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B-CU'S Petrock College of Health Sciences Partners With Halifax Health to Offer Free Sickle Cell Screenings

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - The Petrock College of Health Sciences has serviced more than 30 people at its last two sickle cell screenings.  The screenings are offered each month on Thursdays (second week of the month), 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.and Fridays (third week of the month) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Odessa Chambliss Health Center.   The screenings are free and open to the public.  B-CU is offering these screenings in an effort to increase awareness of sickle cell and improve health care options for those at risk.

Research shows that more than 60% of Volusia County residents could be at risk of carrying the sickle cell gene.  With the loss of the Volusia County Sickle Cell Association, there is a greater need for available sickle cell education and resources.  The program at B-CU aims to reach the targeted population, as well as, explore available health care options for the community.  The Petrock College of Health Sciences is placing emphasis on pediatric patients and their continued care.  The college is also in the planning stages for relative summits and seminars.

For more information about the sickle cell screening and future efforts, please contact the Petrock College of Health Sciences at (386)481-2385. For media inquiries, please contact Keisha Boyd - or (386)214-3653.  

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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