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Giving Back

"The meaning in life is to find your gift. The purpose in life is to give it away." ~Pablo Picasso

For the physicians at Shady Grove Fertility, helping patients who are having trouble conceiving extends beyond the exam room. Having the treatment available is one side of the coin, while actually being able to access the care is the other. To address the concerns of access to care through insurance coverage, many Shady Grove Fertility physicians have testified before local and national lawmakers with the goal to create legislation that will help patients gain the insurance coverage they would need to move forward with treatment.

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Shady Grove Fertility is a visionary partner with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. RESOLVE was established in 1974 and remains the only nationwide non-profit organization established to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders.

Since establishing a partnership with RESOLVE, SGF has helped to raise not only awareness but also more than $200,000 through individual gifts and Walk Sponsorships for the annual Walks of Hope that supports RESOLVE programming, such as support groups, educational content, public awareness initiatives, and advocacy efforts to ensure that family building options are available to everyone.

Together RESOLVE and SGF work to make a difference you can see at Advocacy Day on Capital Hill. At this annual event, our physicians speak directly with members of congress to educate and testify on behalf of fertility patients at Advocacy Day. “Infertility is often misunderstood, or at best, poorly understood by those who have not experienced it. On Advocacy Day, patients, volunteers, and professionals have the opportunity to educate legislators from all 50 states that infertility is in fact a disease affecting both women and men. Trained advocates educate legislators and their staffs about infertility legislation before Congress, provide additional and personal insight, and ask for support to pass various bills,” said Gilbert L. Mottla, M.D.

SGF Chief Executive Officer, Mark Segal, CPA, MBA, has served on the RESOLVE Board of Directors since 2013.

The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation

A long-time partner of SGF, the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of families battling infertility. Through education and outreach, the Foundation supports families struggling with infertility and strives to educate outside communities about relevant and related issues. In addition, the Cade Foundation provides financial assistance to families pursuing infertility treatment or domestic adoption through their Family Building Grants worth up to $10,000. This dual support approach distinguishes the Foundation as the only organization of its kind in the nation.

SGF physician, Frank Chang, M.D., has served on the Cade Foundation Board of Trustees since the Foundation's inception. SGF physician Jason Bromer, M.D., also serves on the Board of Trustees, as well as Melissa Esposito, M.D., and Stephanie Beall, M.D., Ph.D., serve on the Foundation's Advisory Council.

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