Marquette to co-host the Sickle Cell Empowerment Conference Sept. 7

Sept. 6, 2019

Dr. Dora Clayton-JonesMILWAUKEE — Marquette University will co-host the inaugural Sickle Cell Empowerment Conference on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the World Outreach Center, 3410 W. Silver Spring Dr.

Dr. Dora Clayton-Jones, assistant professor of nursing at Marquette, will host the event with pastors Melva Henderson and Ervin Henderson. State Sen. Lena Taylor will headline the list of guest speakers who will discuss mental health, transition, emergency room advocacy and social action.

Clayton-Jones, who is the president of the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates, will also announce the receipt of the Community Engaged Research Partnership Development Grant from Marquette. The grant will allow her interdisciplinary research team to partner with the World Outreach Center to develop an intervention with adults living with sickle cell disease.

Clayton-Jones is the principal investigator on the grant, which is awarded through the Office of the Provost and the Office of Community Engagement. She is joined on the research team by co-investigators Dr. Kristin Haglund, professor of nursing; Dr. Abir Behket, associate professor of nursing; Dr. Lee Za Ong, assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology in the College of Education. Weneaka Jones, clinical assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, and Elodie Ontala, MS, a program assistant, round out the team.

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