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The Health Enrichment Network

The Health Enrichment Network (THEN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to healthcare services, promoting the integration of preventative health providers, and promoting and providing health and prevention education. The organization was founded in 1999 and its operations are overseen by an engaged board that represents a cross-section of the community it serves. Since that time, THEN has captured over $5 million in grant funds to bring a myriad of wellness services to rural Louisiana in keeping with its mission and vision statement. THEN operates an indoor aquatic center addressing risk factors associated with forms of arthritis, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other diseases. THEN also sponsors a myriad of preventative health education programs including EMG in multiple locations across the 21 rural parish areas it serves.

LA Department of Health

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital’s top priority is to promote and protect the health of Louisiana’s children. Good oral health is critical to leading a healthy, active life. Fluoride varnish and dental sealants are simple and painless steps parents can take to improve the quality of their children’s’ lives and are a top priority for the DHH Oral Health Division. In support of that mission, DHH has been a primary partner of THEN’s Seal-a-Smile program for the past 15 years. www.dhh.louisiana.gov

Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI)

Founded in 1997, the Louisiana Public Health Institute’s mission is to promote and improve the health and quality of life in Louisiana through public-private partnering at community, parish and state levels. By fostering collaborative endeavors in the area of health information, public policy, applied research and community capacity enhancement, LPHI works to develop community-oriented solutions that improve the health of the Louisiana population. LPHI began working with EatMoveGrow in 2012 to evaluate programmatic data. The team at LPHI has partnered with EMG to develop new data collection systems to ensure quality data for all measures. www.LPHI.org / www.stayhealthyla.org

Southeast LA AHEC

The Louisiana Rural Health Association, (LRHA) is a non-profit, community-based membership organization that serves as a unified voice for the promotion of rural health care through advocacy, education, communication and networking. The LRHA began collaborating with the Health Enrichment Network, Inc. (THEN) with assistance from the Office of Rural Health Policy’s Better Health for the Delta grant program. THEN’s EatMoveGrow (EMG) program was developed in 2007 under a Delta States Rural Development outlay to meet the unique needs of rural Louisiana students for obesity prevention and nutrition education in the classroom. The LRHA has two EMG coordinators in 11 schools in the following 15 parishes: Assumption, Ascension, Iberia, Iberville, St. Martin, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemine, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John and St. Mary. The EMG Coordinators also provide outreach activities in the aforementioned parishes. www.lrha.org

Bunkie General Hospital

Bunkie General Hospital is part of the Avoyelles Hospital Service District #1, a Critical Access Hospital, extending services to a population of 41,481, of which 24.8% are below the poverty level. BGH is in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area and a Medically Underserved Area. BGH operates two Rural Health Clinics (RHC). Bunkie General Hospital’s primary goal is to continue to not only improve the health of those suffering with cardiovascular disease but also add to their patients’ quality of life by identifying, educating, intervening and treating them in an environment that is: accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, compassionate and culturally effective.

Southeast LA AHEC

Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SELAHEC) was created to increase access to quality health care for all Louisiana residents. They have offered to provide continuity to the Delta Phase III initiative, along with supplying any administrative support required as a Consortium Member. SELAHEC brings an array of important network options to the table to assist the full development of this focused program directed to reducing obesity in rural children. www.selahec.org

Southwest LA AHEC

The mission of the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SWLAHEC) is to improve health status through access to information, education and health services. SWLAHEC seeks to improve health through numerous programs focusing on two main areas: 1) recruiting and educating health professionals and 2) educating the public on how to live healthier lives. www.swlahec.com

OPEN

OPEN is the largest national organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity, and youth sports. We are dedicated to serving teachers, coaches, and the communities in which they live. We provide outcomes-based curriculum resources, professional development services, and member outreach. openphysed.org 

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