January 2020 - In This Issue:
Since its creation in 1994, The Rapides Foundation has sought to improve the health status of Central Louisiana by developing initiatives and strategies intended to impact our community for decades to come.  We invite you to learn more about our work by visiting our website.

The Rapides Foundation focuses its work in three strategic areas:

Healthy People, to improve access to healthcare and promote healthy behaviors.

Education, to increase the level of educational attainment and achievement as the primary path to improved economic, social and health status.

Healthy Communities, to improve economic opportunity and family income, and enhance civic and community opportunities for more effective leaders and organizations.

Contact Us

The Rapides Foundation
1101 Fourth Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
318-443-3394 or 800-994-3394

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Information about application process for teacher residency program to be provided
The Orchard Foundation is holding information sessions for interested applicants to learn more about the Central Louisiana Instructional Partnership, a paid teacher residency program that develops middle school math and science teachers for high-needs schools in Central Louisiana. 

Anyone interested in learning more about the program is invited to attend an information session on February 3 or March 2. Both sessions will be from 6-7 p.m. on the Mezzanine Floor of The Rapides Foundation Building, 1101 Fourth Street, Alexandria. Registration is requested. 

These informal settings will allow people to learn the details about the program and to ask questions. CLIP Field Coordinator Jennifer Cowley will be on hand to share the requirements of the program, the best steps to apply and other recommendations to assist individuals through the application process. 

Annual event introduces students to career possibilities
Students Exploring Career Opportunities (SECO), an interactive career expo for Central Louisiana tenth grade students, was held  November 20 and 21, 2019, at the Randolph Riverfront Center. This is the sixth SECO event presented by The Orchard Foundation, The Rapides Foundation and the nine public school districts in Central Louisiana. 

SECO is designed to introduce students to career possibilities and allows participants to experience simulations and hands-on activities at a variety of stations staffed by area businesses. The goal is to foster student engagement and ultimately spark an interest in future careers. 

Free reading program is for children ages 0-5 years old and their parents or caregivers
The Orchard Foundation has scheduled several new Read to Soar workshops throughout Central Louisiana and is taking registrations now. 

The Read to Soar program is a free, eight-session reading program for children ages 0-5 years old along with their parents or caregivers. The program helps develop and strengthen a culture of reading at home by educating parents, building a child's home library and increasing awareness about community resources to help ensure the child has the tools for school success. 

Sessions are limited to 15 families at a time and registration is required in advance of the first session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. If a workshop is not currently scheduled in your parish, you can contact The Orchard Foundation at 318-767-3018 to join the waiting list. 

Eligible residents can receive free cancer screenings
The CMAP Cancer Screening Van will visit multiple parishes to offer free cancer screens for eligible residents. 

The van is a mobile digital mammography unit that travels throughout Central Louisiana parishes twice a month. Patients receive free clinical breast exams, digital mammograms, cervical exams, Pap smears and colon cancer screening take-home tests. The van is a partnership between The Rapides Foundation, Cenla Medication Access Program and the Partners in Wellness Program at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health Shreveport. 

The services are free of charge for Central Louisiana residents who do not have health insurance. The program follows American Cancer Society screening guidelines, which recommend how often men and women should get screened, and at what ages. 

Appointments are required. To request an appointment, call the Cancer Screening Program at 318-767-3027 or toll-free at 1-855-767-3027. 

Joe Rosier

The mission of The Rapides Foundation is to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. 

Our vision is to positively impact Central Louisiana by deploying resources to improve key factors of health status.