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Alliance Institute is 501(c)(3) organization that provides community organizing training and capacity building assistance to non-profits and community-based organizations in New Orleans and across the gulf south. With a primary goal of increasing economic and social equity through community engagement, Alliance Institute works to provide individuals, families, and organizations with the skills and tools they need to fully participate in the decision making processes that affect them in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities.

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Health Care Access Along the Gulf Coast

By bringing together a diverse set of stakeholders from across the Gulf Coast region, Alliance Institute and its partners are ensuring that residents have a real say in the future of healthcare services in their communities.


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Entries in North Florida Educational Development Corp. (4)

Wednesday
Jan162013

Mobile, AL Training Closes Out "Powerful Facilitation" Series for GRHOP Community Involvement Partners

Staff members from VIET, Hijra House, Boat People SOS, NFEDC and Alliance Institute at the Powerful Facilitation workshop.On January 10-11 in Mobile, AL, Alliance Institute and Global Learning Partners hosted the second of two facilitation workshops for eight leaders from the four participating community-based organizations (CBOs) in the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP). GRHOP will help address the health needs of gulf coast residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

As part of this effort, the CBOs are expected to host monthly coalition meetings including local and state agencies and health center representatives, as well as monthly community meetings. Alliance Institute wants to support the CBOs to be successful at leading these coalition and community meetings since they will set the stage for a long, growing collaborative process. Global Learning Partners, Alliance Institute’s partner in the trainings, believes in the power of a dialogue approach to planning and facilitating these exchanges. 

Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training (Louisiana), Hijra House (Mississippi), Boat People SOS (Alabama), and North Florida Educational Development Corp. (Florida) participated in the training. The “Powerful Facilitation” series was a part of a larger Alliance Institute effort aimed at strengthening the resilience of the whole Gulf region through community involvement. 

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Tuesday
Jan082013

NFEDC Convenes Healthcare Meetings with Gulf Coast Florida Stakeholders

NFEDC Executive Director Carolyn Ford chairs a GRHOP coalition meeting in Bay County, FL.By Glenda Spears

North Florida Education Development Corporation (NFEDC) was selected as the community based organization to lead the way on the Gulf Regional Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) for the five northwestern Florida counties affected by the BP drilling disaster. Early in the process NFEDC began attending meetings of groups and organizations who were already formed to address particular needs and concerns within their particular communities. This initial outreach allowed NFEDC to become acquainted with many of the people who were already leading the charge around health care and services within the communities they would be charged to work with.

The five county target area – comprising Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Bay – is one of the largest areas covered by GRHOP.  These counties have high concentrations of the working poor, persons who work every day and struggle to make ends meet and provide the basic necessities for their families. GRHOP will help expand health care access to these and other families.

On December 19, 2012, NFEDC and Louisiana Public Health Institute hosted a convening in San Destin, FL of local, area, and state leadership representing health care providers, community service providers, and residents. Participants, numbering over 50, were asked to identify the top ten community health needs and barriers to getting these needs meet.  There was a great deal of work done by the group in a short period of time and several new partnerships were made to further this great work along.  The efforts of NFEDC have begun the critical ground work necessary for the success of the program, and everyone is excited about what this will mean for the people of Florida.