PharmaCares (now Health Pathfinder) Background
PharmaCares was conceived on Veteran’s Day (11/11/11), when a National Public Radio show aired a segment stating that over 1.5 million Veterans had no access to insurance or needed medications due to their prioritization level at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The concept grew as community members and organizations came forward for help getting medicines, making Medicare co-payments and gaining access to affordable health insurance.
Our realization was that we are obliged to help people gain access to affordable health care and ensure that none of our community or anyone in need goes without their medicines either.
As healthcare changes and evolves in the U.S., we will continue to assist those in need. Many people will have access to state and national healthcare programs, but they need guidance in which program is right for their healthcare needs. Secondly, while awaiting access to care, many Veterans, community members and others are in need of care and medications. PharmaCares connects patients to the right patient assistance program (PAP), community program, state, government or private program based on the speed and severity and duration of their need and/or the right organization to get emergency care and medicines and care to the person in need. Many people have healthcare bills from hospitals or healthcare providers that they can’t pay. We can help negotiate with providers to reduce or even eliminate healthcare debt.
PharmaCares helps U.S. Veterans as well as Americans in need gain access to affordable healthcare: health insurance, medicines, and healthcare advocacy.
How We Can Help
- We have relationships with key PAP leadership at all of the major pharmaceutical companies and the leaders of their charitable Foundations.
- We have relationships with the physicians who lead clinics that can provide assistance, care and medications to Veterans and other patients more efficiently.
- We have relationships with the national programs that can distribute free meds and provide care.
- Five of our directors have a combined one hundred and ten years of experience in the healthcare arena – we have seen firsthand the need for PharmaCares.
Board of Directors:
Cynthia Murphy PsyD, MBA – Chair
Dr. Murphy is Executive Director, Director of Internship Training and Clinical Psychologist at The Memory Clinic. Prior to joining The Memory Clinic in 2000, Dr. Murphy worked in the pharmaceutical industry on new product development and marketing for anti-dementia compounds for 15 years. She received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England and her M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Janet Carlson – Executive Director, Secretary
Janet Carlson is the CEO and Creative Director, Copy of the One Eleven Group. Ms. Carlson has spent 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry. She began her career at Parke-Davis, then moved into medical advertising. Ms. Carlson helped launch the first interactive medical news company aimed at physicians under entrepreneur Christopher Whittle. She then began her own interactive agency, focusing on healthcare professionals (HCPs) in 1994. One Eleven Group built the first industry websites, then pioneered e-sampling for HCPs , and led the first mobile sampling with Epocrates. The One Eleven Group focuses on marketing for the healthcare industry, with clients in telehealthcare, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, long term care facilities, physicians, and insurance companies. One Eleven has more recently successfully expanded a branch of their business to offer small business and craft products marketing and PR, since small business has the biggest economical impact in our country. Ms. Carlson is also a TEDx Speaker and recently gave a TEDTalk entitled “How Can Pharma Waste Go From Problem to Solution?” Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6FIRmYd3Ws
Doug Bloom – Treasurer
Doug Bloom is the Executive Creative Director of the One Eleven Group. Mr. Bloom is a digital media and interactive technology designer with extensive experience helping bio-pharmaceutical companies better connect with prescribers. His specialties include Internet, new media, social media, information design and data visualization professional with more than 15 years successfully developing award-winning web sites and marketing campaigns that convey complex information in an easy-to-understand format.
Ms. Burd-Sharps worked for the United Nations for two decades on issues of poverty and economic empowerment, primarily in Africa and China. In 1995, she led UNIFEMS work in Beijing for the 1995 UN Women’s Conference and supported the nascent NGO movement in China. Ms. Burd-Sharps was subsequently Deputy Director of the UN’s flagship Human Development Report Office, where she contributed to global reports on human rights, globalization and environmental sustainability and led work on national human development reports on every continent. Ms. Burd-Sharps left the United Nations in 2007 to found Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council. She has co-authored two volumes of the Measure of America series (Columbia University Press, 2008; NYU Press, 2010) on well being and access to opportunity in the US and thematic reports on such topics as the social determinants of health, child well being, health care reform and the measure of social impact. Measure of America has also developed several web based interactive tools, including “Mapping the Measure of America” and the “Common Good Forecaster” (with United Way). Ms. Burd-Sharps contributes regularly to mainstream media outlets, with articles published in the New York Times, The Nation, Huffington Post, Stanford Innovation Review and more. Ms. Burd-Sharps holds a Masters in International Affairs for Columbia University.
Bruce Wolf, M.D.
Dr. Bruce Wolf is board certified in Allergy and Immunology and practices in Nashville, TN. One of the guiding principles of his practice is to help those in need. Through the early years in his practice, Dr. Wolf observed the large amount of sample medications given to his practice and, at the same time, the large number of patients who struggled to make ends meet when it came to paying for their medications. In 1997, he surveyed his practice and found that $300,000 worth of medicine was given to his practice. Even in his generous hands, Dr. Wolf was surprised that 10% of the medication went unused on his shelves. These disturbing facts made him begin the initiatives called The Dispensary of Hope and Hope Beyond Hope as 501(c)(3) non-profit entities.
Legal advisor: Anne Marie Segal, Partner, Martin LLP, Stamford, CT.