Cassandra Trimnell is the founder and executive director of Sickle Cell 101 (SC101), a patient advocate, speaker and consultant.
In 2014, Trimnell received her Sickle Cell Educator certificate, issued by the Department of Public Health. Trimnell is responsible for developing and creating the educational material and curricula presented by Sickle Cell 101, a San Francisco Bay Area-based non-profit organization that specializes in sickle cell education geared towards multiple key community stakeholders including patients and healthcare providers. Educational material covers topics pertaining to sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait and is disseminated primarily through social media.
As a digital advocate, Trimnell is responsible for the strategic growth and engagement of Sickle Cell 101’s digital and primary platforms, which includes its social media, website (ranked 2nd most visited by patients), and newsletter. To date, Trimnell has grown its pages to over 40,000 followers on combined social media platforms with followers originating in 115 countries. With the highest engagement rates, Sickle Cell 101 promotes community and follower interactions for individuals affected by sickle cell and other community stakeholders.
Trimnell is a board member for the Global Alliance of Sickle Cell Disease Organizations and sits on committees within NIH, HHS, and other entities that have a stake within sickle cell. Trimnell received a B.A. in Global Studies: Social, Political, and Economic Development from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. Trimnell’s passion for sickle cell education and advocacy stems directly from her living with sickle cell disease, hemoglobin SS.