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!

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Eugene Canson

Eugene Canson is a public health professional and community advocate who is passionate about improving the health and well-being of individuals in underserved and marginalized communities.

Eugene believes that public policy and community advocacy has a significant impact on population health and well-being. Therefore, in efforts to improve the vitality, longevity, and well-being of our communities, Eugene continues to be an advocate for equitable policies and solutions that positively
impact society.

Since moving to the Bay Area in 2018, Eugene has worked diligently to advocate for innovative and proactive solutions in efforts to address the alarming health inequities that exist in California. Eugene holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Pacific Union College. Eugene is also an inducted member of the Delta Omega National Honorary Society
for studies in public health.

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

The outcome of this program is vital to the future for people living with SCD.
This program is supported via a grant from Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc.