Sangre de Oro, Inc. (SDO) provides advocacy on multiple levels. We advocate legislatively and provide educational seminars for community members to advocate for their personal needs.
Each year SDO takes a special interest in advocating for the family members of the bleeding disorders community. We join 51 other chapters for Washington Days on Capitol Hill to introduce the latest issues that we are facing. These are anywhere from funding to laws that will affect the bleeding disorders community. Following Washington Days, we take special interest in monitoring any bills that are in process of being passed that will affect the community in either a negative or positive way. We believe that it is our duty to advocate for the community and inform them about any changes that are on the horizon.
We also provide educational programming on personal advocacy. We provide community members with self-advocacy that teach them how to talk to their doctors and, at times, educating them. Bleeding disorders are rare, and since we serve rural areas of New Mexico, sometimes doctors do not have experience with bleeding disorders. The education provided gives our community confidence about understanding their bleeding disorder with signs and symptoms. The education provided helps the community member decide the best route for a treatment plan for themselves or their child. These tools provide personal advocacy in medical settings.