iStock 889172928In addition to research and patient care activities conducted with outside hospitals and clinics, UAB has long-standing relationships with local community-based organizations who work closely with our sickle cell program to ensure patients remain faithful to their care plans. These community-based organizations provide representatives that are embedded in each of our clinics to provide education, support, and connection.

Our community partners are indispensable to our ongoing success. These organizations are often the philanthropic fundraising arms that help meet financial needs as well as community engagement.

There are six organizations across Alabama that participate in our network:

  • North Alabama Sickle Cell Foundation – Huntsville
  • SCDA-West Alabama Chapter – Northport
  • Central Alabama Sickle Cell Foundation – Birmingham
  • SCDAA- Mobile Chapter, Inc.
  • Sickle Cell Foundation of The River Region- Montgomery
  • Southeast Alabama Sickle Cell Association, Inc.- Tuskegee

The Center also conducts educational outreach through its Baby Step® program—a nine-part video series that is targeted to teach parents and caretakers of a baby with a sickle cell disease about the problems they may encounter during the first 10 years of life. This program is tailored to four different variations of sickle cell disease.