Our December e-Newsletter features a look back at the community that we have served – and grown with – over the past year. In 2016, NBCA expanded several of our most valuable programs and services to reach even more patients who are seeking information and support. We unveiled a new component of our signature Stop the Clot, Spread the Word™ awareness campaign, as part of our five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help raise awareness about hospitalization as a major risk factor for blood clots. We also grew our partnership with the The Rowan Foundation and expanded our work with our Women & Blood Clots program by delivering crucial information about estrogen-based birth control and blood clot risks directly into the hands of the young women who need it most — young women on more than 60 college and university campuses across the country — in the form of a new resource suite, including a risk assessment tool. We also expanded our Stop the Clot® Online Support Community this year, with nearly 1,200 online members now.
Not only are we grateful for the growth of our programs in 2016, we’re grateful for all of the inspiring stories that have been shared with us this past year, as they underscore the importance of the work we do at NBCA, and the important connections we have with so many individuals throughout the country. The sense of community that is formed through these stories and all the people who engage with us throughout the year, gives even greater meaning to the work we do to support our mission to advance the prevention, early diagnosis, and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots.