February 2021
VHF Is Here To Help.
During this challenging time we would like for you to know that we are here for the bleeding disorders community and we will continue to provide support, share reliable information, and plan and implement programs. Below you will find information on mental health and financial resources and opportunities for support. Our staff will continue to be available and we appreciate your patience as we navigate this difficult time. Please feel free to email us at info@vahemophilia.org and/or call 804-740-8643 if we can be of assistance.
Bleeding Disorders Scholarships: Don't Miss Out On These Opportunities!
The VHF Lyman Fisher Scholarship was established to honor Dr. Lyman Fisher, a teacher, researcher, and clinician in hemostasis. For many years, he directed the adult hemophilia program for Virginia. 

  • Application Deadline: 11:59 pm, Friday, April 30, 2021


  • Scholarship Award: Scholarships are one-year awards in the amount of $2,000 for a full academic year. The scholarships may be used at any accredited nonprofit college, university, or vocational/technical school in the United States and are to be applied toward a student’s educational expenses. Go here to learn more and apply.
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SAVE THE DATE - March Is Bleeding Disorder Awareness Month: We Need Your Help!
March is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month, and we need your help to spread awareness and raise funds! This year, with your help our goal is to raise at least $2,500 from our amazing community of donors, constituents and supporters that will fund our 2021 VHF Scholarship Program. 

When you make a donation to VHF, 100% of your gift stays local in support of YOUR community. Next month, we will be highlighting some of our incredible scholarship winners so you can see just who your gift is helping!
VHF Mission Spotlight: Financial Assistance Program
VHF has been fortunate to continue to assist constituents during this difficult time. Thanks to the Colburn-Keenan Foundation Inc.'s COVID-19 Community Relief Grant Program, we were able to partner with Virginia’s Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTC's) to offer over $2,500 in grocery gift cards to benefit individuals and/or families.

In addition, your financial support, along with the Hemophilia Alliance Foundation, Novo Nordisk, and Takeda has allowed us to ensure that we have the resources available to help individuals and/or families in need during this pandemic with such things as medical expenses and equipment, and assistance with utilities and rent.
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Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) COVID-19 Vaccine Forum
Hemophilia Federation of America hosted an excellent line-up of experts, including well-known epidemiologists from NIH and UCLA, as well as leading HTC medical professionals, who answered questions about the COVID-19 vaccination in those with bleeding disorders during the COVID-19 Forum on Jan. 26, 2021.
Organizations Develop Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of VWD
The American Society of Hematology (ASH), the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), and World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) have developed joint clinical practice guidelines on the diagnosis and management of von Willebrand disease (VWD), the world’s most common inherited bleeding disorder. The guidelines were published in Blood Advances.
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ACA Marketplaces to Reopen February 15 – May 15, 2021
In accordance with an Executive Order issued on January 28th by President Biden, CMS announced a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for individuals and families for coverage in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. This SEP will allow individuals and families to enroll in 2021 health insurance coverage. Beginning February 15, 2021 and through May 15, 2021, consumers will be able to submit a new application or update an existing application. As a State-based Exchange on the federal platform, this SEP will be available on Healthcare.gov in Virginia.
Upcoming Events - Join Us!
At this time all VHF programs are virtual, please contact us if you have any barriers to participating virtually and if we can be of assistance. Please note that this is not a complete calendar. Dates and details are subject to change. Visit our website at www.vahemophilia.org or call 804-740-8643 for more information.

February

  • 9th, 16th & 23rd @ 4:30 PM – HACA/VHF General Assembly Weekly Check-In RSVP HERE

  • 18th @ 7:00 PM - HACA/VHF Men's Rap Session RSVP HERE

  • 25th @ 7:00 PM - Virtual Community Connection “Board and Brush” REGISTRATION CLOSED
 
March - Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month


  • 3rd @ 7:00 PM - New Family Education And Support RSVP HERE

  • 14th @ 4:00 PM - Community Connection Event in honor of Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month (RSVP Coming Soon)

  • 25th @ 7:00 PM - Virtual Education Session (RSVP Coming Soon)
 
SAVE THE DATE - April 17: Medical Symposium in honor of World Hemophilia Day