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About us

The Full Story

SiCAWRE LLC was founded by the dynamic mother-daughter team of Francine and Jasmin Baker, dedicated to spearheading a transformative movement centered on sickle cell disease. At the core of SiCAWRE’s mission are four pillars: raising awareness, advocacy, wellness promotion, and evidence-based research. These crucial elements drive SiCAWRE’s commitment to improving the lives of those affected by sickle cell disease.

Raising Awareness and Advocacy

SiCAWRE recognizes the urgency of raising widespread awareness about sickle cell disease. Through tireless advocacy efforts, the organization aims to amplify the voices and needs of the sickle cell community. Advocacy forms the cornerstone of SiCAWRE's initiatives, championing better healthcare services, improved treatment access, and policies that cater to the unique requirements of individuals with sickle cell disease. Collaborations with healthcare providers, policymakers, and community organizations are key to effecting positive change and enhancing the quality of care.

Promoting Wellness

Focusing on wellness is pivotal for individuals living with sickle cell disease. SiCAWRE is committed to promoting healthy lifestyle choices, managing symptoms effectively, and offering resources for self-care. The organization facilitates educational programs, workshops, and support groups that holistically address the physical, emotional, and social dimensions of life with sickle cell disease, contributing to improved overall well-being and quality of life.

Evidence-Based Research

Research stands as a cornerstone of SiCAWRE's mission. By supporting and promoting rigorous, evidence-based research, the organization contributes to advancing our understanding of the disease. This pursuit of knowledge fuels the development of novel treatments, informs healthcare practices, and drives innovation in managing sickle cell disease. SiCAWRE's research endeavors aim to identify knowledge gaps, leading to improved patient outcomes and more effective disease management.

Education and Community Collaboration

Education is instrumental in dispelling misconceptions surrounding sickle cell disease. SiCAWRE actively develops educational materials, conducts awareness campaigns, and provides training to healthcare professionals, educators, and the general public. By elevating knowledge and understanding, SiCAWRE reduces stigma, fortifies support systems, and empowers individuals grappling with sickle cell disease.

At the heart of SiCAWRE’s endeavors lies a steadfast commitment to centering the sickle cell community in all its activities. Collaboration with individuals living with sickle cell disease, their families, and support networks fosters inclusivity, gathers invaluable insights, and builds a resilient community.

Through a cohesive focus on advocacy, wellness, research, and education, SiCAWRE endeavors to make a profound impact. The organization's dedication to these core areas fuels the advancement of awareness, health outcomes, and the overall well-being of the sickle cell community.

Jasmin Baker
Sickle Cell Warrior, Educator, & Healthcare Advocate

Cofounder

Hello everyone; Welcome to our website!

I am a passionate advocate for education and health, dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others. A proud graduate of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I achieved academic excellence, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology. But more importantly, I am a passionate advocate for education and health, dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others. 

 

My journey in education has been rich and diverse, from internships and student teaching to tutoring elementary students. I find joy in working with children and am excited about the prospect of being a full-time teacher, aspiring to shape the minds of second to fifth-grade students. Looking towards the future, my ambition is to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education, Culture, and Society. I am driven by a deep-seated desire to explore and address educational disparities across the nation, with a vision of contributing to the improvement of educational opportunities for all.

 

Beyond the classroom, I have dedicated a decade of my life to advocating for individuals affected by sickle cell disease.  I actively participate in clinical trials, aiming to contribute to advancements in the treatment and understanding of sickle cell disease. More importantly, as a speaker at schools, churches, and sickle cell conventions, I raise awareness and educate others about the challenges faced by sickle cell warriors.

 

My advocacy has been recognized by the receipt of the Public Service Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the Woman of Distinction Award, and the Service Award from the Emmanuel Brinklow SDA Church. Additionally, I am certified in Early Childcare & Education recognized by the State of Maryland and in research ethics for Social & Behavioral Research (IRB).

 

Driven by a passion for both education and health advocacy, I am committed to making a lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of others. Through continuous learning, community engagement, and a heart dedicated to service, I aim to contribute to a brighter and more equitable future for all.

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Francine Baker, M.S.
Advocate for Sickle Cell Awareness & Health Equity

Cofounder

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website! A little about myself - I am a wife, mother, advocate, scientist, and public health activist driven by a fervent dedication to improving lives and reshaping healthcare access. My journey began with a deeply personal mission—to ensure that each of my children, two of whom live with sickle cell disease, experiences the highest possible quality of life. They are the driving force behind my unwavering commitment to raising awareness about sickle cell disease.

 

My passion for addressing health disparities has led me to collaborate with numerous organizations, leveraging research, community education, policy, and advocacy to tackle the social determinants of health. Sickle cell disease remains at the forefront of my endeavors; it's my unwavering commitment. However, my advocacy extends beyond a single illness. I firmly believe that access to quality healthcare should be a fundamental human right.

 

My advocacy work is a testament to this belief. I tirelessly champion health equity and advocate for comprehensive healthcare access. Whether through raising awareness about sickle cell disease or advocating for broader health issues, my goal remains unchanged—to empower communities with knowledge and actionable steps that can significantly improve their health and subsequently enhance their quality of life.

 

I firmly believe that by enhancing individual well-being, we uplift entire communities, contributing to a healthier nation and a better world. Each action taken toward better health for one individual resonates as progress for us all.

 

Join me in this journey towards a world where health is a right, not a privilege, and where every individual, regardless of circumstance, has access to the care and resources they need to thrive.

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