New Grants Mean New Opportunities to Make an Impact

In January 2015, Indiana State Representative Gregory Porter, working with MCSCI President, Gary A. Gibson, filed House Bill 1329 in the Indiana General Assembly.   This piece of legislation was intended to add specific requirements to the Sickle Cell program of the Indiana State Department of Health (department). The bill required the Indiana State Department of […]

MCSCI Game Night with Indy Eleven

Partnership is an important means of getting things accomplished.  That is why MCSCI is proud and happy to be partnering with the Indy Eleven this year.  This partnership includes co-branding of literature, social media promotions and free match tickets for distribution to MCSCI clients and their families.  The icing on the cake was the MCSCI […]

MCSCI Named Indy Eleven Community Partner

Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative has been chosen to be one of this year’s community partners of the Indy Eleven Soccer Team. For each home game throughout the 2015 season, Indy Eleven will feature one local philanthropic, arts or community organization to serve as the Philanthropic Ticket Partner of the match.  As part of the […]

2015 Indiana Sickle Cell Conference Will Empower Attendees

Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative (MCSCI) and the Indiana Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center (IHTC) will present the 2015 Indiana Sickle Cell Conference on April 24, 2015.  The conference will take place at the Ivy Tech Community College Corporate College and Culinary Center at 2820 N. Meridian Street.  It will begin with registration and a continental […]

Historic Sickle Cell Legislation in Indiana

MCCSI is pleased that State Representative Gregory Porter has submitted a bill to expand Sickle Cell services in the state of Indiana.  We are also grateful that the Chairperson of the House of Representatives Public Health Committee, Rep. Ed Clere, called the bill for a hearing.  The hearing was held on January 26th, 2015 in […]

Awareness Without Action = Status Quo

As another Sickle Cell Awareness Month dawns, we are encouraged to see that there is so much hope on the horizon for SCD. There are numerous advances being made on multiple levels, from new research to new medications to strengthening bonds within the community itself. These are all signs that things are changing for the […]

Why is SCD Not Recognized as a CDC Health Disparity Topic?

In its 2011 “Health Disparities and Inequalities Report,” the Centers for Disease Control states, “In recent decades, the nation has made substantial progress in improving U.S. residents’ health and reducing health disparities, yet health disparities by race and ethnicity, income and education, disability status, and other social characteristics still exist.” In its own words, this […]