The Sickle Cell Association of the National Capital Area, Inc. (SCANCA, Inc.) is a community-based organization serving the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties, and Northern Virginia. Our focus is to educate individuals about the management of sickle cell disease.
Our education programs include workshops, health fairs, client support groups and publications that inform the community, including health and social professionals about sickle cell disease. Our client support programs include counseling, referrals and advocacy for individuals with sickle cell disease and their families. We partner with community organizations in the area to provide medical and social resources for our clients, and assist in research about sickle cell disease.
The Sickle Cell Association of the National Capital Area, Inc. was organized in April 1994 by a group of concerned medical professionals, individuals with sickle cell disease, their families, and the interested community. SCANCA, INC. was incorporated in 1995 under the name Metropolitan District of Columbia Sickle Cell Disease Association; however, it was granted a name change to Sickle Cell Association of the National Capital Area, Inc. by the District of Columbia regulatory agency. SCANCA, INC. received its 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status in 1996. SCANCA, INC. was a member of Community Health Charities of the National Capital Area, and participated in the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
The mission of the SCANCA, INC. is to provide programs that educate the National Capital Area community about sickle cell disease, and to utilize effective resources that benefit the lives of individuals with sickle cell disease, their families and their communities. Our goals are to:
- Further education and research in sickle cell disease.
- Promote community awareness of sickle cell disease.
- Promote and enhance educational and other opportunities for individuals with sickle cell disease.
- Provide a nonpartisan platform arena for major issues of local significance.
- Be a community advocate for those with sickle cell disease and their families.
Board of Directors Officers:
Iola Y. Williams, Founder/Executive Director
Cathy McCoy, Vice President
Beverly Ames, Secretary
Lorenzo Nichols, Jr., Treasurer
At-Large Board Members:
Oceola Y. Briscoe
Shanetta T. Richardson