I was reminded this year about the benefits of donating blood from Mrs. NeDina Brocks-Capla, Founder and CEO of Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness San Francisco after receiving a flyer for an event “Megablack SF Blood Drive” sponsored by the Red Cross.
I was intrigued for two reasons:
Why is there a blood donation event specifically for Black people? In my true Social Work spirit to question everything, I did my own research.
Here is what I found…
Every year an estimated 6.8 million people in the United States donate blood and 4.5 million will need a blood transfusion. Approximately one in seven people entering the hospital need blood. (5)
Barriers to BIPOC participating in blood donation :
Why Donate Blood:
This one is pretty straight forward. Donating blood can save lives! You can help save a life.
The flyer I received in February is my reminder to consider donating blood. This blog post is a reminder for you to consider becoming a blood donor.
Red Cross is a great resource to locate a donation drive or sites: https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.htm
Urban Health Group is proud to partner with Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness SF (SCAASF) in helping their participants living with the trait and disease prepare for medical emergencies with our Plan Well for Care Course. To learn more about sickle cell or SCAA, please visit their website site at : https://www.scaasf.org/
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