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)
As 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 firstname.lastname@example.org