Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited disorder that can cause many complications, from painful episodes, often requiring hospitalization to bone infections, stroke, and kidney disease. Not surprisingly, such complications are physically difficult for the individual and financially burdensome for the individual and the state. Many Arkansans with sickle cell disease live in rural, underserved areas.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has an opportunity to coordinate the care of adults with sickle cell disease in Arkansas. The legislature has provided funds for UAMS to develop a program that would benefit this underserved, minority population. As UAMS improves and standardizes the treatment of patients with sickle cell disease through the Adult Sickle Cell Clinical Program (ASCCP), not only will this minority population experience relief of suffering, but the entire state will also experience an improved well-being.