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Community Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) Initiative

In 2023, Sick Cells conducted our Community Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) Initiative. This project focused on critical themes such as lived experience, access to care, cultural barriers, patient-provider relationships, stigma, and mental health. Our journey involved engaging with diverse subpopulations within the sickle cell community, including the Aging, Hispanic/Latinx, Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated, and LGBTQIA+ communities. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the strategies employed in outreach, emphasizing the importance of clear communication, establishing a single point of contact, and respecting the unique circumstances of potential participants.

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2023 Medicaid Access and Landscape Review for Sickle Cell Disease

To assess coverage and access restrictions in state Medicaid programs for therapies prescribed to individuals with SCD, Sick Cells contracted Artia Solutions to conduct an analysis of coverage policies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Sick Cells identified commonly used pharmacy benefit products indicated to treat complications of SCD to include in the analysis. Using comprehensive formulary and medical policy data provided by Artia Solutions, augmented by Sick Cells research, we analyzed coverage policies as of February 2023 for state (FFS) programs and managed care organizations (MCOs) for SCD therapies.

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PCORI Engagement Award: Defining Value and Supporting Equity in Sickle Cell Disease

Sick Cells worked in collaboration with the University of Southern California Hematology Utilization Group Studies (USC HUGS) and the Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute at University of Washington School of Pharmacy, to identify and assess core elements of value to be incorporated into SCD research measures.

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Barriers to the Use of Disease-Modifying Treatments in Sickle Cell Disease

Sick Cells collaborated with the University of Pittsburgh to study the barriers to accessing disease-modifying treatments.

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Health-Related Quality of Life, Disease Impacts, and Health Equity Survey

Sick Cells collaborated with QC Medica and Vertex Pharmaceuticals to survey individuals living with sickle cell disease (SCD) on the impacts of the disease on quality of life and health quality.

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SCD Patient and Caregiver Preference Study Summary

Pfizer worked with Sick Cells to develop a survey to understand how much different features of potential sickle cell treatments matter to people with sickle cell disease and caregivers of people with sickle cell disease.

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