Rucker’s commitment to community health is in direct alignment with the role Dr. Lawrence has assumed for the District of Columbia and cities across the country. Medical staffing company LEAP LLC, as well as the business’s partner nonprofit, LEAP Foundation DC, together are devoted to globally providing competent and caring medical professionals for all clients, as well as educational and training opportunities to meet the aspirations of the underserved citizens of the District of Columbia.
“Through both my business and nonprofit, we are committed to addressing the unmet social and health needs of the people of the District of Columbia,” Dr. Clayton said. “I have seen, first hand, the positive impact advocacy can have on a community in need. It is up to us, as leaders, to provide a stage and voice for those who are overlooked and disregarded. This includes tending to the health needs of the veteran and civilian patients who visit our government-contracted facilities.”
Boston Scientific Corporation is clearly committed to a similar mission. The company’s medical device products are used in everything from interventional cardiology to urology. Boston Scientific recently appointed Dr. Helene Clayton-Jeter, also in attendance at this year’s Wenger Awards, as its national director of the Close the Gap Health Equity Program.
Dr. Clayton-Jeter’s experience includes six years as the director of cardiovascular and endocrine liaison program, Office of Health and Constituent Affairs, Federal Drug Administration, as well as the health programs coordinator for the FDA. Her work has helped raise awareness of health professional and patient issues and viewpoints. Her latest endeavor aims to “eliminate cardiovascular care disparities,” while helping to ensure “all patients receive optimal cardiac care, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity or primary language.”
“LEAP is committed to diversity and assisting in the eradication of health disparities,” Dr. Lawrence said. “It goes without saying that we are proud to collaborate with a trailblazer and organization clearly committed to the values we are so well-aligned with. It was an honor to be in attendance at the annual WomenHeart Wenger Awards. We believe strongly in WomenHeart’s mission and it was an incredible opportunity to see so many come together at a fantastic event.”
Named in honor of Dr. Nanette Kass Wenger, the annual Wenger Award ceremonies each year focus on women’s cardiovascular medicine and research. Wenger has been called a pioneer for women in cardiology. WomenHeart has sponsored the event for several years and is on a mission to “improve the health and quality of women living with or at risk of heart disease, and to advocate for their benefit.”
The 2018 Wenger Awardees included The Hon. Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Excellence on Public Service; Dr. Roxana Mehran, Excellence in Medical Leadership; Chandra Wilson, Excellence in Media; and Dr. Clayde Yancy, Excellence in Medical Research.