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 have CHW’s serving in Columbus and Augusta.

Our new CHWs bring years of experience with sickle cell disease or 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) – Senior Community Health Worker

asabiAs 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



Natasha M. Cook  (Metropolitan Atlanta) – Community Health Worker
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Natasha Cook is  is a dedicated Community Health Worker and Researcher with a keen passion in Public Health Education.

Her vast experience includes working on many health initiatives to educate and inform the community. Under her leadership with the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, she educated and advised teens on best practices to abstain from sexual behavior, risky behaviors, contraception awareness and she articulated clearly and concisely to the student’s several best practices to prevent contracting STD’s .

In her role with the  Multi-‘Omic Micorbiome Study Pregnancy Initiative and as an Outreach/Case Manager for the city of Petersburg, Virginia Healthy Start Program, Natasha recruited study participants and collected study information into the organization’s vast data base. In Natasha’s collaboration with the leadership team, she served as a Life Skills Therapist where she assisted with and documented client’s activities of daily living, and documented their behavioral issues.

Working with the Adolescent Health Education program, Natasha designed and presented written and oral deliverable training presentations to the community about teen health awareness. In this role she also developed curriculum tailored to suit the needs and maturity of the students.

She is currently a Sociology student attending St. Leo University, in St. Leo Florida.  Natasha has a summer of 2017 projected graduation date, and will earn her undergraduate degree in Sociology.

Natasha is CPR Certified and CTI Training. She is from Georgia and enjoys traveling and spending time with family.



Prentice Griggs  (Metropolitan Atlanta) – Community Health Worker

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After graduating from college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Administration, I moved back home and started working for the United Cerebral Palsy Association.

I never thought that I would be able to work directly with people who have disabilities. Having family members who are disabled, I knew that it required a lot of patience. After a couple of weeks, I fell in love with my consumers. Now after learning how to be patient, and learning a lot about myself, I am eager and ready to help people who can’t help themselves, and also assist people in my community.

My previous positions has provided me with opportunities to develop and refine my communication, interpersonal, time management, and problem solving skills. These accomplishments has enabled me to successful work with, direct, and lead diverse groups of personnel with different backgrounds and personalities. I am the definition of a people’s person. I have the ability to connect with people at an emphatic level. I go above and beyond for clients because without them there will be no business. My personality and ambitious nature have made me realize that my skills will be beneficial in dealing with any obstacle I face. I hope that my positive spirit and gumption for learning and teaching would spread to everyone that I come in contact with.



Ashley Catchings (Columbus, GA) –  Community Health Worker

ashley-catchingsAshley Catchings is a Community Health Worker for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. She received her B.F.A. from Columbus State University in May 2016. She is originally from Camilla, Georgia but currently resides in Columbus, GA. Ashley loves meeting and interacting with people. Her passions include art and animals. Her goal is to live life creatively while serving those who are in need.

 

 

 



Kim Terry  (Augusta, GA) –  Community Health Worker

kim-pic1Kimberly Terry, a native Augustan, is the CEO/President of Kimmunications, LLC., which is the corporation that produces Augusta, Georgia’s first local-origination, cable television talk show. The Kim’s Korner TV Show aired on Comcast Xfinity On-Demand in Augusta,  Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA.  Kim started the TV show in October 2011.  Her mission is to enlighten the CSRA and others on local issues relating to healthcare improvements, education opportunities, state and county political advances, economic/industrial growth and development, entertainment and social venues, as well as local physicians and small businesses in our beautiful city!  In 2012, she became a Partner Level member of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and has been a dedicated supporter of all events sponsored by the chamber.  Kim has also founded the Kim’s Korner Women’s Health Foundation to provide donations to local organizations who assist those affected with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pancreatic, Breast and Blood Cancers, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Sickle Cell Anemia, Endometriosis and Alzheimer’s.

Kim is a 1984 graduate of Westside High School, a 1988 graduate of Spelman College, a 2002 graduate of Troy State University, a 2014 Valedictorian graduate of the Training for Life Academy as a Certified Nursing Assistant and is leisurely pursuing a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.

Kim is a committed humanitarian and community servant and enjoys volunteering in the community.  She has served on the Board of Directors of The Family Counseling Center, Richmond-Burke Job Training Authority, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition with Richmond County Health Department and Michelle’s Kids.  From 1998-2002 Kim was an Instructor and Instructor Trainer for the American Red Cross-Augusta Chapter HIV/AIDS Education Program where she taught community education classes monthly in the Augusta area.  She is also a lifetime member of the NAACP. She currently serves on the Executive Council of the Southern Poverty Law Center with Morris Dees, Attorney/Civil Rights Activist and the Late Rosa Parks where she has a monogrammed brick on the Wall of Tolerance in Alabama.  Kim is also a proud member of (OLRM) Our Lady Rosary Makers for the Roman Catholic Church and has donated over 300 custom-made rosary beads to locals, priests, sisters and orphanages in Africa, Antigua and the Caribbean.  Socially, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Music Fraternity for Women and the American Counseling Association. Most recently, Kim has received recognition from previous Mayor Deke Copenhaver for Kim’s Korner TV Show being an asset to the citizens of the Augusta area.  She is a member of the local and VIP chapters of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) founded by Attorney Star Jones, New York, NY.