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In The News
MLK Health Receives CVS Grant
The grant has been awarded as part of the CVS Health Foundation’s commitment to address the need for more accessible, coordinated health care in our local communities. The grant will support MLK Health Center's diabetes and cardiovascular disease programs.
“The grant we’re receiving from the CVS Health Foundation will help us in our continued effort to reduce overall health care costs and improve patient care outcomes for those in our local community,” said Janet Mentesane, Executive Director for MLK. “We are honored to receive this grant which will help ensure that we can support patients in Shreveport and surrounding parishes who are looking for accessible, neighborhood health care options.”
Over the past four years, the Foundation has donated nearly $5 million to increase access to quality care and support the management of chronic disease.
"Our support has yielded significant results over the past four years that demonstrate how increased access to quality care and innovative approaches to chronic disease management can affect the lives of the most vulnerable Americans," said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation.
MLK Women's Health Program Receives $30,000 Grant from Avon
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $30,000 one-year grant to MLK Health Center & Pharmacy to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer and advance the mission of our Women’s Health Program to provide screenings for uninsured and underinsured women across the region. It is the sixth year that the program has received funding from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program’s excellence.
The Women’s Health Program at MLK Health Center & Pharmacy educates women in Northwest Louisiana and refers them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities.
MLK Diabetes Self-Management Program Receives Recognition from American Diabetes Association
MLK Health Center & Pharmacy has received the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program.
The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self -Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population in the United States that have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.
MLK Health Center in Shreveport adds 'culinary medicine' capabilityMLK Health Center in Shreveport adds 'culinary medicine' capability
The Everyday Choices Community Garden and Learning Center was made possible through a $35,966 donation from energy giant BHP Billiton. A check presentation was held Tuesday in the garden. The move will further expand MLK Health Center’s services, according to executive director Janet Mentesane. Listen on Red River Radio.
MLK Garden Featured on 2017 Le Tour des Jardins
Ready to go shopping for some healthy inexpensive food? Download the Healthy Diet Guidelines from Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine Below
Free & Charitable Clinics Need Help
Free and Charitable Clinics like, MLK Health Center & Pharmacy are on the frontlines of the issue of access to care.
We offer a hand up, not a
hand out, to someone who is struggling with the all too often hidden shame of not being able to pay for health care. We activate at the local and grassroots level, not the government level, to meet the healthcare needs of our community. Read more in The Times
How your dollars make a difference
Open one of the PDFs below to learn more about how your donations translate into quality health care for the most vulnerable members of our community.
It Takes a Community to Make a Garden Grow: How it All Began
Susan G. Komen Awards Grant To Support Women's Health Program
Susan G. Komen North Louisiana has awarded MLK Health Center & Pharmacy with one of three community grants to support our Women’s Health Program.
Komen awarded grants totaling $222,904 to support breast cancer programs during their annual Awards Luncheon April 5th. In addition, a small grants program for innovative breast health educational programs and breast cancer survivor support provided grants to four noteworthy programs.
“We are proud that the Susan G. Komen North Louisiana has chosen to support our program. With these funds we will be able to provide mammograms and breast health education to underserved women across the region and provide cancer screenings for many women who would not otherwise have access to care,” said Janet Mentesane, Executive Director, MLK Health Center & Pharmacy.
Donations from the NWLA Komen Race for the Cure this past September along with other fundraising events and individual donors made this funding possible. Volunteers make those events possible, as well as breast cancer awareness educational events.