The Bloodline Newsletter: Summer 2020

The Bloodline. Sickle Cell Data Collection (SCDC) Program Quarterly Newsletter

Mission: To improve quality of life, life expectancy, and health among people living with sickle cell disease (SCD).

Summer 2020

Communications Corner

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  • During Sickle Cell Awareness Month in September, CDC is sharing resources on surveillance, diversity among the SCD community, common complications of SCD, and more. Follow @CDC_NCBDDD on Twitter to stay updated.
  • SCDC Georgia released the brief, Hospital encounters among adults living with sickle cell disease in Georgia, 2012–2016.
  • CDC released the “Steps to Better Health for People with Sickle Cell Disease” toolkit, which includes common complications of SCD and steps to take for better health. Fact sheets related to this content will be coming soon!
  • SCDC California released their new SCD website, which includes information about SCD in California, webinars, data requests, and more.
  • Dr. Mary Hulihan (CDC) and Dr. Titilope Fasipe (Baylor College of Medicine) appeared as guests on the September 12th episode of Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys.
  • CDC recently produced an American Sign Language video that shares the reasons why it’s helpful for African Americans to give blood to help people with SCD stay healthy. This video is intended for African Americans who are deaf and hearing impaired.

Trainings & Webinars

End of life healthcare utilization for those with SCD and the potential need for a palliative care model” (July 2020): Emily E. Johnston, MD, MS and Oyebimpe O. Adesina, MD discussed the findings of their recently published article, “Acute care utilization at end of life in sickle cell disease: Highlighting the need for a palliative approach.”

Recent Publications



  • Responded to questions from the Florida Department of Health and University of the Virgin Islands regarding the technical, administrative, and oversight aspects of establishing an SCD surveillance program in their communities.

SCDC Georgia

  • Responded to questions from the Mississippi Department of Health regarding technical, administrative, and oversight aspects of establishing a SCD surveillance program in their communities.
  • Consulted with a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta physician on data to support a research proposal related to COVID-19 and SCD care.
  • Updated data on the prevalence, healthcare utilization, mortality, and geography of SCD in Georgia for long-time collaborator Dr. Peter Lane’s presentation to the regional Education and Mentoring to BRing Access to CarE for SCD (EMBRACE) stakeholder advisory board held in August.

Presentations & Meetings

  • Susan Paulukonis (SCDC California) and Niani Coker (SCDC California) will present “Impact of economic factors on emergency department (ED) utilization in California’s sickle cell population: Examination of ED utilization rate by household income” at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (virtual) on October 27, 2020.
  • Susan Paulukonis, Mary Hulihan, Angela Snyder (SCDC Georgia), and Mei Zhou (SCDC Georgia) will present “Hematologist encounters for sickle cell disease patients in Medicaid” at the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research Symposium (virtual) on September 25, 2020.

In The News

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Webinar: “California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)”

  • Date/Time: September 28, 2020, 10:00am–11:30am PST
  • Presenter: CEO and President of CIRM, Maria Millian, will present on what’s new at the California agency, which funds stem cell research, and on programmatic updates related to SCD.


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