Our mission is to increase endometriosis awareness, fund landmark research, provide advocacy and support for patients, and educate the public and medical community.
Founders: Padma Lakshmi, Tamer Seckin, MD
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UpEndo Who We are

In November of 2021, the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound) launched the UpEndo Coalition to serve as a collective voice providing an opportunity for coalition members to work together to raise awareness of endometriosis.

The coalition pursues high-visibility opportunities, including Congressional hearings, federal agency and White House initiatives, and media opportunities and events. We specifically focus on Congressional committees that have jurisdiction over issues of interest to the coalition, such as the House and Senate Health Appropriations Subcommittees and authorizing committees. In addition, the coalition will work with thought leaders outside of the government, such as DC and other state-based think tanks with interests in health and women’s reproductive health.

UpEndo will achieve greater visibility and increased attention to endometriosis by empowering national and international stakeholders and our allies in Congress and identifying state and local education opportunities. Currently, few states have addressed endometriosis through their legislative initiatives. We hope they will look to the historic 2019 New York State menstrual health and endometriosis law and implement it in their state. In addition, the public needs to understand the symptoms of endometriosis and what treatment options are currently available.