Indeed, it is time to celebrate the accomplishments of Community Health Interventions and Sickle Cell Agency, Inc.(CHISCA), the community, and our partners. We have successfully collaborated to provide the community with new and recurring quality services. It is time to reflect on the past, to contemplate the future. In the words of President Obama, “We have to acknowledge the progress we made, but understand that we still have a long way to go. That things are better, but still not good enough.” That is why I am asking for your help. I am convinced that there is no limit to what we can accomplish when we work together and support one another with courage and purpose. There is no better time than now to grow in number and strength in order to reach our goal of improving the quality of life for communities in Carteret, Craven, Cumberland, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, Robeson and Wayne Counties.
CHISCA is dedicated to providing care coordination, education and testing for people living with sickle cell disease and diabetes, HIV Testing, HIV/STD prevention education, and educational seminars. On-going medical technology has provided proven pain management strategies for sickle cell patients and increased the life expectancy and quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately, until medical research provides us with a cure, the services CHISCA provides are an integral component to the health and wellness of our communities. Therefore, educating the public is our major objective.
President Obama once said, “Like no other illness, AIDS tests our ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes-to empathize with the plight of our fellow man.” We encourage you to step into the shoes of an individual living with Sickle Cell Disease or HIV/AIDS to recognize that these people are our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family members. We cannot sit around and wait for change to come. We must take an active role in bringing about change.
I want to thank you for your interest in our organization’s efforts. Obviously, there is still much to be done and we look forward to the future with confidence and optimism, knowing that in the spirit of cooperation, we will all play a role in improving the health and wellness of our communities and eliminating health disparities.
Mary E. McAllister