Advocacy and Empowerment Program

Advocacy is a process.

Self Advocacy is the ability to articulate one's needs & make informed decisions about the support necessary to meet those needs.

Empowerment is preparing people to take control.

  • Do you know anyone or does someone in your family have Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)?

  • Are you a caregiver or advocate? 

This is the program for you!


Dr. Judy Cavazos, Ph.D. 

Judy Cavazos, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland in the Department of Hematology, working with patients living with SCD and their families, the Department of Gastroenterology, and in the Department of Psychiatry with the Behavioral Emergency Response Team within the Emergency Department assisting patients with crisis de-escalation and completing 5150 assessments for youth who are suicidal or have attempted suicide.  She also serves as a member of the integrative medicine and pain committees at UCSF, pursues research on sickle cell disease, and completes neuropsychological evaluations with adult patients with sickle cell.  For the last 14 years, Dr. Cavazos has worked with underserved youth and their families at two different children's hospitals and several community mental health and medical clinics, working with individuals affected by mental health and medical issues, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, immigrant families, and youth involved in the criminal justice system. 

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Schedule (Presenter List):

All of the presenters have been confirmed.


*Due to COVID-19 all of the session will be conducted thru Zoom video conference until such time we can meet in person. The sign on information will be sent to you through to your email if you are subscribed.*

Program Details DURING COVID-19:

Location: Via Zoom Video Conference
Meetings Times: 11am – 2pm


In January 2020 SCAASF launched the Advocacy and Empowerment Program (AEP) with sessions once a month at the South Beach Harbor Community room located 3 blocks from AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco. 


The program is created for all stakeholders (clients, caregivers, medical students, medical professionals and advocates). It is designed to explore advocacy and educate to be empowered. 


The Advocacy and Empowerment Program is comprised of two primary segments.

  • The first portion of the webinar is designed to introduce the audience to core educational content and the exploration of self-advocacy.

  • The second portion of the webinar is the implementation of the educational content learned, with journaling, some role playing, along with discussions pertaining to real-world experiences.

  • There will be a variety of presenters’ clients, nurses, physicians and key professionals sharing and discussing issues to engage attendees.

*Upon completion of attending several sections program you can receive a Health and Wellness Backpack filled with assorted essentials you can utilize when going to the hospital, during your stay at the hospital and when you are leaving the hospital. You must register in advance for all meetings either through our email reminders or the registration button found at the top of this page.*

Items inside the backpack include:

  • Blanket 

  • Water Bottle 

  • Journals 

  • Pen

  • Hertz Nazaire Coloring Book

  • 50 Coloring Pencils

  • Mindfulness links/recording - Jason