The Bloodline Newsletter: January 2022

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).

January 2022 Issue

Communications Corner

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  • SCDC Michigan’s Sickle Cell Disease Partners Call to Action Brief is available online.
  • SCDC Georgia launched an educational video describing their program and how SCD stakeholders can access the program data to bring about policy, practice, and community-level changes for people living with SCD in Georgia.

Trainings & Webinars

Physical activity and exercise in people living with sickle cell disease” (November 2021): Dr. Ogunsile gave a broad overview of the perceived hesitations, current data, and future direction of physical activity in SCD.

Recent Publications

Presentations & Meetings

  • During the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) Annual Convention on October 12, 2021,
    • SCDC Wisconsin presented “Surveillance for sickle cell disease in Wisconsin.”
    • SCDC Georgia presented on how they are using their state’s community partnerships to move data to action for the SCD population.
      SCDC Newsletter - Map of Georgia showing Results: Uses of Geographical Data

      Sangeetha Lakshmanan presenting during the virtual 2021 SCDAA Annual Convention.

  • SCDC Georgia hosted its Stakeholder Advisory meeting on October 27, 2021, with participation from clinicians, community-based organizations, staff from the Georgia Department of Public Health, and public health experts. The group discussed data, research, and policy priorities including future analyses on topics such as immunization adherence among children with SCD, maternal morbidity and mortality among pregnant women with SCD, impact of COVID-19 on individuals with SCD and studying mortality in individuals with SCD.
  • SCDC North Carolina gathered for its second bi-annual meeting on November 10, 2021 to review the program’s progress to date, brainstorm Lay Communication Work Group strategies for success, and continue discussion regarding prioritization of data analyses. Attendees included SCD researchers and clinicians, sickle cell educator counselors, a representative from the Governor’s NC Appointed Council on Sickle Cell Disease and Other Blood Disorders, and people with lived experience. Preliminary surveillance results from SCDC North Carolina were shared. The Advisory Council identified two priorities for data analyses:
    • geographic distribution of people living with SCD relative to clinical centers
    • transition from pediatric to adult care
  • CDC held the SCDC program’s quarterly meeting on December 8, 2021. The meeting covered core evaluation measures; policy, communications, and community-based organization workgroup updates; and publication overviews.
Mandip Kaur presenting community-based organization workgroup updates during the SCDC quarterly meeting.

Mandip Kaur presenting community-based organization workgroup updates during the SCDC quarterly meeting.

In The News

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Webinar: “Addressing school-related inequities for individuals living with sickle cell disease“
          Date/Time: Tue, Feb 15, 2022 10:30am–12:00pm PST


For any questions about the SCDC program, contact Mary Hulihan or Mandip Kaur.

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