Have you experienced barriers to care in the emergency department? In recognition of World Sickle Cell Day on June 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is:

  1. Raising awareness of the barriers people with sickle cell disease face when they come into the emergency department with severe pain, and:
  2. Highlighting ways emergency providers might improve the quality of care they provide.

Support their efforts by sending them a selfie and finishing one or more of the following statements:

  • I like when ED providers…
  • If I could change one thing about the care provided to people with sickle cell in the ED, it would be…
  • When I have to go to the ED for treatment, I feel…
  • One of the things I do in the ED to help manage my pain is…
  • When I’m in the ED, I miss out on…
  • Or create your own!

The CDC will format your submissions and share them on social media to help shine a spotlight on these issues. Please email your submissions, along with this consent form, to Jenna Frkovich (jfrkovich@rti.org) at RTI International, an independent non profit institute assisting the CDC with this project. The deadline for submissions is May 2, 2022.

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