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SNAP (FOODSTAMPS)

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Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. is proud to offer assistance to those eligible to receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or (foodstamps). Additional social services are also available. Georgia residents are welcome to visit our office and apply for the following services:

 

  • Food Stamps

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

  • Medicaid

  • Child Care

  • PeachCare for Kids®

  • WIC

  • Energy Assistance

  • Food Assistance

  • Child Support Services

  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

  • Aging Services

  • Community Services Block Grant Funds, or

  • Housing Assistance

 

Click HERE to learn more about SNAP.

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH A SNAP REPRESENTATIVE. 

Location:

Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.
The McGhee/King Building
2391 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30311-3291

Volunteers Needed

Voluteer for Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia

Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. couldn’t do without you!  If you would like to volunteer to help us break the sickle cycle we would love for you to join us.

As a non-profit organization we rely heavily on volunteers.  Volunteers are engaged in a variety of tasks including clerical, special events, participating at health fairs, speaking before community groups, repairs, yard work, painting, and much more!

Every effort is made to match volunteers with areas of interest,  skill sets, and availability.  All volunteers undergo orientation and general training with the Volunteer Manager.

Volunteer hours are flexible between Monday – Thursday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and occasional Saturdays,  for special events.  If you have some time to give, consider volunteering with the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia.

Volunteers are required to complete an applicationAll Volunteers  must sign a Confidentiality agreement and sign-in and out daily. 

If you have any questions, please  contact Tami Edwards at (404) 755-1641 ext. 232

Our volunteers are appreciated and recognized by the Foundation  in a variety of ways.

Volunteer today!

 

Health Fair Request Form

DSC_3982The Foundation hosts community education seminars, joins in health fairs, and conducts testing in interested school systems throughout the State of Georgia about Sickle Cell Disease and other abnormal hemoglobins.

The Foundation participates with an exhibit booth or, when feasible, by bringing the Mobile Health Unit.  Consent cards are required for testing.  Minors must provide parental consent cards, available on the website (below).

The Foundation is particularly busy during September, which is Sickle Cell Awareness Month.  Most educational programs are free, however testing and laboratory services as well as some specialty classes designed for healthcare professionals — (with or without continuing education credits), may require a registration  fee.

Additionally, Foundation staff participates in health fairs and conferences  at the request of community organizations, nonprofits, fraternities and sororities, churches, and  businesses in Georgia. Education, screening and other activities may be available to your group.   Due to the  rising costs of medical supplies, transportation costs, and laboratory services, the Foundation cannot offer free testing.    The Foundation  accepts medical insurance and donations.  Groups must meet Minimum participation numbers to conduct screenings at health fairs.

  • To request participation at your next health fair, complete and submit the Health Fair Request form click here.

Your request will be reviewed and an email notification will be generated.  Confirmations are typically honored, however attendance is not guaranteed.  Please allow 4 to 6 weeks notice to schedule Health Fair participation requests.  Send questions to bsinclair@sicklecellga.org.

 

Georgia House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

marijuana plantMore Georgians with chronic illnesses would be able to treat their symptoms with medical marijuana under legislation that cleared the state House of Representatives Monday.

A bill that passed 152-8 and now moves to the Senate, would expand the list of diseases that qualify for treatment with cannabis oil from eight to 14. The additional illnesses on the list would include autism spectrum disorder, AIDS, a skin disease known as epidermolysis bullosa, peripheral neuropathy, Tourette’s syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The measure would represent the next step toward fully legalizing medical marijuana after lawmakers passed a bill last year protecting Georgians from prosecution for possession of cannabis oil if they been authorized by a physician to receive the drug and have signed up with the state for the program.

But the version of the bill that made it to the House floor stopped short of the bill introduced by Rep. Allen Peake last month. The original bill would have permitted the growth, processing and distribution of cannabis oil in Georgia.

Peake, R-Macon, said he was disappointed the legislation was watered down by the House Judiciary Committee (Non-civil). But he said the issue won’t go away as long as Georgia patients need access to cannabis oil without having to go out of state to get the drug.

“At some point, we need to fix this problem,” Peake told his House colleagues before the vote. “Hurting Georgians deserve that from us.”

The bill passed the House early on Crossover Day, the deadline for legislation to clear at least one legislative chamber.

 

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Praise 102.5 & Sickle Cell

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KD Bowes on Praise 102.5 March 1, 2016 broadcasting LIVE our 

37th Annual Sickle Cell Road Race/Walk & East Point Health Fest

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Skate Party

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On December 18th, 2015 we hosted our 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater skate party at the Cascade Skating Rink in Atlanta, GA. We had a blast!

Thanks to each of you that participated in helping make our 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party a success.

We look forward to an even bigger event this year.  Stay tuned for the new date and location for 2106.

 

First National Sickle Cell Patient Powered Registry “Get Connected”

Taking Charge of Your Health with the First National Sickle Cell Patient Powered Registry: “Get Connected”

 

Get Connected Logo“Get Connected” is a Patient Powered Registry designed to create a way for individuals with sickle cell and sickle cell trait to receive information about current advocacy initiatives, treatment, therapies, and research studies.

“Get Connected” collects and stores basic demographic information and allows registered persons with sickle cell to keep their medical history secured and up-to-date in one electronic location. It provides a continuous stream of newsletters, community forms, and other information about sickle cell. A national patient registry where everyone can actively stay up-to-date on the sickle cell community and maintain their medical histories will allow the sickle cell community to become stronger and more unified in efforts to build better health care solutions across the country. Input from registered people with sickle cell will help to identify critical needs and form a voice to support vital research; and lead to the development of much needed care improvement guidelines.

Aggregate level (no names or other identifying information) data from entries made by individual with sickle cell will provide insights on the number people currently are living with sickle cell disease in the United States. This critical information can then be used to request substantial funding support for research and treatment – bringing us another step closer to finding a cure.

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH AND REGISTER TODAY, Click Here. All information is stored on a secure database and all identifiable health information entered into the registry is protected as required by the terms of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPPA). No personal health information will be shared with anyone without your permission.

For more information about our Community Health Workers Click Here:

Asabi Jeter, Metropolitan Atlanta             404-680-8312; ajeter@sicklecellga.org

 

Meet Your New Sickle Cell Disease Community Health Workers

Meet Your New Sickle Cell Disease Community Health Workers

 

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia and state partners are hitting the streets to improve the lives of people living with Sickle Cell Disease.

With the support of funding from the U.S. Health Services Resource Administration (HRSA), SCFG is partnering with the Sickle Cell Disease Association of American (SCDAA) to send community health workers (CHW) into the community to help adolescents and adults who have sickle cell disease but do not have a regular healthcare provider for sickle cell find a medical home. CHWs are community members who help individuals with sickle cell adopt healthy behaviors. The CHWs are selected from the community and are trained and certified to service the sickle cell community. They provide services to improve the health outcomes of individuals with sickle cell and help them enroll in a new national sickle cell registry, “Get Connected”. Click Here for more information on “Get Connected”. CHWs conduct community outreach, including home visits, to promote, maintain, and improve the health of individuals living with sickle cell disease.

In addition to serving individuals in Metropolitan Atlanta, SCFG is partnering with the Central Alabama Chapter of SCDAA, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Greater Montgomery, and the U. S. Virgin Islands Department of Health to provide CHWs in Birmingham, Montgomery (Autauga, Butler, Chambers, Coffee, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, and Tallapoosa Counties); and St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.

Our new CHWs bring years of experience with sickle cell disease, sickle cell trait, and community outreach. They are ready to provide assistance to anyone in the community with sickle cell or sickle cell trait.

 

 Asabi Jeter (Metropolitan Atlanta) 

Asabi JeterAs a communications specialist, Asabi Jeter worked in the television and telecommunications industry for ten years. Since her retirement from communications, she returned to school to pursue a master’s degree in public health with a focus on sickle cell and community outreach. She chartered two sickle cell support groups, one in Georgia and one in Texas to lay a foundation for others to build on. Her passion is sickle cell disease, living the life of someone with sickle cell disease and helping others. Asabi’s mantra is “Live life. Don’t let life live you. Every day is a new life day.” She enjoys world travel and reading. Contact Asabi @ 404-680-8312 or send an email ajeter@sicklecellga.org


 

Volunteer Reception 11-13-15 Pictures

Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. Praises Volunteers

 

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. recognized over 100 of its faithful volunteers recently at the annual appreciation event. Each of the volunteers received a gift bag and certificate of appreciation for their support to the Foundation throughout the year.

The Foundation also announced its coveted Volunteer of the Year awards for services above and beyond the call of duty. Karen Hughes was named Volunteer of the Year along with Dr. Tom Adamkiewicz who received a standing ovation. A plaque was also presented to J.U.G.S. of Atlanta for Volunteer Organization of the Year.

Hughes, a long-time volunteer, was recognized for her participation at every one of the Foundation’s 2015 events.

Dr. Adamkiewicz, a pediatric hematologist, was recognized for the outstanding volunteer service he provided as Medical Director for Camp New Hope. “Dr. Tom” as he is affectionately known, provided 24-hour medical coverage to ensure the well-being of campers over the week.

J.U.G.S. International, Inc. (Justice-Unity-Generosity-Service, International, Incorporated) was honored for its years of charitable service to the Foundation.

The reception was held at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, where Rev. Dr. Gregory Sutton is senior pastor. Over 200 guest attended including volunteers, their family and friends and SCFG staff. SCFG supporter and philanthropist Gail Aaron, representing the Aaron Trust Foundation served as event sponsor.

Evening highlights included the introduction of the new Sickle Cell Poster Child, Eliezer Washington, and donation of over 25 lap quilts from volunteers of the Adamsville Green Senior Community.