Outreach & Education Overview

The California Sickle Cell Action Plan identified the need to increase outreach and education about SCD and SCT statewide as one of its top priorities (see Goal 2 and strategies 2.1 – 2.3). Strengthening SC education and awareness was included as a priority in AB 1105, and remained in the appropriation that Governor Newsom signed in June 2019.

1. Education and Awareness of SCD and its Complications in Healthcare Delivery Systems

2. Education and Awareness of SCD and its Complications in Healthcare Provider Training programs

3. Education and Awareness of SCD in Community Based Organizations

Information on the 2021 RFA will be posted on March 1, 2021. Please email grants@c3dibd.org with any questions.

This announcement will initiate a request for applications (RFA) in these three areas of need in California’s sickle cell disease (SCD) population:

  1. Emergency room education,
  2. Pain management, and
  3. Quality of life.

To sign up for the webinar reviewing the RFA, please register at the following link by March 12, 2021:


Call in information will be sent to all registered participants 24 hours prior to the call.

Please email grants@c3dibd.org with any questions.

NCSCC will fund projects that will:

  • Implement an innovative and robust education mechanism (e.g. lectures and/or workshops on SCD and SCT) to target students/ residents in training such as primary care physicians (family practice and hospitalists), nurses, social workers, case management staff, etc.
  • Conduct outreach on SCT and SCD.
  • Educate community members to increase awareness of SCT and SCD. Topics should be based on a needs assessment.
  • Material development (as needed). Evidence should be provided to demonstrate that materials do not currently exist or are inadequate. Materials are expected to be bi-lingual (English/Spanish).
  • Address barriers to access SCD subspecialty comprehensive care.
  • Increase capacity for self-advocacy and empowerment among patients and families.
  • Provide training and support to adolescents and young adults to increase readiness for transition from pediatric to adult care.
  • Demonstrate best practices in patient support and transition or projects that integrate community resources with the clinics in order to overcome challenges which limit the effectiveness of preventative care such as economic status, lack of access to transportation, homelessness, cultural and language barriers.
  • Link individuals to social support and clinical services.

Key Deadlines

April 1, 2020

Letters of Intent should be completed through the online form (see button below).

May 1, 2020

Completed applications should be sent to grants@c3dibd.org  

NOTE: Incomplete and late applications submitted after May 1, 2020 will not be reviewed.

A list of grantees, along with an overview of their projects, will be posted on the Grantees page.

Application Instructions

Click the buttons below for detailed instructions regarding the application process.

NOTE: Documents updated on March 13, 2020.

RFA Informational Webinar