Sickle Cell Association—West Alabama (SCA-WA) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) education and social service organization in Northport, Alabama.

Founded in 1985, SCA-WA provides comprehensive education and awareness services through diagnostic testing, evaluation, counseling and supportive services to individuals and families at risk for Sickle Cell Disease.

Our Mission

SCA-WA seeks to improve the health and status of persons affected or at risk of sickle cell disease and related hemoglobinopathies within West Alabama through six broad categories of service:

  • Public and professional health education
  • Screening for detection
  • Medical referrals
  • Genetic counseling
  • Psychosocial supportive services
  • Pediatric sickle cell clinics

Our Services

We provide a wide range of services to individuals and families with either sickle cell trait or variants of the disease itself. Key services include:

  • Counseling and tracking services for parents with infants who screen positive through the Alabama Newborn Screening Program

  • Genetic counseling

  • Coordination of medical, social services, education, and support for the client families

  • Allied medical and professional training

  • Community outreach through local health fairs and targeted health events


Our Service Area

SCA-WA is designated as Region II within the Alabama Department of Public Health, which comprises our service areas of Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Winston counties.