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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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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.


Hijra House Brings Together Diverse Groups for Health Care Access Dialogue

Hijra House, Southern Mississippi School of Social Work, and Louisiana Public Health Institute host a key informant meeting in Mississippi.By Glenda Spears

In October 2012, Biloxi-based nonprofit Hijra House was selected as the community based organization to lead the coastal Mississippi efforts of the Gulf Regional Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) which grew out of last year’s BP settlement to expand health care access along the gulf coast. Hijra House has been tasked with providing community outreach and health literacy advocacy to the three Mississippi counties most affected by the BP drilling disaster: Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson.

Hijra House has brought together key representatives from various groups and organizations that are reflective of the diverse makeup of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Under the leadership of Executive Director Ya-Sin Shabazz, Hijra House has been responsible for impressive participation in area community meetings.

On December 18, 2012, Hijra House co-hosted a meeting with the University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work and Louisiana Public Health Institute. Over 60 people participated, discussing and prioritizing the most important health needs that plague their particular community. The meeting was a huge success because it allowed all present to get a greater understanding of the work that will be done by GRHOP and Hijra House in the upcoming months and years as well as what role their agency or organization can play in carrying out this great work.

Hirja House has been providing outreach and instruction between community and health associations since 2009.


Boat People SOS Promotes Community Involvement in Health Care Planning Along Alabama Coast

BPSOS Regional Director Grace Scire at a key informant meeting in Alabama.By La'Keidra Mitchell

Boat People SOS, whose Alabama chapter is based out of Bayou La Batre, is the primary community based organization in Alabama working on the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP). Even though they are a small local organization, they are having a large impact on their community and on expanding access to health care across the Gulf Coast region.

The organization is well known and established in their community and is always finding ways they can better provide and leverage services and resources in the Mobile and Baldwin areas, the primary target areas for GRHOP in Alabama. Under the guidance of Executive Director Grace Scire, Boat People SOS began their GRHOP outreach by attending various community meetings and introducing the program to potential partners in both counties. Working with Louisiana Public Health Institute, the organization assisted with getting strategically important community representatives to attend the key informant meeting held in December 2012.

Boat People SOS also recognizes that the two targeted counties are very different and the organization has been very strategic in their community approach to ensure that it is both meaningful and effective. 


VIET Plays Key Role in Health Clinic Expansion Project in Louisiana

VIET hosts a community meeting on the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program.By La'Keidra Mitchell

Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training (VIET) has been making significant strides as the designated Louisiana community based organization for the Gulf Regional Health Outreach Program (GRHOP). VIET is engaging oil spill-impacted communities in seven Louisiana coastal parishes. Because the foundation of GRHOP began in Louisiana several years ago, the initial outreach process has progressed at much quicker pace than in the other project states. 

VIET is very well known throughout New Orleans and under the leadership of Cyndi Nguyen the organization is already deeply engaged in many community coalitions and activities. VIET started strong in their GRHOP community coalition involvement with a November 2012 meeting in the New Orleans East community. The meeting introduced GRHOP to community members and asked for feedback. Subsequent meetings were scheduled and partners have remained engaged and excited about GRHOP through VIET’s interactive approaches of outreach. A tour has been scheduled of the NOELA clinic and community feedback cards have been created for distribution in the area. 

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