Meet our Authors
Jennifer Fletcher, LMSW is a Licensed Medical Social Worker and the Executive Director of the Sickle Cell Disease nonprofit organization, Zoey’s Sickle Power, Inc. Ms. Fletcher sits on the Board of Directors for A Dream Determined which assists young teens with entrepreneurship. She has worked in the mental health field for over ten years counseling and advocating for at risk youth and adults, exceptionally challenged individuals, and the underserved in the New Orleans metro and surrounding areas.
She is also the author of SICK•LE: AWAKENING THE TRUTH ABOUT SICKLE CELL DISEASE. In her latest book co-authored with Dr. Corey Hebert, she addresses the harsh inequities that black and brown people face within the healthcare system.
Ms. Fletcher was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended the University of New Orleans where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. Ms. Fletcher continued her education at Southern University at New Orleans, earning a Master of Arts degree in Social Work with a concentration in Health/Mental Health. She serves as a guest speaker for various organizations addressing mental health issues. She is also a dedicated member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, the National Association of Black Social Workers, and the National Association of Social Workers.
Dr. Simone Eastman Uwan is a sickle cell patient and due to Sickle Cell disease, she retired from her medical practice at an early age. She aims to educate and motivate Sickle Cell warriors about the disease, chronic pain associated with it and serious health challenges a patient might face.
She is a Stanford University School of Medicine trained medical doctor with Sickle Cell disorder and a two-time #1 bestselling author of the books “A Doctor In a Patient’s Body; Dreaming Big with Sickle Cell Disease and Chronic Pain” and “ALL RISE!; The Sickle Cell Community vs. The Medical Establishment”.
She says, “my goal as a doctor and patient with Sickle Cell disease is to help us improve and maintain our overall health and to empower us all with a multi-dimensional wellness plan”. Dr. Uwan has also written a book named “Bedtime Stories with Doctor Simone Uwan” to share some personalized education on sickle cell disease to the patients.
Dr. Uwan was born in Guyana South America. She is a medical doctor by profession. She completed her education at Barnard College, Columbia University and attended Stanford University School of Medicine (2001), continuing afterwards at an affiliated Family Practice residency. Her career over the years focused predominantly on caring for the underserved, working mostly in community clinics.
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