Jordin Sparks Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum recording artist, actress, and sickle cell disease (SCD) advocate. Jordin, has been at the forefront of the “Generation S” movement – a national sickle cell storytelling project designed to encourage the SCD community to break their silence about the impact and burden of the disease. “Generation S” showcases stories that have gone untold until now.
Sparks shares her story of losing her 16-year-old stepsister, Bryanna, to SCD and continues to encourage others to share their stories with the world.to discuss the “Generation S” PSA and her experience with the storytellers as they worked together to shine a light on how the disease can suddenly disrupt the lives of patients and their loved ones. She will also discuss the hundreds of other stories that are featured in a beautiful mosaic on the JoinGenS.com website. A mobile version of the mosaic is traveling around the country throughout the year to help raise awareness. For more information go to JoinGENS.com
Our next guests are Linda Porter, Ph.D., Director, Office of Pain Policy at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), one of 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health.
Joining Linda Porter is Andrew D. Hershey, M.D., Ph.D., FAAN, FAHS, Endowed Chair and Director of Neurology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center discussing New Pediatric Migraine App. September was National Pain Awareness Month. Dr. Hershey is a Child Neurologist in Cincinnati, OH and is affiliated with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and has been in practice 25 years. He is experienced in general neurology, child neurology, headache medicine, and pain management.