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GPAC and ASPS Annual Meeting 2021 | Atlanta, GA

GPAC Global Patient Advocacy Coalition has made some incredibly productive advances in our efforts to provide patients with information that is needed to make an educated and informed decision about having breast implant surgery.

Last weekend, a few members of our legislation team headed to Atlanta to participate in the ASPS Annual Meeting in conjunction with BISA Breast Implant Safety Alliance. BISA has attended the conference for the past three years. We are grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate and discuss solutions with the largest and most esteemed plastic surgery society in the world. ASPS values the patient perspective and it speaks volumes that they are welcoming collaborative efforts to better understand Breast Implant Illness. In the inspirational words of Maya Angelou... “When you know better, you do better”.

During the ASPS Annual Meeting, Robyn Towt, Terri Diaz and Tori Wilt attended the LAC Legislative Advocacy Committee meeting to discuss the informed consent legislation that has recently passed in Arizona, and the similar legislation that is being implemented in several other states.

Our GPAC team is proud and honored to announce that we have been working with the ASPS Advocacy and Government Relations team for the past several months. Our main goal was to work together collaboratively to develop model legislation and an agreed-upon patient decision checklist that will be used as the standard language in the legislation efforts that our GPAC team is working on in many states.

We are thrilled to announce that the ASPS executive board has voted to adopt our model legislation and patient decision checklist. This collaborative effort displays that “unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. “ - Mattie Stepanek

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the ASPS leadership team for their hospitality and group effort to better understand Breast Implant Illness, and for being open to future collaboration. Special thanks to Dr. Scot Glasberg, Patrick Hermes, and Gabrielle Koenig for the joint effort in making positive changes for patients.

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