For providing essential health services and reproductive care to millions of women for more than a century
The 2017 Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award honors Planned Parenthood for providing essential health services and reproductive care to millions of women for more than a century. Approximately one in five women in the U.S. have received its assistance at some point during their lives. Without Planned Parenthood, many individuals would not have access to high-quality and affordable health care. Although the organization is most famous for aiding women, it helps men as well. In 2015, its almost 650 U.S. health care centers served 2.4 million people.
Award presentation by Patricia Harris
Good afternoon. I have the privilege of introducing this year’s Lasker–Bloomberg Public Service Award recipient. The award honors exceptional individuals or organizations that have strengthened medical research, public health, or healthcare in ways that significantly benefit the greater good.
The Lasker Foundation is an amazing organization. So I want to recognize Dr. Pomeroy, board chair Mike Overlock, and, especially, board member Al Sommer who is a longtime friend, the chair of the Lasker-Bloomberg Award selection committee, and also an outstanding member of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ board.
Acceptance remarks by Cecile Richards
2017 Public Service Award video
Video Credit: Flora Lichtman