Speaker Profile


Cathy Cox, R.N., M.S.N., is a high school nurse preparing to retire after the 23/24 school year. She became interested in the care of young people suffering from sickle cell disease while working as a school nurse. She saw firsthand the health disparities experienced by these students in their daily struggle for the care they need and the recognition of the profound need for accommodations that will assure their access to all educational endeavors available to every student. Cathy will be devoting her retirement years to improving care for all patients and families dealing with the many challenges of sickle cell disease, thalassemia and sickle cell trait.

Cathy obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing education from Northeastern State University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Nurse Practice through Oklahoma Wesleyan University located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Her projected graduation date is December 2024.

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