The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN/LA) and the University of California, San Francisco in Fresno (UCSF Fresno) were funded under the NCSCC Request for Applications.

Below is a summary of the funded projects.

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Los Angeles Chapter (NAHN/LA) is led by Juana Ferrerosa, PhD, PHN, RN and Angie Millan, DNP, RN, FAAN and meets its mission by being actively involved at the local, state, and national levels on issues affecting the health of Hispanic communities.  NAHN/LA’s primary objective for the Sickle Cell Education and Awareness in Hispanic Communities campaign is to raise awareness of Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) and SCD in the multicultural and vulnerable Hispanic Communities in Los Angeles County. The overall goal is to raise SCT & SCD awareness through education of nurses, nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students through the implementation of a “train-the-trainer” model where nurses, NP’s and nursing students will be equipped with the knowledge, tools, and resources to engage their colleagues and community members in discussions surrounding SCT and SCD. Through the development of a more informed community, NAHN/LA aims to strengthen self-advocacy skills resulting in community members’ ability to seek an early assessment by a healthcare provider.

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The University of California, San Francisco – Fresno project is led by Mohammed Bukari, MD (Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF), and will focus on the establishment of a Transitional/Adult Sickle Cell Ambulatory Treatment Clinic at the Community Cancer Institute of Fresno. With the establishment of a dedicated sickle cell clinic in California’s Central Valley for adults, UCSF Fresno in collaboration with Valley Children Hospital and Cayenne Wellness Center, a sickle cell focused community-based organization, will provide comprehensive care for adult sickle cell patients and pediatric patients graduating to adult care. A half-day clinic, solely dedicated to the unique needs of sickle cell medical care, pain management, and coordination of services will be held twice a month and adjusted as patient enrollment increases. UCSF and Cayenne Wellness Center personnel will become the team that the patients can trust to navigate their complicated condition and will be available to them consistently. The project will provide a clinical learning experience for medical students and residents in the internal medicine and family and community medicine program at the UCSF Fresno campus.  All activities will be implemented at the Cancer Institute in Clovis, CA, and under the auspices of Community Medical Centers, the major affiliated partner of UCSF in California’s Central Valley and supported by UCSF’s Hematology and Oncology faculty.

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