The Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey (SCANJ) established the Dr. Charles F. Whitten Awards to recognize New Jersey organizations and individuals who have done outstanding work in sickle cell disease.
Public nominations for the Whitten Award in the Health Care Professional Category are welcomed.
If you know of a physician, nurse, social worker or other health care professional who has done outstanding work in the sickle cell community, please submit a nomination.
- Deadline for the current year nominations is October 20th.
- Awards are announced, on or before November 1st.
- Final award selection is determined by the SCANJ
- Awards are given at the Statewide Sickle Cell Symposium held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.
The Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey established this award in honor of the late Dr. Charles F. Whitten.
Dr. Whitten was a professor and pediatrician who, during the early 1970s, realized that services for people with sickle cell disease and their families were sorely lacking. Out of Dr. Whitten’s pioneering efforts to advocate for the needs of people with sickle cell disease, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) was born. By naming the awards after Dr. Whitten, we expect that more will appreciate the history behind the advocacy to increase the knowledge and understanding of sickle cell disease in the medical community and among individuals living with the disease.
Dr. Whitten was among the first to develop and insist on newborn screening for sickle cell disease, which is now performed worldwide. In 1971, he formed the Sickle Cell Detection and Information Center in Detroit, the most comprehensive community program in the country. He created color-coded "Whitten Dice" to educate couples about the genetic risks of having children with sickle cell disease. He also created a post-baccalaureate enrichment program at Wayne State University, in Detroit, that led to more African-American enrollments than in any other medical school besides Howard University, in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Whitten was born on February 2, 1922. He died on August 14, 2008. His medical papers are housed at the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine in Bethesda Maryland.
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The Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey
The Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey (SCANJ) is here to help, educate, and advocate in the fight against sickle cell disease.
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Mary Bentley LaMar, Founder
P.O. Box 9501 Newark NJ 07104