The Oklahoma Eagle Newswire

 

 

On September 28, 2018 The Langston University Department of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies in partnership with The Institute for Developing Communities, Lambda Upsilon-Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), and Morton Comprehensive Health will host the third in a series of 2018 workshops designed to assist those living with Sickle Cell Disease and the subsequent disabilities that impact citizens suffering from this chronic disease.  This symposium will be hosted at Langston University Tulsa, located at 914 North Greenwood Avenue from 9:30am-2pm.  The event will feature panel discussions and a keynote speaker that will address the issues and treatment trends that are specific to those suffering with the Sickle Cell Trait and Disease.  Wellness screenings and Lunch will be provided, RSVP is required.

African Americans and Native Americans suffer from sickle cell disease and many unknowingly carry the trait.  Those that suffer from the disease often experience debilitating crisis and the subsequent disabilities associated with long term chronic disease management at disproportionate rates as compared to other ethnic groups.  Sickle Cell Disease sufferers have a higher mortality rate than the general population.  This event will seek to provide participants with strategies for symptom management and resources as well as education for students entering the various allied health professions.  CEU’s will be offered for clinician participants through Langston University.

Dr. Philip Lewis, LU Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Counseling, states that “Our goal is to improve the quality of life of those suffering from chronic diseases and the difficult disabilities that develop over time.  We will offer tools that will empower our community to manage their own health and make better choices regarding their lifestyle that will in turn improve their quality of life.  Our students look forward to these types of opportunities to serve their community while working to achieve their educational goals.” Tentatively the next symposium will address Prostate Cancer in December 7, 2018, held at Morton Comprehensive Health.

For more information about the symposium and to RSVP your attendance, contact Dr. Phillip Lewis by phone at 918-877-8173 or via email at lewispd@langston.edu.  Please RSVP your attendance by close of business, Friday September 21, 2018.

 

 

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