2018 Sickle Cell Disease Conference

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Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) will sponsor and host the 7th annual Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) “Educating and Connecting Sickle Cell Patients and Providers” conference on Friday, Sept. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 8. The conference is a joint effort with experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Cone Health System, Virginia Commonwealth University, Atrium Health and the Pi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority.

SCD affects approximately 100,000 Americans and our conference is designed for both health care providers, patients and families dealing with SCD to highlight many of the complications as well as treatments for this disease.

This year’s theme “Educating and Connecting Sickle Cell Patients and Providers” will discuss the effects and treatment of SCD and hot topics in SCD research. The conference will include both lecture and Q&A panels to directly answer participants’ questions.

A new addition this year, DUSON is excited to present a live showing of Spilled Milk followed by a Q&A discussion with the director and main subject of the film.

Spilled Milk—a documentary film released in 2014—follows the friendship of two lifelong friends, Omar and Jaqai. Omar lives with SCD and Jaqai has uprooted his life to create a documentary about Omar’s everyday life that extends beyond the significant physical impact of the disease.

National speakers include Cheryl Blake, MSN, RN, NCSN; Melissa Gordon-Pitts, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, Duke Adult Sickle Cell Clinic; Francis Keefe, PhD, Duke University Medical Center; Ifeyinwa Osunkwo, MD, MPH, Atrium Health and Levine Cancer Institute; Nirmish Shah, MD, Duke University; John J. Strouse, MD, PhD, Duke University; Christine D. Tew, LCAS, LPC, MS, Jaqai Mickelsen, writer, director, producer and editor of Spilled Milk; and Omar Beach, main subject of Spilled Milk.

Cost of attendance is $25 per day for health care providers, $10 per day for students and no charge for individuals with sickle cell disease and their family members.

Contact hours will be awarded. An application has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association.

For more information or to register, visit https://nursing.duke.edu/sickle-cell-disease   or call 919-660-1760.


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