Sickle Cell Disease: Understanding Gene Therapy and Addressing Health Disparities
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder caused by a gene mutation that leads to the production of abnormal hemoglobin that distorts red blood cells into a crescent or sickle shape. Complications of SCD are lifelong and can be life threatening. New gene therapies promise a potential cure for SCD by subtly altering the genetic information in cells. Health disparities and limited resources among individuals with SCD, particularly in low-income and rural communities, are challenging and can lead to limited access to SCD centers and worse outcomes. This activity will discuss the effects and complications of SCD, the prevalence of SCD in different racial and ethnic groups and the role of gene therapy as treatment. Health disparities and challenges in accessing specialized care will also be addressed.
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, PAs, psychologists, social workers, therapists and other health care professionals who treat individuals with SCD.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe SCD and how it affects different organs in the body.
- Discuss the prevalence of SCD in different racial and ethnic groups.
- Describe the role of gene therapy (CRISPR/Cas9) as a treatment for SCD.
- Address health disparities among individuals with SCD related to their socioeconomic status, residential geographic location and access to SCD centers.
Lanetta Bronté-Hall, MD, MPH, MSPH
President and CEO
Chief Research Officer
Chief Health Officer
The Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research
About the presenter
Dr. Lanetta Bronté-Hall is responsible for strategic planning, scientific and administrative oversight of the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research (FSCDR), an independent full-service outpatient medical treatment and clinical trials center that offers medical care and coordinated care for underserved populations. She is a leading national and international researcher and population health scientist in the field of sickle cell disease, rare blood disorders, community-based participatory research and chronic disease management. Dr. Bronté-Hall has extensive experience in developing programs that are closely aligned with the recruitment and retention of underserved and underrepresented populations for treatment of sickle cell disease and breast cancer, research and clinical trials. Dr. Bronté-Hall held a faculty appointment at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine as an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Department of Health Services Research and Policy. Dr. Bronté-Hall works tirelessly to create an environment of trust, sustainability and relevance, which has significantly increased participation in research by all members of the community.
Sarah Chart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
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Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-21-189-H04-P/T
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Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
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- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacist
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
- 1.00 AMA
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General
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