Michael A. Cooke
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In her August 1984 interview with Michael Cooke, Albertha Cook discussed her time at the Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA) and the organization’s association with DHEC. Cook covered the issues with the health system and physicians not understand what sickle cell anemia was and how to diagnose it, the lack of education in Black communities on genetic disorders, and the Black community’s aversion to admitting illness. She also discussed the issues with testing for sickle cell anemia, COBRA’s sickle cell anemia program’s goals, and DHEC’s involvement with sickle cell anemia education, prevention, and treatment. This interview was conducted for inclusion into the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program.
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Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation
Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA), sickle cell anemia, sickle thalassemia, sickle cell trait, genetic testing and counseling
Cook, Albertha, "Interview with Albertha Cook" (1984). Browse All Oral History Interviews. OH 332.
LC Subject Headings
South Carolina. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle cell anemia -- Treatment, Genetic disorders, Genetic screening