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Video Clips from RFK Lafitte Medical Clinic Grand Opening

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.


Alliance Institute Celebrates Jean Lafitte Clinic Grand Opening with RFK Center's Kerry Kennedy

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.


Jean Lafitte Mayor Meets with Health Care Clinic Advocates, Touts Progress

Mayor Tim Kerner (Jean Lafitte, LA), Michael Roberts and Tracy Khuns of the Louisiana BayouKeepers, and Yakima Keels Black, CEO of Jefferson Community Health Care Center.On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 the new CEO of the Jefferson Community Health Care Center (JCHCC), Yakima Keels Black, visited with Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner along with representatives of the Louisiana BayouKeepers and Alliance Institute to discuss arrangements for providing health care for the residents of Jean Lafitte, Barataria, and Crowne Pointe, Louisiana.

The meeting included a tour of a proposed facility to house the clinic. Following the tour, the CEO of JCHCC commented that the space exceeded her expectations.  Both the mayor and Mrs. Black expressed excitement about the possibility of bringing the clinic to fruition.  Tracy Khuns of the Louisiana BayouKeepers was also very excited as she has been working with area residents to get access to healthcare since the BP oil disaster.

The meeting was one of several towards getting the clinic opened.  Alliance Institute has been instrumental in bringing all the partners together and shepherding the project.  The effort has been made possible with a grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation.