HSCOUT is partnering with the Refuge Youth Center and planning on having our next event there on Sunday, January 31. We have another speaker and are definitely look forward to the event! Our feedback from the HSCOUT members have all been positive, with most wanted to have more events!
HSCOUT hosted another success event on Saturday, November 21 at the Valencia Apartments. There was a nice turnout with both returning and new members. We provided several exciting activities and had a very thoughtful talk and discussion at the end with Quinnecia and Dr. Sheehan. We plan to continue to partner with Sickle Cell Association of Houston (SCAH) and definitely look forward to the next event!
HSCOUT had to reschedule our event due to weather conditions but plans to host it next weekend, on Saturday, November 21 at the Valencia Apartments. We have continued to partner with Sickle Cell Association of Houston (SCAH) and definitely look forward to the event!
HSCOUT is planning on having our third event, pool and BBQ party, on Saturday, October 24 at the Valencia Apartments. We have decided to partner with Sickle Cell Association of Houston (SCAH) and definitely look forward to the event!
HSCOUT hosted the second event at Skyzone. We had a decent turnout for our second event and are hoping for an even better one in the near future. We are working on recruiting more young adults and have heard lots of first person stories on how what the project goals are and the necessity! Next month, we plan to host another social event and start our educational workshops!
HSCOUT hosted the first event at Main Event in Stafford. We had a good turnout for our first event and are hoping for an even better one in the near future! In the next month, we plan to host another social event and an educational workshop geared toward their needs. Pre and post questionnaires allowed us to evaluate in real time the productiveness of the event and what can be improved. Overall, the goal of the project is headed in the right direction. I am very optimistic about the future of HSCOUT and am excited to get more involved with other Sickle Cell Organizations in Houston!
Our project this month has been focusing on recruiting and establishing stronger relationships with our partners, which includes several community leaders and parent organizations as well as TCH and UT Houston. In addition to meeting our partners in person, which I found very useful, we are working together to attend and support each other’s events. We had to reschedule an event due to a participation issue but we have set many goals and changed our approach to try to prevent a similar problem from occurring in the future. Overall, the project is delayed, but is heading in the right direction.
For many patients with Sickle Cell, transition into adulthood is marked by increased emergency health care utilization, discontinuation of disease modifying therapies such as hydroxyurea, chronic transfusion, and iron chelation, and worsening SCD complications. Our community service project includes working with the TCH sickle cell program to improve transition outcomes. Christine and I are working alongside Dr. Sheehan, a pediatric and adult hematologist with expertise in sickle cell disease, as well as other community organizations and leaders to establish a peer social support network and a mentorship program, host various workshop sessions for career and personal development, and foster advocacy and leadership amongst youths with sickle cell.