Effort underway to improve services to Harford, Cecil residents with Sickle Cell disease [Letter]

The Aegis

Editor:

The Harford County Caucus of African American Leaders (HCCAAL) is partnering with the Association for the Prevention of Sickle Cell Anemia, Inc. to improve services to Cecil and Harford County residents who have the Sickle Cell disease or trait.

In this effort, we are using our human capital resources to participate in an extensive outreach and marketing campaign in order to improve data collection, to encourage testing and to overall educate the populace in these two regions to seek adequate local treatment by Union, Harford Memorial and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center hospitals.

In pursuit of the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund grant, the association has developed partnerships with both local health departments, schools systems and public libraries. As the HCCAAL seeks to help address a chronic health disease that impacts all ethnic groups, and particularly a significant population of African-Americans, we look forward to improving the health of the community at large and specifically improving the pain management crises that oftentimes afflicts those with sickle cell anemia.

Should you, a family member, friend or neighbor have the disease, trait or alternatively, is interested in determining, we ask that you contact our Sickle Cell point of contact advocate, Rudy Williams, at 203-815-8765.

Marla Posey-Moss

Secretary, HCCAAL

Aberdeen

avought@theaegis.com

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