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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.


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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Continuing the Fight for Expanded Healthcare Resources in Wake of BP Oil Spill Disaster

On January 12, 2011 Alliance Institute and others were invited to a small meeting following the release of “Deep Water, the Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling” by the National Commission on the BP Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.  At the event, Alliance Institute pointed out the need for access to health care in addition to long-term monitoring of workers associated with the disaster and the clean-up (a copy of the recommendations can be found here).

Following the 2010 BP Oil Drilling Disaster, Alliance Institute has been working diligently with the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, Louisiana BayouKeepers, Jefferson Community Health Care Clinic, and the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights to bring health care services to coastal communities affected by the disaster.

Alliance Institute and its partners are currently working through a variety of avenues to access the funding necessary to make health care professionals available to gulf coast communities.


Gulf Coast Advocates Meet with Clinton Global Initiative Task Force

On December 1, 2010 Alliance Institute and other organizations working on Gulf Coast recovery met with a Senior Associate for the Clinton Global Initiative's Environment and Energy Task Force.  A part of President Clinton's work world-wide, the task force is looking at America's gulf coast following the 2005 hurricane season and the BP oil drilling disaster. 

One of the few projects focused on the United States this was a unique opportunity to help provide the voice of those most impacted by the disasters.  During the meeting, we discussed coastal restoration, the need for greater access to health care, continued monitoring, as well as sustainable recovery and community oversight during all of these processes.

We discussed the opportunity for us to share our concerns and suggest our solutions to the full body of the task force over the coming months.  We also talked about the possibility of organizations from the region participating as partners in 2011, when they once again open the doors for applications.  This marks an important step towards getting the voice of the gulf heard by key decision makers in both government and business.  Also in attendance were Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, Gulf Restoration Network, Community Foundation of South Alabama, Bridge the Gulf, and Louisiana BayouKeepers.


Alliance Institute Receives BP Oil Spill Grant from Greater New Orleans Foundation

Alliance Institute is the proud recipient of a grant from the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation ( The purpose of the grant is to assist in the establishment of systems/processes for emergency health and oil clean-up training.  The grant will assist in the establishment of a health clinic to service the towns of Barataria, Crown Point and Lafitte, LA.

In August of this year, Alliance Institute helped to broker a deal between the town of Lafitte and the Jefferson Community Health Care Clinic to bring health care to the towns of Barataria, Crown Point and Lafitte.  The proposed health clinic will provide physical, mental and dental health access to these small gulf coast towns.

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Agreement Finalized to Bring New Health Clinic to Three Underserved Coastal Louisiana Cities

New health clinic will help underserved communities of Lafitte, Barataria, and Crown Point, LA.On Tuesday, August 24, 2010 Alliance Institute and Louisiana BayouKeepers finalized an agreement between the Town of Lafitte, Louisiana and the Jefferson Community Health Care Clinic.  The proposed clinic will bring access to community health care to the residents of Barataria, Crown Point, and Lafitte, LA.

On hand was Mayor Tim Kerner of Lafitte who granted access to the town’s health facility, which has been rented to private physicians; and Linwood Driver, Co-CEO of the Jefferson Community Health Care Clinic who agreed to provide physicians twice per week as well as coordination with mental health care professionals, and possibly dental care.  The clinic will provide care on a sliding scale to accommodate residents of all income.  Mayor Kerner requested, and Mr. Driver agreed that on-going monitoring of the health of oil spill workers will be a primary feature of the clinic.

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