Celebrating 30 Years of Providing Access to Healthcare For The Uninsured In Our Community!
The Mission of the MLK Health Center & Pharmacy is to extend comprehensive primary healthcare and pharmacy services at no cost to uninsured patients with chronic illness who otherwise often forgo routine medical care because of a lack of resources.
If you have questions about becoming a patient please visit our Common Questions page or call 318-227-2912 ext. 3 for information on how to enroll.
In The News
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.
Ladies' Night Out 2016
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MLK Women's Health Program Receives Grant from Susan G. Komen North Louisiana
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.
MLK Health Receives 35K 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.”
Grants awarded to free clinics nationwide in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics have allowed organizations to increase operating hours and the number of patient visits, resulting in a decrease in the number of emergency room visits and improved patient compliance. “Through our multi-year partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, we’ve seen firsthand the impact that free clinics have on the health and well-being of their local communities,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Health Foundation.
HEART Program Helps Educate on Heart Health Risk
MLK Health Center & Pharmacy’s HEART (Health-Education-Awareness-Resource-Team) Program is a community based program that combines health screening and health risk assessments to decrease the effects of cardiovascular disease.
We have been providing care to uninsured and underinsured patients for 30 years. Over that time, we have seen an increase of patients with chronic illness, often being diagnosed at a younger age. The diabetes prevalence rate among adults in Louisiana is consistently higher than other states and heart disease remains the #1 cause of death for adults.
“The HEART program will intensify our existing efforts to increase awareness of personal health risk factors and engage individuals in targeted wellness education & behavior change techniques with a goal of improving their health and quality of life”, said Janet Mentesane, MLK Health Executive Director. READ MORE AT KTAL
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It Takes a Community to Make a Garden Grow: How it All Began
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 Receives Support from Avon
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a one-year grant to MLK Health Center & Pharmacy to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. This is the fifth year that the program has received funding from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to support our work on this important health issue and in recognition of the program’s excellence.
The Women’s Health program at MLK educates Northwest Louisiana-area women and refers them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their own communities. The vital program also coordinates and supports a continuous team-based healing relationship between patient and provider to help ensure that 100% of patients, who need diagnostic, follow-up and/or treatment services, get the quality clinical care, education and support they need.
Tulane's 'Dr. Gourmet' Talks Culinary Medicine before our Annual Luncheon
The head of the medical school teaching kitchen at Tulane University was in Shreveport Wednesday to speak at a luncheon hosted by the Martin Luther King Health Center.
Dr. Timothy Harlan, known as "Dr. Gourmet" for his guest appearances on The Food Network, stands in MLK Health Center's community garden that opened this year adjacent to its building.
Internist Timothy Harlan launched the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane three years ago. His curriculum has since been adopted by 18 medical schools and health care centers nationwide, including one nursing school in Arkansas.