November 2019 - 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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Let The Rapides Foundation be your resource for healthy recipes, cooking and exercise videos, and holiday tips.
The Rapides Foundation is encouraging everyone to "Have a Healthy Holiday" with healthier holiday recipes and preparation videos, simple exercise videos, and tips to keep you on track with your health goals during the busy holiday season. 

To give you a jump-start on a healthy holiday menu, the Foundation is featuring several recipes, including Ben Mims' Perfect Cornbread, Creole-style Black-Eyed Peas, Chicken and Smoked Sausage Paella, Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cream Pie, and Pumpkin Pie Mousse Cups. Additional recipes from previous holiday campaigns are also available. 

All of the recipes, as well as preparation videos for each of the featured recipes, are available to watch on the Foundation's "Have a Healthy Holiday" page or by visiting the Foundation on Facebook, TwitterPinterest or YouTube

Foundation partners with CLTCC to advance manufacturing training in the region.
The Rapides Foundation received the Walter G. Bumphus Excellence in Leadership Award at the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Foundation's Impact Awards in September. 

The Impact Awards spotlight individuals, organizations, businesses and industries whose leadership efforts have been notably effective in advancing Louisiana's education and workforce needs within the LCTCS system. 

The Rapides Foundation was recognized with the award because of its partnership with the Central Louisiana Technical Community College to advance manufacturing training within Central Louisiana.

Event draws approximately 600 students and teachers from seven Cenla parishes.
As part of its Healthy Behaviors Initiative, The Rapides Foundation hosts the Youth Summit on Healthy Behaviors each year as a way for Central Louisiana students to learn how to become advocates for healthy choices and policy change in their schools and communities.

The ninth annual summit was held October 9, with approximately 600 students and teachers from seven school districts attending the event at the Randolph Riverfront Center. The theme was #MoveMore #EatWell #LiveClean, and the event included youth advocacy presentations, energizer breaks, and breakout sessions to educate summit participants on the issues of tobacco prevention, substance and alcohol abuse prevention, and healthy eating and active living. 

Eligible residents can receive free prescription medicines and cancer screenings.
An initiative of The Rapides Foundation provides eligible residents with free prescription medications and cancer screens. The programs are administered by CMAP and funded under the Foundation's Healthcare Access Initiative. 

The Cenla Medication Access Program offers free or reduced-cost prescriptions to clients throughout Louisiana. 

The CMAP Cancer Screening Project provides free screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers through a mobile screening unit for residents in the nine-parish service area of The Rapides Foundation.

Board service is next step for graduates.
Eight Central Louisiana leaders graduated October 18 from Cenla Boardbuilders, a leadership development program for interested community members who want to become active on local nonprofit boards.

Through Cenla Boardbuilders, a program of Community Development Works and The Rapides Foundation, participants are trained through a series of sessions on the roles and responsibilities of an effective board member. Two learning tracks are available: Track I, for newly seated board members with limited service experience who are seeking training only; and Track II, for individuals with no previous board service who are seeking training and help to connect with local nonprofits. 

Graduates of the 2019 Cenla Boardbuilders program are: Track I: Claire Hetherwick and Kellie Peyton; Track II: Joshua Bester, Taura Denmon, Delphine Hammer, Titan Marler, Jared Price and Kelli West.

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.