Sickle cell disease afflicts thousands of people across the country, especially people of color. This particular disease has led to a number of dangerous health issues and can even be fatal. In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair sits down with University of Michigan research assistant professor Dr. Sarah Reeves and United Way of Washtenaw County president Pam Smith about what work is being to combat the disease and the social stigma that comes with it.
WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw County to explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area. And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services. It is a community voice. It is 'Washtenaw United.'
Dr. Reeves received her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. She is currently a research assistant professor in the Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center at the University of Michigan. Dr. Reeves' research is focused on improving the delivery of preventive care to children with sickle cell disease. This work includes identifying opportunities for improvement in receipt of transcranial Doppler screening, appropriate antibiotic prophylaxis, and use of hydroxyurea therapy.
Pamela Smith has been the President/CEO of the United Way of Washtenaw County since 2012. As a nonprofit executive she is dedicated to strengthening the community through philanthropy, collaboration and community engagement. She has more than 25 years of experience in Management, Communications and Nonprofit administration. She has served on local nonprofit boards, as an UM guest lecturer, and on local advisory teams. Ms. Smith has extensive experience in management, marketing, communications, training and workforce development. Her development and fundraising skills have made her keenly aware of the intricate balance of the diverse needs within the Southeastern Michigan community.
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