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Dear Friends of Tick-borne Conditions United:

So much has happened over the past few weeks in our world. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified minority health disparities, while incidents of police misconduct and brutality have provided the catalyst for much needed attention on racism in the United States and beyond.

Research shows that minorities are under-represented in tick-borne disease education, research, and advocacy.

We have a critical need to educate and train both patients and healthcare providers about this under-representation in the arena of tick-borne diseases. TBC United’s co-founders Dr. Jennifer Platt and Beth Carrison are known as national experts in education about lesser-known conditions. We serve as the bridge between patients and emerging science and the desperately needed education for healthcare providers and the public.

With our background and roles, we pledge to you that we will find ways to increase minority participation in our survey research (currently under-represented at less than 1%). We will start in our own community to work with healthcare providers to increase attention to diagnosis of minority patients. We will also seek funding to expand education and outreach of patients and providers in low-income communities.

We cannot meet our mission to educate and empower until we have successfully worked with minority populations to reduce the prevalence of tick-borne conditions. We will intertwine this commitment into our ongoing mission, and strive every day to do our piece to heed the millions of calls for action around the world.

Yours truly,

Jennifer and Beth

Beth Carrison, INHC, Co-founder
Jennifer Platt, DrPH, Co-founder

P.S. If you have feedback or people and/or initiatives we can collaborate with to further our efforts, please email us.

Cofounder, TBC United, CEO and Founder, TickWarriors

Dr. Jennifer Platt has decades of experience in public health and environmental program development. She has led the creation of nationally recognized, award-winning education programs and has spoken extensively to audiences of all sizes.

While working on her doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina in 2011, Dr. Platt contracted Ehrlichiosis. She was later confirmed to also have Lyme Disease and Babesia.

Dr. Platt’s personal experience with tick-borne illness led her to create TickWarriors in 2016, which provides eco-friendly tick protection for people, pets, and property. The pervasive need for education and awareness led Dr. Platt to co-found Tick-borne Conditions United in 2018 with Beth Carrison.

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