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Hi Friends,

I hope you all have had a wonderful summer! One of my favorite parts of summer is enjoying time outdoors, and I鈥檝e been able to continue gardening in my backyard garden, as well as take lots of walks around my neighborhood. I even had the chance to go backpacking with my husband for three days in the Olympic National Park. Even with a bleeding disorder, there are so many great ways to enjoy the outdoors! As we head back into the school season, I hope your family was able to cherish its summer memories but also look forward to getting back into the school routine.

Have you had a chance to check out our new HFA Hero membership program? I hope that you and your family will join HFA and become official HFA Heroes. All memberships directly support our Helping Hands program, which, as you know, is one of the core support programs that HFA offers. We can all be heroes of the bleeding disorders community! (Learn more on page 4.)

We have officially launched registration for Symposium 2021, and I hope you鈥檒l register today! Our team is planning exciting and informative sessions to take place online October 18鈥28. Registration is free. Join today at www.hfasymposium.org, and stay tuned for more information about speakers, session topics and a final night event you will not want to miss!

If you recall my last Executive Corner, you know that HFA was awarded the 2021 Gold Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health by Mental Health America (MHA). I am extremely pleased to announce that MHA has updated our status, and we have now officially been awarded the 2021 Platinum Bell Seal. This first-of-its kind workplace mental health certification recognizes employers who strive to create mentally healthy workplaces for their employees. After receiving the Gold Seal, HFA staff worked to address the areas MHA noted as lacking, leading to our Platinum level seal and further demonstrating our dedication to the well-being of our HFA employees. Learn more about this honor on page 10.

Also in this issue are a couple of features that show how community members are connecting and educating people inside and out of the bleeding disorders community. On page 20, you鈥檒l hear about Sushant Sharma Bhattarai, who is learning how to use documentary-style video to shine a light on families with bleeding disorders from around the world. On page 28, read about the new HFA podcast for young adults, The BloodFlow, launched by an HFA 2020 summer intern.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Dateline Federation. As always, if you have questions about anything included within these pages, please reach out to the HFA team. We are here to support you!

Allie Ritcey

Chair, HFA Board of Directors


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