Holistic Health and Sickle Cell Disease Webinar


Holistic Health and Sickle Cell Disease: A focus on Mental and Behavioral Health

Thursday, February 28, 2019

1:00 – 2:15 pm EST

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Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects millions globally, disproportionately impacting certain racial and ethnic minority populations, including African Americans, Latinos and people of Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian and Mediterranean descent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SCD affects an estimated 100,000 individuals in the U.S.

In recognition of Rare Disease Day, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is creating awareness about SCD by continuing our webinar series focusing on the effects of the disease on patients. The Holistic Health and Sickle Cell Disease: A Focus on Mental and Behavioral Health webinar will discuss various aspects of mental and behavioral health in SCD patients, as well as a holistic approach to treatment. Presenters will share information on the mental health disparities that exist among SCD patients and ways healthcare providers can work to address them. The following learning objectives will be addressed:

  • Learn about the types of behavioral and mental health disorders that affect SCD patients.
  • Identify ways health professionals can provide comprehensive care to SCD patients with mental and behavioral health issues.
  • Gain insight on how mental health screening and support can foster resilience and healthy coping among those impacted by SCD.

Charles Jonassaint, PhD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Social Work and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine

Kairav Shah, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Carolyn Rowley, PhD, MA, Executive Director, Cayenne Wellness Center

Alexis Bakos, PhD, MPH, RN, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services




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