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    our history The History of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America – Michigan Chapter The Passion Continues ​ OUR MISSION​ To maximize the life potential of individuals living with sickle cell disease To enable individuals with sickle cell trait to make informed decisions with respect to family planning. To provide education and testing for the general public ​ SCDAA-MI’s story began in August of 1971 at Kirwood Hospital when renowned pediatrician and sickle cell expert Dr. Charles F. Whitten founded the Sickle Cell Detection and Information Program. The agency’s creation was just one achievement on Dr. Whitten’s lengthy list of accomplishments. In 1956, he’d been selected as clinical director of pediatrics at Detroit Receiving Hospital – the first African American in the role. In 1960, he and Dr. Charles Wright founded the African Medical Education Fund. Nearly a decade later, he instituted Wayne State University’s Post Baccalaureate Enrichment Program after noticing that black students often needed additional preparation for medical school. Then in 1971 he formed the “Sickle Cell Center,” and along with Dorothy Boswell formed the National Association for Sickle Cell Disease (now the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America) that same year. He led the national organization for nearly 20 years. Over its 48 year history, the SCDAA-MI has held fast to its mission of improving the lives of individuals with sickle cell disease. Meanwhile, it has also grown in scope in response to evolving medical and social demands. Still situated on Detroit’s northwest side, in the original building of its founding, the agency completed purchase of its interconnected stretch of buildings in 1990. The structure contains 14 offices, a laboratory where free trait and disease screening is conducted, a conference room, and an educational wing. There is also ample outdoor space for client activities. SCDAA-MI is one of the only community-based organizations in the country responsible for overseeing a state-wide sickle cell program. After Dr. Whitten passed away in 2008, his daughter Wanda Whitten-Shurney, M.D. – a beloved pediatrician as well – stepped away from her role as Director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell at Clinic Children’s Hospital of Michigan and assumed leadership of SCDAA-MI. Currently its CEO & Medical Director, she continues to steer the agency and manages to carve out time to care for newly-diagnosed infants at CHM as well. Dr. Shurney has been a familiar and caring face to hundreds of families whose children have received their out-patient care from her during her 30-year career. She has worked relentlessly to help kids and their families manage sickle cell, emphasizing education and coping strategies to help individuals enjoy healthier, more active lives. She also a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Sickle Cell Advisory Committee . Her passion for sickle cell patients and the people who love them continues. ​ LEARN MORE ​ ​Dr. Charles F. Whitten Black History Month Sickle Cell Pioneers Dr. Whitten's papers acquired by NIH library Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney Read more about Dr. Shurney in our media section

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    WAYS TO GIVE Donate online here Host a Facebook fundraiser: Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, Mondays - any day is a good day to rally your Facebook friends around our cause. Amazon: Give while you shop, through Amazon Smile. By selecting the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America - Michigan Chapter as your charitable recipient, Amazon will donate .5% of every eligible purchase to SCDAA-MI. All you have to do is shop. Amazon handles the rest. Text to give: Text FIVE to 52000. $5 will be added to your phone bill. (Message and data rates apply.) Kroger: Register your Kroger Rewards Card online at Kroger.com/communityrewards Enter SICKLE CELL DISEASE ASSOICATION OF AMERICA MI CHPT or 91452. (Sorry, but that is how it's spelled on that site!) Individual purchases will begin counting towards your organization within 7-10 days of registering the individual rewards cards on-line. Every time you shop for groceries and swipe your card, SCDAA-MI automatically starts earning a rebate. Kroger limits your quarterly household contribution to $300. By check or money order, mail to: SCDAAMI, 18516 James Couzens Fwy, Detroit MI 48235 CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS Donating to SCDAA-MI benefits the thousands of individuals who depend on our education, advocacy and awareness efforts. It also benefits your corporate responsibility goals. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ For more information, contact Craig Bradley, Director of Operations & Outreach at 313-864.4406, ext. 111. ​ WHY DONATE? With nearly 3,300 people in Michigan living with sickle cell and approximately 1,700 of those people living in the metro Detroit area, our programs and services impact individuals, their families, and the community at large. Sickle cell affects three times as many people as cystic fibrosis in the U.S., yet receives approximately one-third the funding. Your support helps provide year-round education for physicians, patients and caregivers; appropriate medical care, trait testing campaigns, self-sustainability work, and more. Modern medicine has the capacity to help people with sickle cell thrive. Individuals living with the condition want improved quality of life and it’s our mission to make that happen. ways 2give QUICK ACCESS MENU DONATE FACEBOOK AMAZON KROGER SPONSORSHIPS QUESTIONS?

  • Our Staff | -scdaami-

    Sickle Cell Disease Association of America - Michigan Chapter Staff Tracie L. Conic, M.A., B.S.W ​Director of Client Services/HIPAA Compliance Officer ​ ​ Tonya Ashwood-Malone Executive Assistant/Data Manager ​ Aaron Brown, B.S.W. Community Health Worker/Patient Advocate Detroit Michael Copeland, B.S. Community Health Worker/Patient Advocate Grand Rapids/Muskegon Area Jessica Williams​ Program Assistant Ben Frazier, B.S.W. Community Health Worker/Patient Advocate Saginaw/Flint Area Melanie Greer, B.S. Community Health Worker/Patient Advocate Benton Harbor/Kalamazoo ​ ​ ​ ​ Craig Bradley Director of Operations & Outreach ​ Darlene Hunt Maintenance/Courier Kristal Johnson-Cobb Administrative Assistant Cree King Newborn Screening Assistant ​ Clifton Kirkman II Social Media Specialist ​ Jerica McBride, M.A. Education/Career Coordinator ​ Angela McCreary, B.S.W. Community Health Worker/Patient Advocate Lansing/Jackson Area Richard Reed Finance Manager Khaleeda Robinson, B.S. Community Educator/Trait Counselor ​ Wanda Whitten-Shurney, M.D. CEO & Medical Director our staff

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    our services For more information: Detroit Main Line: (313) 864-4406 Children's Hospital SC Clinic: (313) 745-5613 Sickle Cell Trait Counseling: (313) 595-0280 School/Job Assistance: (313) 595-0541 Email info@scdaami.org ​ Contact our nearest satellite office: Detroit Area: (313) 613-7327 Benton Harbor/Kalamazoo Area: (304) 404-4229 Grand Rapids/Muskegon Area: (616) 788-9816 Jackson/Lansing Area: (517) 249-9528 Saginaw/Flint Area: (989) 372-0256 SCDAA-MI provides a range of services to individuals with sickle cell and their families. This includes counseling, support groups, referrals for financial and medical help, college and employment assistance, sending children to summer camp each year. The agency also coordinates newborn screening for all babies born in Michigan. WHAT WE DO HERE TO HELP Services We Provide Do you have medical insurance, primary care, a hematologist? Do you need accommodations at school/work? Let us help you manage your life with sickle cell. Read More PARTNER RESOURCES Community Connections We've compiled a handy list of helpful partner resources you can use to help meet basic and emergency needs for yourself and/or your family. Read More CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 What You Should Know Individuals with sickle cell run a higher risk of complications if they contract COVID-19. Get SCD-specific info and guidelines to help stay safe. Read More

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  • SAFERProvider | -scdaami-

    SICKLE CELL 911: FAST ACCESS TO GUIDELINES & BETTER CARE Empowering medical professionals to implement evidence-based sickle cell action. Amplifying the patient's voice in care. OPIOIDS & SCD NIH GUIDELINES COMPLICATIONS ASH POCKET GUIDES ABOUT SAFE(R) SICKLE CELL 911 Resources for Provider Education Access/download a compilation of the NIH guides specific to SAFE(R). PARTNER WITH SAFER Improving Emergency Department-Based Care of Sickle Cell Pain "Presented in this article are 4 tenets of implementing guideline-adherent emergency sickle cell care gleaned from the available literature and continuous quality improvement efforts at our institution." . . ."Application of the principles discussed within can improve patient and provider satisfaction, quality, and safety." (From the American Society of Hematology) PDF Online American College of Emergency Physicians ACEP's Emergency Department Sickle Cell Care Coalition offers a substantial list of training and informational resources for medical professionals providing treatment in emergency and acute care settings here . Acute and Emergency Department Assessment and Treatment Sickle Cell Disease Care in the Emergency Department: Improvement Initiatives and Ongoing Research (1 hour) - a webinar from NIH, OMH and ACEP. SCD Core Concepts for the Physician and Nurse - Sickle Cell Pain (PowerPoint): A presentation from Duke University and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Emergency care for sickle cell – Podcast (1 hour): A focus on assessment and treatment. NOTE: The interviewer uses the term "sickler" throughout the podcast. This term in NOT well-received by sickle cell patients here. Sickle Cell is More Than Pain: Managing Complications Major Complications of Sickle Cell Disease and Nursing Implications - PDF download Sickle Cell Disease: When to Transfuse Learn about indications for blood transfusion in patients with sickle cell disease, the complications associated with these transfusions, and how you can help reduce the risk for these complications in your patients. Sickle Cell Disease TeleECHO Clinic - Didactic Video Series Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an internationally recognized telementoring innovation that build clinician knowledge in diagnosing and treating complex disorders. Project ECHO connects local clinicians with experts from sickle cell centers to learn skills necessary to deliver high quality sickle cell disease care using this proven telementoring model. Via Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Helpful Contextual Videos About Sickle Cell Disease Dr. Ahmar Zaidi at TEDxDetroit (10 min): Dr. Ahmar Zaidi, pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic at Children's Hospital of Michigan discusses the systemic disparities that further threaten the well-being of people who live with sickle cell's life-threatening impact. Experts address the prevalence and overall burden of sickle cell disease across the globe and the role of community physicians in managing the disease via HCP Live Peer Exchange (5 min) Dr Ahmar Zaidi on Efforts Needed to Address Complications of Sickle Cell Disease (1 min): Ahmar Zaidi, MD, pediatric hematologist-oncologist, Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, discusses the need for more efforts from both the medical community and regulators to address the psychosocial complications of sickle cell disease. Ongoing Educational Opportunities "This practical toolkit provides clinicians with materials and resources to engage with patients and educate them about sickle cell disease. Use the toolkit with patients individually or in group education settings to help build a strong foundation for shared decision-making regarding treatment goals and preferences, transitions of care, and individualized treatment plans." Learn more . The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health offers the Sickle Cell Disease Training And Mentoring Program (STAMP) a free sickle cell disease telehealth series for primary care providers. Learn more . SOURCES: Medscape https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/891436?src=par_cdc_stm_mscpedt&faf=1; Ward, R, Helman, A, Foote, J. Emergency Management of Sickle Cell Disease. Emergency Medicine Cases. August, 2015. https://emergencymedicinecases.com/emergency-management-of-sickle-cell-disease/. Accessed 02-18-2020; American College of Emergency Physicians, https://www.acep.org/by-medical-focus/hematology/sickle-cell/resources/. Accessed 04-28-2020. Prime Education LLC, https://primeinc.org/cme/monograph/3412/Transforming_Clinical_Outcomes_for_Patients_with_Sickle_Cell_Disease:_The_Power_of_Collaborative_Patient-Provider_Partnerships?utm_source=scdaa&utm_medium=email1&utm_campaign=83pr201. Accessed 09-11-2020.

  • Vendor Payment Confirmation | -scdaami-

    Vendor Payment Confirmation Donate/Join/Fundraise Since the Walk is now virtual, registration is optional. You can turn your registration fee into a donation, join/create a team or become a fundraiser. Team Set Up Once you create a team, you'll get an email for page set up. We also have step-by-step instructions here to personalize your page. Sponsor Info Your company sponsorship heightens the visibility of your commitment to social responsibility. The return on investment benefits us all. Vendor/Exhibitor This year we're offering two vendor experiences: Both provide virtual promotion, one also offers limited sponsor benefits. Legacy Warriors Are you a sickle cell warrior who's 40 or older? We invite you to join our Legacy Salute! Sign up here by 9/5 to be included. Thank you for completing your Vendor/Exhibitor Reservation for our 2020 Sickle Cell Matters Virtual Walk! Your support of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America - Michigan Chapter helps ensure that counseling, educational, medical, and basic needs services are addressed for people with sickle cell. By supporting our work, you help improve lives. ​ Tracie Conic , Director of Client Services at SCDAA-MI, coordinates vendor and exhibitor activities for the Walk and will contact you with further instructions and information. You will receive an electronic payment receipt from PayPal. Please save your receipts. Thank you for your support!

  • Community Resources | -scdaami-

    community resources Connect to services that can help meet your basic and emergency needs Out-state resources coming soon!​ Click here for an additional list of COVID-19 specific resources. Education Mental Health Clothing Internet & Device Access Housing/Shelter Food All Services ALL SERVICES Locate various community resources by zip code https://navigator.familydoctor.org/ ​ THAW The Heat and Warmth Fund Thaw has funds available throut the Michigan Energy Assistance program. If you or someone you know needs assistance with their utilities click on the link above for more on how to get help. ​ United Way 2-1-1 United Way for Southeast Michigan's 2-1-1 service provides referrals to programs in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Monroe and Lapeer counties, connecting users with more than 30,000 service providers throughout the state that can help with food, housing, utilities, medical bills, and more. You can get information online at United Way 2-1-1 , or by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-800-552-1183 ). ​ FOOD ​ Locate food banks by zip code https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank Detroit-area food banks and kitchens Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan - 2131 Beaufait St., Detroit, MI 48207, (866) 453-2637 Forgotten Harvest - A lways check location sites and bring a picture ID Yad Ezra Lighthouse Food Pantry City of Detroit Food Pickup Capuchin Soup Kitchen - (313) 579-2700 Redford Interfaith Relief - ( 313) 387.9802 CARES in Farmington Hills - (248) 474-8231 (Call to make an appointment for the food pantry.) ​ HOUSING/SHELTER Wayne County Covenant House (housing, food, basic necessities such as showers, laundry, etc) Detroit Phoenix Center (Housing, Food assistance) ​ Wayne Metro Community Action Agency Detroit Housing Commission ​Detroit Housing Wayne County Department of Health and Human Services ​Wayne (branches listed by zip code) United Community Housing Coalition , (313) 963-3310 Health Emergency Lifeline Program, 1726 Howard St., Detroit, MI 48216, (313) 832-3300 Oakland County The Sanctuary – Common Ground , 1228 S. Washington, Royal Oak, MI 48067, (248) 547-2260 ​ ​ INTERNET & DEVICE ACCESS FCC program for eligible households to provide low cost telephone and broadband internet service (Michigan is a participating state) Some internet providers are offering free services to low-income families and households with students. Free Comcast Xfinity internet: Comcast Xfinity is currently offering its Internet Essentials program free for two months to new customers. The internet provider is also automatically increasing speeds for all Internet Essentials customers. Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots are also open and free to use by anyone. Free internet for students from Charter Spectrum: Households with students K–12 or university students can sign up for a new Charter Spectrum internet account to get the first two months of internet with speeds up to 100 Mbps for free. Installation fees will be waived for those who qualify for the offer. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots are also currently open and free to use. Free internet for students from Altice : Altice internet providers Suddenlink and Optimum are offering 60 days of free internet service for households with K–12 or college students. Internet speeds are up to 30 Mbps if you do not already have access to a home internet plan. To sign up, call 1-866-200-9522 if you live in an area with Optimum internet service, or call 1-888-633-0030 if you live in an area with Suddenlink internet service. AT&T : https://www.att.com/help/covid-19/ CLOTHING ​ ● Salvation Army , Detroit: (313) 897-2914 ● Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries - (313) 366-3409 ● Christ Church of Redford - (313) 534-3436 ● Redford Interfaith Relief - (313) 387-9802 ● CARES in Farmington Hills - (248) 882-7800 ​ ​ ​ MENTAL HEALTH & SUICIDE PREVENTION ​ Michigan Mental Health Networker National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1 (800) SUICIDE (English) 1 (877) SUICIDA (Spanish) DetoxRehabs.net 24/7 Treatment call 1 (888)859-4403 ​ ​ ​ EDUCATION For FREE COLLEGE click here!!! For those of you who are interested, the Michigan Reconnect is providing free tuition at your in-district community college to earn an associate degree or Pell-eligible skill certificate if you're 25+! ​ ​ Back to the top Back to the top Back to the top SCDAA-MI’s services are available throughout Michigan and span lifetime needs. ​ For more information: Call 313-864-4406 Email info@scdaami.org Contact our nearest satellite office: Adult Clinic Caseworker at DMC: (313) 864-4406 Benton Harbor/Kalamazoo Area: (313) 505-4081 Grand Rapids/Muskegon Area: (616) 426-9259 Jackson/Lansing Area: (800) 842-0973 Saginaw/Flint Area: (989) 372-025 ​

  • SCDAA-MI E-Newsletters | -scdaami-

    Catch up on news and information from the SCDAA-MI E- newsletters Read the latest news SUBSCRIBE TO OUR E-NEWS September 2020 Special Edition Read web version ​ Download PDF World Sickle Cell Day Alert Read web version ​ Download PDF January 2020 (Winter) Read web version ​ Download PDF Summer 2020 (August) Read web version ​ Download PDF Spring 2020 (April) Read web version ​ Download PDF November 2019 Read web version ​ Download PDF

  • Media | -scdaami-

    media Keep up with SCDAA-MI news, articles and information from a variety of outlets on issues affecting sickle cell, and videos and webinars to keep you up-to-date about what's happening in the #sicklecell community. ​ SCDAA-MI OUT & ABOUT SCDAA-MI World Sickle Cell Day press release SCDAA-MI ANNOUNCES SAFE(R) INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY SICKLE CELL CARE Effort aims to assist medical community in proper treatment of long-misunderstood disease ​ February 26, 2020 Read more ​ SAFE(R) provides medical professionals with quick access to an online portal at SCDAAMI.org/SickleCell911 that provides clinical practice guidelines for sickle cell established by the National Institutes of Health, sickle cell-specific opioid guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as best practices and recommendations from the American Society of Hematology and other leading experts in sickle cell treatment. NHLBI Speaker "Thank you National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for having me alongside these devoted advocates as a panelist for the “What is a Meaningful Cure?” panel discussion hosted by Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney . #CureSCI #sicklecell Thanks Teonna Woolford for the pic!! — with Velvet Brown-Watts , André Marcel Harris and Cassandra Trimnell at Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel and Executive Meeting Center ." NEWS FROM AROUND THE COMMUNITY Toledo's Promedica Hospital has added an adult sickle cell clinic, the first of its kind in northwest Toledo. - WATCH & READ Get the clinic's info here Could gene therapy cure sickle cell anemia? - WATCH FDA approves first targeted therapy to treat patients with painful complication of sickle cell disease - READ FDA Approves Oxbryta™ (Voxelotor), the First Medicine Specifically Targeting the Root Cause of Sickle Cell Disease - READ Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Has Oklahoma Roots - READ