The Bloodline Newsletter: Spring 2021

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).

Spring 2021

Communications Corner

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Trainings & Webinars

  • New Data from CA SCDC“ (February 2021): The California SCDC program discussed new data sources and data totals, and presented on the upgrade to their data linkage system.
  • Community Engaged Education Materials for Sickle Cell Disease Gene Therapy” (May 2021): Data on the quality and accessibility of the current state of gene therapy patient educational materials were presented. Presenters made a case for the need to engage a variety of stakeholders (from scientists and clinicians, to patients and advocates) to create open-access educational materials to support informed decision-making for sickle cell gene therapy.


  • SCDC Georgia responded to requests for SCDC surveillance data:
    • The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Children’s Medical Services requested data on planning healthcare transition services for youth with SCD, including the use of current procedural terminology (CPT) coding for healthcare transition by providers, assessment of access to care due to loss of insurance coverage, and impact of care coordination services on health outcomes.
    • The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia (SCFG) requested the possibility of obtaining income information for children with SCD to include in future funding applications and planning of SCD educational camps for SCD children of low-income households. SCFG also expressed interest in partnering with SCDC Georgia for future funding opportunities and collaborative research.
    • The Lowndes County Health Department in Georgia, at the request of the mayor of Valdosta, requested data on the number of individuals with SCD residing in the county to address health issues in the area.
    • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services requested information from SCDC California and SCDC Georgia on how best to engage stakeholders, including topics for discussing SCD surveillance (data needs, data presentation) and formatting of meetings for an inclusive discussion.
  • SCDC Georgia now has SCD mortality data from the Georgia Department of Public Health (through 2019); and clinical data from Grady Memorial Health (through 2020) and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (through 2020). SCDC Georgia will link data through 2019 in the coming months.
  • SCDC Wisconsin has finalized the data use agreement with their state partners for newborn screening, Medicaid, and death records. They have also obtained data from the Wisconsin Newborn Screening Laboratory for 2013–2020.

Presentations & Meetings

  • Each of the SCDC states conducted virtual site visits during the first months of 2021. Participants included stakeholders from the departments of Health, healthcare providers, public health researchers, community-based organizations, and SCD advocates.
    • Here is one of the outputs of SCDC Tennessee’s site visit: Stakeholders were asked about their data needs and responded that they seek data that are quantitative, qualitative, audience-specific, and succinct. Overall, they seek more variety and accessibility in data reporting. Publication of the findings from SCDC Tennessee’s session is forthcoming.
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      Stakeholder Identified Data Priorities for SCDC TN

In The News

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  • In March 2021, the SCDC program expanded from nine to 11 states. The project aims to provide information that may be used to improve policy and healthcare standards, inform best practices, and illuminate pathways to deliver innovative treatments and cures in ways that can help address health disparities in SCD.
    SCDC sites map with the following states shaded: Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin.

    The SCDC program works with teams in the shaded states on the map above to collect and link data from several sources.


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