLVE’s Coverage at Work program is one-way RESOLVE increases access to care for people challenged in building their families. And last month, they hit a huge milestone. Since 2016, their program has brought new or expanded fertility benefits to 1 million people. So that’s 1 million covered lives!
Overall, these public events help drive attention not just to the plight of those diagnosed with infertility but to the need for companies to start offering fertility benefits to those who need them.
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