In the winter of 1990, a group of concerned citizens began to organize a local foundation to meet the risk population for Sickle Cell in North Alabama. North Alabama Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in May of 1990, and receives funds from the State of Alabama. Thanks to Senators and House of Representatives and others, we are still receiving state funding.
NASCF was established to improve the quality of life for people who suffer from Sickle Cell Conditions through patient enrichment programs. These programs include: educational enrichment, opportunities for career planning, health promotion and disease prevention activities, and socialization. NASCF's representatives act as liaisons or advocates and seek to encourage improved services and benefits for individuals and affected families. Referrals from local health departments, private physicians, social service agencies and hospitals are accepted. Free education, counseling and testing services are provided by NASCF to the general public. NASCF serves Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Marshall, Madison, and Morgan Counties.
NASCF's services provided to individuals and their families include: health care maintenance for Sickle Cell Conditions through health promotion seminars; help in emergency needs of food, clothing and housing; and socialization. In addition, a wellness clinic is set up at U.A.B. Medical Clinics which is designed to provide ongoing preventive medical care for Sickle Cell Patients (0-18 years of age). NASCF works closely with the State Department of Public Health in counseling and educating parents of children with Sickle Cell Trait or Hemoglobin C Trait test results; and in tracking newborns in North Alabama diagnosed as having a Sickle Cell Condition.