Novartis developed the STEP (Solutions to Empower Patients) ProgramTM to fund innovative projects from United States (US)–based nonprofit organizations that help address some of the most pressing gaps between best practices and the care a patient - or caregiver - actually receives. By supporting the patient advocacy organizations that are best positioned to address these unmet needs, our goal is to help reduce the burden of disease and help create a path to better care.

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Program Overview

The STEP ProgramTM - Supporting Solutions From Patient Advocacy Organizations.

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Application for Funding to Help Address Health Disparities

Closed for Submissions. To help address health disparities impacting people managing a range of conditions, The STEP ProgramTM is funding six proposals from patient advocacy organizations.

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Funding Recipients That Will Help Address Health Disparities

Health disparities disproportionately affect members of marginalized populations, often leading to poorer health outcomes compared to other groups. Though the causes are complex, it is possible to make meaningful strides towards achieving health equity.

Past Funding Recipients

Since its creation, the STEP ProgramTM has funded a variety of programs and resources that are helping to address educational gaps for patients, their caregivers, and the health care community.

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Cancer and blood disorder diagnoses can be overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. To help improve patient and caregiver resources, additional innovative support can be implemented across the care continuum.

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Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)

SCD is a lifelong illness that places physical and emotional burdens on patients and their loved ones as they manage issues with family, school, and work.

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Due to the unpredictable nature of the disease, MS caregivers (also called “support partners” or “care partners”) can face many challenges while navigating the often-changing care needs for their loved one.

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Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Individuals with AMD may experience difficulties navigating everyday activities at home or at work, such as self-care, cooking, driving, using a computer, or reading.

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For questions about the STEP ProgramTM, please contact a member of the STEP ProgramTM team at [email protected]