(4/2/19) The University of Louisiana Monroe announced today, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, that it would provide healthcare screenings and education events to citizens in Union, Morehouse, Richland, East Carroll, West Carroll, Tensas, Madison and Bienville parishes for the next three years thanks to a $96,679 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.
The ULM Colleges of Health Sciences and Pharmacy will partner with Ochsner LSUHSC-Monroe (formerly E.A. Conway) and local community organizations to conduct healthcare screenings and educational events in the service area. According to Project Manager, Dr. Susan Lacey, the ULM Kitty DeGree Chair in Nursing, “When individuals are identified at-risk or need additional education to manage a previously diagnosed condition, they will be referred to their original provider, a local provider, and/or a Federally Qualified Health Clinic.”
Screening for Life will also train area citizens to help manage the screenings and events. After the grant ends, ULM faculty will remain engaged with the Community Health Workers (CHWs) as they continue screenings and education in places where people gather, such as churches and beauty shops.
Susan Chappell, Executive Director of ULM Advancement, Foundation and Alumni Relations, said, “We thank Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for making it possible to reach north Louisiana citizens living in underserved areas with Screening for Life.”
ULM President Nick J. Bruno said the Screening for Life grant will allow the university to expand its healthcare services to surrounding communities that rank high nationally for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and obesity.
“Thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, ULM will be able to make an impact with people who have a significant need for healthcare services,” Bruno said.
Michael Tipton, president of the Blue Cross Foundation, says that the ULM project stands out for its partnerships, “Our Foundation has positioned itself to support communities coming together to solve tough health problems. We commend this unique partnership of educators, healthcare providers and community leaders to improve the health and lives of those living in the northeast region.”
The three year program begins August 1, 2019.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation works each day to improve the health and lives of Louisianians by empowering everyday people to do extraordinary good. By building and funding coalitions of friends, families and neighbors, the Foundation hopes to build a healthier Louisiana, particularly for its children. The Foundation is funded solely by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, but is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.