Bachelor of Social Work 2001
Zemoria A. Brandon is the administrator/social worker and media relations liaison for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter (SCDAA/PDVC) which was established July 2, 1982 as a community-based advocacy organization with the mission of providing psycho-social and social services to children, adolescents, adults and families affected by sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Social Work Administration from Temple University, School of Social Administration in May 2001. She was married and a caregiver for twenty-five years to the late Reverend Walter E. Brandon who, at the age of 59 years, passed from complications of sickle cell disease.
Her experience associated with her spouse´s sickle cell progression, coupled with her professional experience gained from her work in the sickle cell community, have given her a deep commitment regarding public policy and advocacy issues that impact those whose lives are often compromised by this chronic disorder and other related medical complications. Today, Ms. Brandon continues to utilize these experiences to raise community awareness regarding the psycho-social and social issues that individuals and families affected by sickle cell disease are confronted with on a daily basis.
Ms. Brandon is the co-author of, “Non-Pharmacologic Management of Sickle Cell Pain,” a scientific abstract published in the Hematology Journal, “Blood, 2002 and the New England Journal of Medicine, 2003. She also completed an independent research study at Temple University on the,” Effect of Spirituality and Alternative Healing Modalities on Chronic Illnesses and the Impact for Social Work Practice.”
Among her many achievements, Ms. Brandon is the Facilitator for the organization Soul + Mates (Sickle Cell Overcomers United for Life + their Mates, a support group for couples affected by sickle cell disease); a Certified Single Gene Genetic Counselor/ Educator with the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter; Advisory Board Member to the Philadelphia Area Research Community Coalition, and a certified volunteer at the Wissahickon Hospice.