To celebrate the opening of the RFK Lafitte Medical Clinic in Jean Lafitte, LA and the expansion of health care services along the Gulf Coast, Alliance hosted a lunch reception at Acme Oyster House on July 29, 2013 with the Robert F. Kennedy Center and Jefferson Community Health Care Centers. Alliance Institute is proud to have been a part of this important effort to expand Gulf Coast health care. Pictures from the event can be found in our website gallery or on our facebook page.
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The RFK Lafitte Medical Clinic celebrated its grand opening on July 29, 2013. Below are four excerpts from the press conference, featuring Kerry Kennedy from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, Tracy Kuhns from Louisiana BayouKeeper, Mayor Tim Kerner of Jean Lafitte, and Stephen Bradberry of Alliance Institute.
The RFK Lafitte Medical Clinic in Jean Lafitte, LA celebrated its grand opening on July 29th, three years after Alliance Institute and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights began pushing for expanded health care services in gulf coast communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Alliance Institute’s Stephen Bradberry, RFK Center’s Kerry Kennedy, Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner, Jefferson Community Health Care Centers CEO Dr. Shondra Williams, and Louisiana BayouKeeper’s Tracy Kuhns were all on hand during the ribbon cutting ceremony, speaking passionately about how much the health clinic’s opening means to the community.
“The opening of a full-time health clinic in Jean Lafitte is a significant victory for coastal Louisiana," said Alliance Institute Executive Director Stephen Bradberry. “This health clinic is a reminder of the good that can occur when public, private, and community interests align.”
The full time clinic will serve 5,000 families in the communities of Jean Lafitte, Barataria Bay, and Crown Point and create at least ten jobs for local residents. The state of the art clinic will provide critical health care options to residents who previously had to travel more than 30 minutes outside the area for similar services. Occupational health specialists will also be on site to provide diagnostic services to area workers who are still experiencing ill health effects from the oil spill and cleanup.
The clinic is part of a larger health care expansion project called the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) which will impact access to health care across 17 counties/parishes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. GRHOP is funded from the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement approved by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans on January 11, 2013.